Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

"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.


Meeting on the school bus where Park offers Eleanor his seat when no one else will give up theirs. They soon bond over comic books and music and start hanging out with each other.

Eleanor and Park come from two different backgrounds.
Park for the most part is okay with who he is, he does not want a lot of attention, but he does want to be accepted.

Eleanor’s fiery red hair matches her feisty personality. She comes from a poor family, never having enough or the things that she really needs. Her father is horrible, her mom just accepts things for the way they are and does not try to protect Eleanor and her siblings or try to make their lives better. No matter what she goes through, she hangs in there. She is a tough cookie.

The story is told from alternating points of view, which helped to get to know Park and Eleanor better. I love stories told this way.

What I liked:

These two could not have been more different. I liked that even though they were; they took a chance with each other, found things in common, and shared a connection. They were friends who fell in love with each other. It was a sweet, yet emotional ride.

Final thoughts:

Reading Eleanor and Park brought back memories of what it was like to fall in love at a young age; the warm fuzzy feelings and the bittersweet moments as well. It is a super cute coming of age story that I instantly fell in love with.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

** I received this book from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for nothing, but my honest review. Thank you!** 


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  1. Hi! I just bought this today actually, and I am SO excited to start reading it!

    Brittany @ bythelamplight

  2. I hope you like it Brittany!Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. I've been thinking about picking this up and your review has convinced me, it sounds like a very sweet book!

  4. I hope you like it as much as I did Nikki. Thanks :)

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