Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Posted June 16, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Press on February 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 325
Length: 8 hours and 56 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Own
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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.


I adored this book.  After all of the hype, I was expecting something that was going to absolutely break me.  It definitely hit the emotions, but nothing major.
I love these characters, especially Eleanor.  Despite her family life, she tries her damnedest to be normal.  She’s extremely self-conscious, and doesn’t think she’s worthy of love.  I don’t blame her at all.  She has a tough life.  I like Park too.  He’s trying to figure out where he fits in.  He isn’t popular, but fears any kind of friendship with Eleanor will push him further down the popularity chain.
Sometimes things aren’t like they seem.  Park and Eleanor don’t completely understand each other’s family life.  I love how they both grow despite everything working against them.  There were a few characters that I wished I could physically hurt.  Downright despicable, and had me fuming.
I really enjoyed this book, and can’t wait to read more by Rainbow Rowell.
Katrina Sig
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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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