Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)

>>>>>  Nº 15 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A popular author’s first book <<<<<


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 knew that this book was going to be full of “fells” but wow… I didn’t quite expect this. I’m officially of the opinion that Rainbow Rowell is extraordinary and quite possibly a mind reader and a time-traveler… otherwise, I cannot explain how well she can describe the feelings of two 16 y.o., or how she can create these adorably flawed characters with whom I identify a lot.

I’m not going to talk about the story, because it’s a “simple” love story about two teenager who don’t quite fit in. But it’s much deeper than that, and you should definitely read it… like, NOW!

Rainbow’s books always have a specific characteristic that sets them apart from every other book. With Fangirl it’s the bits of chapters and fanfiction between Cather’s story, on Attachments it’s the e-mails between Jennifer and Beth in the middle of Lincoln’s live, here is the fact that we have both the point of views of Eleanor and Park! There’s this bits and pieces that are just so adorable to read from each other’s POV!

Now it will be a little SPOILERY!

That ending! OMG, I knew something happened, because since the first page we know that they’re no longer together, but wow, man, wow! A whole year going by without Eleanor contacting Park is heart wrenching!

And the postcard?! Oh my, I smiled like a silly girl. I know that most people want the postcard to say “I Love You”, but I don’t. I think that Eleanor’s first ILY should be said personally. I hope the card said “Nothing ever ends”, it would mean that she never actually forgot, it would mean that she read the comics and thought about him, it would mean hope. Maybe it said something along the lines of “I’m coming” or something like that, or maybe (and this is my favorite) it just said “Eleanor & Park”!!! Either way, there’s hope, and I cried and I loved it so damn much!

Soon I’ll have to re-read all of her books, because my favorite order is all scrambled up! Although I’ll give a higher ranking to Eleanor & Park than I did to Fangirl, it doesn’t mean that I loved it more, because I identified much more with Fangirl

Rating: 5 Stars


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