Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

rowell eleanor & parkSeries: Stand Alone
Genre:  Contemporary Young Adult
Published:  February, 2013
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Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

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.

Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  3.5 / 5
Format:  Library Ebook Rental
Started:  May 20th, 2016
Finished:  May 20th, 2016
Drink Pairing:
  Gingerale (what?! They’re waaay underage!)

“I want everyone to meet you. You’re my favorite person of all time.”

You know the feeling of dread you experience when you start P.S. I Love You? Or Allegiant? Or any John Green novel? That’s what I had when I started Eleanor & Park. There was nothing but gushing reviews and emotional attachments to the book everywhere I looked, but it seemed to have the same following as Perks of Being a Wallflower – an almost resigned attachment and appreciation to the foreboding aura of self-punishment and emotional wreckage that is sure to ensue.

But Eleanor & Park is amazing.

Seriously amazing.

The chemistry between Eleanor and Park was perfect, Rowell’s writing was enthralling and moving, and the story was real. It’s not some fantastical story about the slim .1264% chance, or the miracle, or the impossible – it’s a story that could happen in any High School, and if we’re being honest we only wish it would happen more often. It’s about love and angst and growing up and letting go, about learning and relaxing and trusting. I read it with my heart kept wrapped up tightly, fearing the brutal heart break that was coming…

But it never came.
It was just beautifully real.

I’m not going to go into detail about the book – the synopsis is enough. Enjoy a surprise or two and give Eleanor & Park a shot. It’s a book for anyone who wants a contemporary that nourishes the soul and feeds the heart. And it’s for anyone who has forgotten what it’s like to be a teenager, or anyone who’s forgotten that your small sliver of life isn’t what the world revolves around.

If I were to file it on my bookshelves, it would be right beside Perks of Being A Wallflower. And it would fit perfectly.



    1. It’s.. kind of an emo read.. but yet it isn’t..?
      There are still the dark parts, but I found the ending really tied the book together and made it not as dark. 🙂

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