Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Review of Eleanor & Park

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

... 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.

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)
My Review:
Eleanor & Park is set in the 80's in Omaha. Eleanor first meets Park when he so *kindly* invites her to sit down next to him on the school bus. At first things are awkward, they barely look at each other, or talk to each other. Each day Park brings in comic books to read on the bus, which he loans to Eleanor after he discovers that she reads them over his shoulder. Then they start exchanging mix tapes and then an actual conversation surfaces. 
Both Eleanor and Park believe they are the outsiders of the school. Eleanor is nicknamed 'Big Red' due to her bright hair and weight and although Park is technically with the 'in' crowd he still feels different; he's the only Asian in school and likes different music and enjoys reading comic books. 
Eleanor comes from a truly horrible background. She has an abusive stepfather who hates her and she had to live in a tiny room with her brothers and sisters. They have a lack of privacy, clean clothing and food. You can't help but feel sorry for Eleanor. Eleanor and Park's relationship is the only thing that keeps both of them going.  
It truly is a touching book. Not only is it about the romance it's also about how we form an opinion on people. In today's society we are so quick to judge and this book teaches you not to. It's so unique and a book that I thoroughly enjoyed! And that ending was just... I can't even describe. Just read the book!
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