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Title: Eleanor & Park
Author(s): Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 328
Published: February 26th, 2013
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.”
Honestly, I had really high expectations with this novel…Not just because everyone seems to love anything by Rowell, but also because this novel had so much hype, even today. And this is one out of the not many novels that were hyped where I was actually very, very impressed with… *bows down to Rowell*
NARRATION: 5/5 stars
Throughout this novel we have a dual perspective, one with the POV of Eleanor, and the other with Park. I have had experience with novels with alternating narrators, but I think Rowell has done it the most effectively. Having dual perspectives in general is really nice just because you learn so much more about the major characters and more tension is built up towards the climax. I personally experienced a lot of emotional changes throughout the novel because both, Eleanor and Park, had different views on events that were occurring and I thought it was so well put together. I was afraid that since there were two narrators that there would be some repetitiveness, but surprisingly there wasn’t any. And this leads me to the writing itself…
“You think that holding someone hard will bring them closer. You think that you can hold them so hard that you’ll still feel them, embossed on you, when you pull away.
Every time Eleanor pulled away from Park, she felt the gasping loss of him.”
WRITING: 4.85/5 stars
The only “issue” I had with the writing wasn’t really an issue, but more of a personal problem, lol. Sometimes when things get tense or crazy, I like to skip over some descriptions because I desperately want to get to the “meat” of the passage. Like I said, I shouldn’t really be penalizing the author for this, but that’s just how I feel. Overall Rowell’s writing style is beautiful and easy to follow. I found that she was very humorous when needed and I don’t think I ever found myself getting bored or slumped. Her use of words really brought out each individual character and that was also a huge positive in regards to the entire novel.
“You saved me life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I’m yours. The me that’s me right now is yours. Always.”
CHARACTERS: 5/5 stars
Character development was definitely evident, with both Eleanor and Park continuously changing and growing throughout — both individually and as a pair. They are both so different from each other, but as you read you notice how they actually aren’t that incompatible. I loved both characters — they have this undying-love for comics, each character had their own internal conflicts, etc. Even the minor characters were diverse and somewhat special, and I think that’s what really sold me with this novel. Eleanor is one of the most realistic characters I’ve ever read about in a novel, and I really appreciate Rowell for creating her as so. Together they were just the cutest and I will always ship them forever and ever. ❤
“I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,’ he said, ‘and then take it back.’
‘I can,’ she said. ‘Life’s a bastard.”
THE FEELS: 5/5 stars
OH MY GOODNESS, ROWELL!!! If you followed my journey while reading this novel on Goodreads, you know how I was feeling!! This was the most sad, funny, and engaging novel that I’ve read so far this year. Like I said, besides the external conflicts, each major character had their internal conflicts and that just added so much more to the rising action of the novel, and even MORE to the resolution. Obviously I couldn’t keep my feels situated because I ended up skipping the detail and going to straight to the dialogue in some cases (but don’t worry, I end up going back anyways). I usually found myself smiling or laughing or saying “Awww” mixed with “Oh my gosh..!”, especially in the middle of the novel when things began to escalate. All in all, THE FEELS WERE REAL!! ❤ ❤
“Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZE BALLS AND ROWELL IS JUST AS AMAZING!!! Everything about it was beautiful — the characters, the plot, and even the ending (even though I was sad that it ended). I know a lot of people, especially on Goodreads, that were disappointed about the ending, and I guess you could say the same for me. But it didn’t affect my overall feelings and opinions of this novel. I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a cute & funny contemporary with wonderful writing and interesting characters. I don’t own anything else by Rowell, but I am aware of her other novels. However, if you would like to recommend me some, that would be nice as well! 😀
So what’s the ultimate verdict?
I gave Rainbow Rowell’s, Eleanor & Park, a…
5 out of 5 stars (no surprise, lol)
What other fantastic Rowell novels are there? Did you enjoy Eleanor & Park? Chat with me!
Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…
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