Description from Goodreads: ‘Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.’
I’ve not read many contemporary books so I didn’t really know what to expect from Eleanor & Park.
Eleanor & Park is told from the alternating points of view of Eleanor and Park and it’s clearly marked out which character is speaking so it never gets confusing.
A lot of the comments I read about this book said that it reminds you of what it feels like to fall in love and it’s true. You remember the awkwardness, the secrecy and the rush you feel around that someone, so it’s a real joy to read.
I loved both Eleanor and Park, they were realistic characters and their relationship made me feel all giddy.
The book wasn’t all sunshine, rainbows and puppies though (there was actually none of that by the way), there were some very dark parts.
Eleanor has a pretty terrible homelife and Rowell does a brilliant job of putting you right in the middle of it, making you feel just as uncomfortable around Eleanor’s stepfather as she does.
I can’t praise Rowell enough for how well she wrote this book and how fantastic a job she does of pulling you in and making you feel everything the characters feel. I loved it so much I stopped up until half one to finish this book off.
The ending was hard. It hurt, I thought I was going to cry but then I remember cyborgs don’t cry. The ending wasn’t completely unjustified and it made sense to me but it hurt so much! It’s three weeks later and I’m still not over it, thanks for that Rainbow Rowell!
Also, I really want to know what those three words were. Rowell has hinted in interviews that it’s positive because Park smiles but I need confirmation. I need to know!
After reading this I will definitely pick up some more of Rowell’s work and I remember reading that she started out after taking part in NaNoWriMo, which is brilliant.
In short: A beautifully written book that makes you feel so much and a storyline that will stick with you for weeks to come. READ IT!