Eleanor and Park
Publication/Publisher: 2013 St. Martin’s Press
Stand Alone/Series: Stand Alone
Pages: Hardcover 325
Source: Borrowed from teacher
“Bono met his wife in high school,” Park says.
“So did Jerry Lee Lewis,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be,” she says, “we’re sixteen.”
“What about Romeo and Juliet?”
“Shallow, confused, then dead.”
”I love you,” Park says.
“Wherefore art thou,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be.”
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
Red haired Eleanor comes to a new school, she meets this boy named Park as they set off on a love journey. Eleanor doesn’t have as nice of a body shape as her mother, but Park seems to like her. At first it’s an exchange of comics and tapes, leading onto a romantic love story. Her mother marries Richie, a drinker and smoker who has no manners and practically hates the children. Eleanor has a sister Maisie, 3 brothers; Ben, Mouse (Jeremiah), and Little Richie. Eleanor must avoid Richie at all costs to prevent getting kicked out, while on the other hand Park has an almost perfect life. His parents love each other like a young couple, and Park has a younger brother named Josh. His father makes him take tae kwon do and his mother is a beautician. These 2 young high schoolers, from 2 different worlds end up together in a strong relationship.
Okay so this book is REALLY good! Like REALLY! It’s like 11:00 pm over here and I’m typing this book review. I just finished the book and I’m really excited to share it with you guys!! I loved so many things about this book, I loved how Rowell made Eleanor imperfect. It shows how 2 strangers can come so close, I also think that Rowell has a super cool first name. Rainbow!! Good for her parents! They picked an awesome name lolz! Alright back to the review I also really loved the plot, personally I think that this cover is one of the most boring ones I’ve ever seen. But don’t judge a book by its cover, it’s like a whole new world throughout the pages. I also really liked how Rowell didn’t use a modern setting; sure there were cars and stores, but Eleanor and Park played cassettes and tapes. It gave me the image of a modern yet old scene. I also liked how Rowell described Eleanor as wearing men clothes, I imagine her being a little more chubby wearing oversized men’s clothes. But when I see her with Park the picture instantaneously fits together. I also love how Rowell described the alley and the neighborhood, I can clearly imagine Eleanor running down the block to Park’s house and how each character acts. I also really liked how he switched between Eleanor’s perspective and Park’s perspective. That way you could read the book from 2 different view points.
This paragraph for this book is extremely hard, the book wasn’t perfect but it was wonderful! Sometimes Rowell overuses curse words to emphasize what a character is saying, but overall this novel was wonderful. I also didn’t like the ending, it was good but it left me hanging. I wished that she finished it off,
instead of letting Cat go with Park to Prom and leaving Eleanor in Minnesota. I felt sympathy for her she had to leave everything and stay with her uncle and aunt.
This book was amazing I really liked it!!
I rate it a 8.75/10, just because there were some areas I didn’t like and that were yuck!
But definitely a cinnamon spice!! Lots of details, and many scenes that formed in my head.
This book has some mature content and a little foul language, but overall it was clear.
I hope you guys read this book tell me what you think about it and what you would rate it!!