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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park Published by St. Martin's Press on February 26th 2013
Pages: 328

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


Let us start off by saying ‘Eleanor and Park’, made me cry. And by cry, I mean the ugly type of crying. I ugly cried SO badly. I remember sitting on the couch, curled up reading, and I didn’t know it was happening but I just started crying. This book hit me in so many ways emotionally – From being in love to growing up in a struggling family, to the struggles Eleanor deals with when it comes to her step-father. I finished this in a day, it had me absorbed and wanting to know what was going to happen next. I love that about a book – If you can keep my attention right from the beginning to the point where I read you in a day, I know you’re going to be amazing right until the very end.

Eleanor and Park

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

‘Eleanor and Park’ is a love story between two teens who happen to be the outsider/odd balls of their school. Park has a normal home life, and caring parents, where as Eleanor comes from a broken home. Parks family is a well-off family, where as Eleanors family can hardly afford a tooth brush for her, let alone proper fitting clothes. One day, Eleanor sits down beside park on the bus and notices him reading comics. Park catches her reading his comics over his shoulder on the bus, and one day passes her some to take home to read. From here on out, a friendship grows between them, into a powerful, strong, emotion filled loved story. They share a love of comics and music – This is what helps build the foundation for their story and friendship. Throughout the story, so much happens. So much from both view points, that the story absorbs you into the emotions written on the pages.

I don’t want to give too much more about this because I don’t want spoilers. The ending to this book had me crying – I can’t fully put into words how this book made me feel. It made me sad, happy… So much more. It’s a book I highly recommend reading. I give it five stars, and since reading this, I have read ALL of Rainbow Rowells published books. She has become one of my favorite authors and is someone whose books I will always read – No matter what. This book isn’t like the normal teenage romance books, it’s so much more. It makes you thankful for what you have in life, and it’s not often a book can make you feel that way. It makes you realize that you never know when someone can come into your life and change it for the better.

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Sarah LeBlanc

★ Borderline battler ★ Bookish lover ★ Hunger Games fanatic ★ Jodi Meadows Fangirl ★ Raising Awareness of Mental Health and BPD ★

  • Laura

    I read this a while back and absolutely loved it (and did my own share of ugly crying)! You can really sympathise with both characters, particularly Eleanor, and I love that it wasn’t your typical romance. In fact, that’s what I love about all Rainbow Rowell’s books. The characters are always really likeable, and the romance aspect is always unconventional. I’m especially thinking of Attachments – I have definitely never read another book where the main character has no idea what his love interest looks like for most of the novel!

    November 9, 2014 at 4:27 pm Reply
  • Courtney

    Loved this review, I definitely need to get this book! I have only read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I wasn’t totally in love with it but this book sounds amazing! x

    November 11, 2014 at 9:52 am Reply
  • Ashley

    This is a really great review of a really great book. It’s been awhile since I’ve read it and this review just makes we want to read it all over again.

    November 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Jasmine Ong

    I always wanted to read this book , but it’s so expensive here . So I decided to grab the others rather than this ! Thanks for the review! I think I should save money for it

    November 20, 2014 at 11:34 pm Reply

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