Book Review: Eleanor and Park

Two misfits. One extraordinary love.

Stories about a girl who thinks she isn’t pretty but is and a boy who is really hot and popular and falls in love with her was getting old. So when I heard about Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and ParkΒ I was quite intrigued. The book is about a girl named Eleanor and a boy named Park, kinda obvious right? Eleanor is the new kid at a classic high school in the 1986. Eleanor has hand-me-down clothes, bright red hair, and she is fat. Park is one of the only Asians in the school and isn’t popular but has a few friends.Β ep
*This review is spoiler free!*
This book kept me reading all night, not from suspense or plot twists (although there were some) but from the pure raw emotion coming from the characters. This was a classic misfit love story about two kids who become friends by exchanging simple words, comic books, and mixed tapes on the bus rides to and from school.

Eleanor was a very closed off character, a type of character that is normally the guys personality and not the girls. While Park was the one who opened her up and gave her someone to talk too even though a lot of the times she still was embarrassed to share with him.

The only downside was at the end of the book it was very frustrating to read because the ending was abrupt. I felt like I was left with not enough details about what would happen. Fortunately, there has been word that Rainbow Rowell is considered writing a sequel to this story! I really want to see what kind of take she decides to go with.

I recommend this book to people who like John Green, Anna and the French Kiss of just anyone who wants a quick read that isn’t too emotionally demanding but still might make you tear up at some points.

Here is the link to the Goodreads.

Here is the link if you want to purchase the book on Amazon.

Keep On Reading…

Jordan πŸ™‚

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Eleanor and Park

  1. I found Eleanor and Park a refreshing take on a classic love story. I applicate that Park is not some hot guy that falls in love with a girl with a low self-esteem, rather he is a boy who is struggling with figuring out who he is as well. I also find it more realistic than the stereotypical love story. Though, I did not love the fact that all of the events in the story just kinda fizzled out so that everything just stopped. I wished there was more of a battle for their love, but over all I was pleased with the book and look forward to the sequel.
    -Melanie 😊

    • Thanks for your view on the book Melanie! That was great 😘 and I agree that Park is trying to find himself like most boys and girls do in high school so this book has a modern take on an old school love story.

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