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Saturday, June 28, 2014

[REVIEW] Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: February 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository

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.

Cute and light and romantic. Beautiful and bittersweet and heart-wrenching. Eleanor & Park is one of the best contemporaries I've read. Ever.

I love that the characters are so unique, but in some ways so alike. They're both awkward and smart and funny. I've never encountered such characters like Eleanor and Park before. Eleanor reminds me of Stargirl (in terms of weirdness), only ten times better because she's fat and a red-head. (I dig red-heads.) And she's a strong heroine. Her home life is chaotic, she's being bullied; heck, she doesn't even own a toothbrush. But she takes it all in stride. She may be ashamed of it all but she held on for as long as she could. Park, on the other hand, is this cute, quiet, half-Korean boy who reads comic books and gives bus seats to weird new girls. He's so sweet and it really amazes me that he's totally in love with Eleanor. And boy, does he make me swoon. *Insert heart-shaped eyes and wistful sigh here*

Eleanor & Park seems like a light read but the story actually sneaks up on you and pokes at your heart. Rainbow Rowell did a great job in balancing the light and romantic with the serious and heavy parts of the book. The lines are very good, too. They are funny and witty, but there are poignant and gut-wrenching ones, too. I don't know what to think of the ending, though. It's like Stargirl all over again. I only wish there's a sequel because I can't get enough of Eleanor and Park. (Especially Park.)

This book is brilliant. A new favorite. Read it. NOW.

"I love your name. I don't want to cheat myself out of a single syllable."
What are the chances you'd ever meet someone like that? Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away?
The first time he'd held her hand, it felt so good that it crowded out all the bad things. It felt better than anything had ever hurt.
If you can't save your own life, is it even worth saving?

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. I liked this one a lot too. But felt like sometimes that the tough situations were brushed off. I LOVED the characters, even though they were complete opposites and awkward throughout most of the book. Glad to see that you enjoyed this one!


    1. Thanks for dropping by, Lisa! The characters are my favorite part of the book. I love their awkwardness! :D

  2. I seriously LOVE E&P! It definitely made its way up my favorites too. Eleanor and Park are quite different from most characters I've read before which is kinda refreshing. Good to know that you liked it too. It's really a must read for everyone :)

    Ailla @ Le Bibliophile~

    1. Thanks, Ailla! You're right, the characters are refreshing that I found myself wanting to read more of and never getting tired of them. They're adorable! ^__^

  3. Great review. I have just bought this and now am really excited to read it.
    New bloglovin' follower.

    Kirsty @ All in One Place

    1. Thanks for following, Kristy! I hope you enjoy E&P as much as I did. Happy reading!:)

  4. This book has been chosen as a club read over at Bibliophile in Shelfari. I am looking forward to it.

    New follower :)
    Vonnie's Reading Corner

    1. Thanks for following, Vonnie! :) I hope you enjoy Eleanor & Park, too.


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