Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Romance/ Young Adult

Published on: February 26th, 2013.

Print length: 329 pages

Rating: 4.2/5

About the Author: 

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & ParkFangirl and Carry On). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

About the 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.


Before I start the review, I would like to share something. Sometime around a year ago, in my final year at the university, I was going through the worst readers block of all time. It had been almost a year and I had not read a single book. That is when I started a kind of a readers club with a friend. The first book we ever read in the club was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. That book brought me back and reminded me why I fell in love with books in the first place. I will always be indebted to Rainbow Rowell for making me fall in love with reading once again and my friend (you know who you are) for introducing me to her.

Because of that experience, I always have high expectations from her books. I had this book lying around and never got around to reading it. I picked it up and then couldn’t put it down. Normally when you read books about teenage romances, the authors make them way too wise for their ages. Rainbow Rowell remembers exactly what it felt like being a teenager and captures it beautifully.

I really liked the book and found myself smiling on more occasions than I can count. But, and there is always a but, it didn’t have that wow factor. Not taking anything away from the book, it was an excellent read and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. However, I feel that the book needed more surprises. A pace was set in the beginning and the whole book continued on that pace more or less.

Going into a little more detail about the book. The characters were developed beautifully and they kind of reminded me of my own teenage years. When you are young and naive and how you feel like it is now or never (Good times). The dialogue was short and sweet and had humor in all the right places. There were times when I wanted the characters to do something different before I was reminded that they were only sixteen.

I had mixed feelings about the ending. The last line had me riled up like it must have done to every other person who read the book. You’re not supposed to end a book like that. You need to give the readers some closure. But, I guess it’s better this way. It lets you imagine your own ending. All in all, it was a good book.

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