Book Review – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

eleanor & parkTwo 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…

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…

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.

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg 4/5 Stars

This was a strange bit of book love for me. There was nothing specifically drawing me in, and it’s not something I super love, but it’s still a really well told story especially about those people who don’t fit in.

It’s hard to read this and not compare it to the amazing contemporary books I have read recently. This doesn’t have the same punch (and I have to say I wonder if it would be edited differently if it were published now).

But it’s still worth reading. Eleanor’s story in particular really drew me in. The tale of her family, her fear and the abuse she goes through is so well done – especially her response to that and how it colours everything she does. I find Park and his family fascinating, but didn’t get some of the dynamic there, especially with the brother and his dad. Also, shout out to Park’s Mum for teaching Eleanor about curly hair maintenance! That’s such a great thing for me to see in a book :):)

Overall, a quieter story than my favourite contemporaries from the last year but well worth a read.

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