Title : Eleanor & Park
Author : Rainbow Rowell
Characters : Eleanor Douglas and Park Sheridan
Genre : Romance
Pages : 328
Rating : 4.5/5
This book was in my last month’s TBR pile and I had managed to finish the book. So, I’ve decided to do a review on this book. This was my first romance book I have ever read in my entire life tbh. Eleanor & Park novel holds a special place in my heart because this novel had made me into romance genre books. This book was splendid. One of the best contemporary novels I’ve read so far. I would highly RECOMMEND this book even if you don’t like romance novel. Believe me I couldn’t put the book down. I might reread this novel someday. This book was beautifully written with great story line by the talented author Rainbow Rowell. I never knew a single book can make me go crazy until I read this one. It’s a very heartwarming and a heartbreaking novel. All the feels throughout this book.. ahhh.. and the ending..ahh..
I picked out some of my favorite lines from this book :
“Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like an art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
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Personal Review 🙂
This novel is all about two young teenagers (Eleanor & Park) falling in love even knowing its never gonna workout yet they still didn’t give up. Park is a half Korean(dad Irish, mom Korean) boy. He has one younger brother, Josh. Park is someone who is so obsessed with musics and his comics collections. He doesn’t have much friends. Eleanor is the new kid in school. She is a chubby red haired girl. She dresses in men’s clothing all the time. She lives with an abusive stepdad who her mom recently remarried to and he always shouts at Eleanor with all sorts of bad words such as “fuck”. Besides, Eleanor has always been bullied at school by Tina which is not well explained. Literally, her life sucks. She is always surrounded by nasty peoples who named her “Big red” because of her size, her hair color and her quirky dressing style. The worst is that her books is always scribbled with sexuality messages.
Park’s first meet with Eleanor was when she has been forced to sit next to Park who begrudgingly lets her to sit beside him in the school bus. Their love story begins in silent where they barely look at each other nor speak to each other and as Park lends his comic books that he brings everyday, music tapes and then finally a conversations with Eleanor. It’s an beautiful way to begin their romance with. Throughout this novel you will find out how Park went from “God! Just sit the fuck down, Eleanor.” to “God, she has incredible soft hands.” while Eleanor from “That stupid Asian kid”to “He’s so pretty, I love his hair! I want to eat his face.”. Eleanor and Park are so deeply, madly in love with each other till they can’t have a thought of living a life without each other. You must be wondering then why they couldn’t be together ? What/ Who is stopping them from being in a relationship ? Well that’s the climax. Who else it could be, of course her nasty rat-faced stepdad. When Eleanor figures out her stepdad found out about her and Park, she immediately ran away from her house to her uncle’s house in Minneapolis. (The end of the book) Park drives out Eleanor to her uncle’s house and it was an opportunity for them to be together for the last few hours. She will not be able to come back or to meet Park again.
So, that’s all about the book in a short review. You can read the book to find out how beautiful their love was throughout this novel. It’s was a very pure and first love of Park and Eleanor. Therefore, this book shows that love doesn’t comes in the matter of how you look but it’s about how you feel about each other. Rainbow Rowell definitely knows her readers. I would rate 4.5 out of 5 stars to the Eleanor & Park novel by Rainbow Rowell. I hope you enjoyed reading. Thanks ❤
– by Manjula Ravichandran