Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor & Park - 
Rainbow Rowell
Released: February 26, 2013
Publisher: St Martins Press

It's 1986 and two star-crossed teens are 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.

 A cross between the iconic '80s movie Sixteen Candles and the classic coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska, Eleanor & Park is a brilliantly written young adult novel

What it's about: Eleanor is the new girl, who doesn't fit it. She wears man clothes and has bright red hair. Park is the half-Korean boy, who doesn't want to give up the other half of his bus seat. Slowly they build  a bond over comics and music, a bond that turns into something so much more.

What I thought: Eleanor and Park is a sweet, romantic, boy-meets-girl type of story. The way it's written, makes it so much more than all the other stories like this. Eleanor is the girl that gets bullied. She dresses and acts weird, has bright red hair and is slightly chubby, despite the fact that she doesn't eat much. Eleanor also has secrets. Secrets like she doesn't get to shower very often and doesn't even own a toothbrush. Living with her mother, her evil step-father and her four siblings sure makes life even harder. Park is the average-height half-Korean boy, who gets along with everyone fine. He takes tae-kwon-do lessons and would be allowed to get his licence if he could just learn to drive a stick with his dad in the car. Eleanor shakes up his world and he falls for her in the hardest way possible.

Together, they slowly explore what it means to be friends and what it means to be in love. This book is beautifully written and will capture your attention right until the very end. You will root for Eleanor and Park.

The Good: This story slowly builds up, and watching Park and Eleanor fall deeper for each other is beautiful.

The Bad: To be honest, I didn't really like the way this novel ended.


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Claire Blennerhassett

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  1. I have to agree, the one they fell in love.. the romance.. the LOVE STORY was just so amazing. As for the ending.. I quite liked it.. it is very realistic, which is why I loved this novel so much.

    great review!
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. great review. I agree with so much. the romance is beautiful and I didn't really like the ending as well but it was a realistic and honest ending I thought. so it worked for me. I love this story.

  3. I'm really looking forward to this. It's been getting a lot of great reviews and I think it sounds a little like The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman.


  4. Good review. I like the cover :)


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