Here is my no-spoiler review of ‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell. (5/5 stars)
Back in July, I ordered myself ‘A Blind Date with A Book‘ and I was very surprised to receive Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Eleanor and Park.’ I was intrigued by the blurb and drawn to the beautiful cover art.
Eleanor and Park tells the story of two misfits who meet on the school bus. Eleanor has bright red hair, she is overweight and wears clothes that do not compliment her in any way. Park is half Korean and doesn’t fit in with the rest of the townspeople. Slowly they begin to bond over comic books and mixtapes, learning to love whilst falling in love. Eleanor and Park quickly become unseperable despite them both knowing nothing that first love’s almost never last.
Eleanor and Park is the first book I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell and I am in love with her writing style. This book was an absolute breeze to read and I hardly wanted to put it down, I was so captivated by Eleanor and Park and their love story. Eleanor and Park is written in the first person prespective from both Eleanor and Park’s I wasn’t crazy about the idea of reading another multiple-perspective book but Rowell has done a great job at showing us the inner thoughts of both Eleanor and Park. Eleanor hasn’t had the easiest of upbringings and her home life is still rather rough which does reflect in her personality and the way she acts with Park. She struggles to let him in and I think part of her is afraid to love him.
There isn’t any massive drama or action in this novel and I think that’s what I loved about it, it was simply a realistic love story between two characters who you could truly relate to. Despite the lack of drama, this book was in no way boring and it had me reeling for more. Eleanor and Park is set in the 1980s which made a nice change as most modern love stories I’ve read are set in our century, I loved all of the 80’s references that were included in this novel as I am a fan of the ’80s despite being a 90’s child.
I’m going to be honest, but I found it incredibly difficult to review this book as I can’t fault it in any way. It wasn’t cliche like many love stories and the characters are so unique, unlike most characters Park and Eleanor are not perfect and they are flawed. This book was a real breath of fresh air and I was completely blown away by it. I was looking forward to reading Eleanor and Park but it turned out to be much better than I expected it to be.
Without giving too much away, I have to say that the ending of this book has definitely taken my top spot of book endings! If you are looking for a short romance that leaves you reeling for more, Eleanor and Park is the book for you.
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