Eleanor & Park Book Review
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Published on February 26, 2013
This is my first book that I have read by Rainbow Rowell and I think she is a great author and will definitely pick up her other books. She really pulls at your heart strings in this book. A story about first love and how you never really forget it but it is also so much more than that.
This book is set in the year 1986, Eleanor is the new girl at school and immediately does not fit in. Her appearance makes her a target of bullies, she is chubby, with curly bright red hair and I would say her style is eclectic and this does not bode well for her. Park is a bit of an outcast himself, he just tries to keep to himself listening to his music and reading comic book.
When Eleanor walks on the bus to go to school everyone is quick to deny her a seat to sit down and when she looks like she might have a meltdown Park rudely tells her to sit down next to him. There they just sit and don’t acknowledge each other. Gradually, they develop a romance first over comic books and then music.
Eleanor home life is not a happy one, her step-father is controlling and abusive. She has four younger siblings and the family lives in a state of poverty. Park family life is much better but isn’t perfect, there are some tensions between him and his father.
The writing was fantastic I felt like I was in the 80’s and I liked how Rainbow told the story from both of their perspective, it was very well done, they both had a distinct voice.
The feels for this book you guys, just so many feels. Eleanor and Park’s relationship was cute, sweet and I couldn’t get enough of their love. Park is just the sweetest, most kind and understanding boyfriend. It seriously made my heart swell. It was really hard for Eleanor to accept Park’s love because I imagine it wasn’t something that she was used to. Her dad left her mom and doesn’t really want anything to do with her or her siblings and her step-father is a real douche bag who is abusive towards her mother. She also was self-conscience about her body and doesn’t know how Park could love her. Park has quite a bit of barriers to go through to get her to realize that he does in fact love her for who she is.
There is this plot twist that I was not expecting at all and it left me creeped out and don’t know how I missed that. Which leads us to the ending and I have to say I am not a huge fan of how this book ended. For how realistic this book is the ending to me wasn’t very believable. That’s all I will say on the matter because I don’t want to give anything away.
That being said overall, the book was really good and if you like contemporary then I’m sure you will love this. If you aren’t that big of a fan of contemporary I urge you to give this one a try, it really is an enjoyable read.