Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult
Published: 2/26/13 by St. Martin's Press
5 out of 5 stars
in 1986, Eleanor and Park is the story of two awkward teens named
Eleanor and Park (go figure!) who fall "in love" while riding next to
each other on the school bus and sharing their love of comic books and
This is just the sweetest love story. So adorable and
charming! It's not all bright and sunny, and there are some serious
issues faced by these characters. But most of the time I couldn't help
but just sigh with happiness as I read about how Eleanor and Park fell
I loved the switching points of view between Eleanor and
Park. I thought it worked splendidly for this novel. I especially liked
when they switched back and forth within the same conversation or with
just a few sentences from each character at a time. It was a clever way
of telling the story that worked really well in my opinion.
also loved that this book was different than most teen romance books out
there. It still had plenty of romance (i.e. cheesy, mushy, over the top
declarations of love for each other). But the relationship between
Eleanor and Park was also awkward and insecure and real. Both Eleanor
and Park (though Eleanor more so than Park) were considered misfits who
were unattractive in some way and didn't fit in with the majority of
their peers. They weren't beautiful or perfect, but they were real. And I
loved that about them.
I've seen several reviews complaining
about the lack of resolution with the ending. I get where those people
are coming from, as the story could have ended with more closure. Often
that can drive me crazy about a book. But in the case of Eleanor and
Park, I really liked the ending. I felt that the story was resolved
enough to satisfy me, but still open enough to engage my imagination in
what the future might hold for Eleanor and Park.
I seriously loved this adorable book! I'm going to have to check out Rainbow Rowell's other books now!