Eleanor & Park
Published: February 26th 2013
One extraordinary love.”
This is the first book from Rainbow Rowell that I’ve read, and hopefully it won’t be the last. I read the first sentence of this book and I was immediately hooked!
“Eleanor ruining everything, Eleanor gone.”
I couldn’t stop feeling terrible for Eleanor. What she had to go through with her shitty step father, all the things she didn’t / couldn’t have that were actual necessities…
I’ve felt like I’ve had it bad at times, but what she was going through was too much for me to handle sometimes! I felt like crying a lot…
Eleanor was an actual human. She had her problems, her attitude, and she avoided conflict 99% of the time. Most of us are like that… and yeah, we have a troubled and annoying – at times – character, but we have to go behind that and see what really is going in her life for her to act that way.
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
*swoons* Park was just a charming guy, without being TOO cheesy.
I hate how many contemporary books usually paint nerdy nice guy – most of the time- as someone who uses big-ass words and sounds pretentious *cough* Augustus Waters *cough* . Well, Park is nothing like that, and I love it!
He’s a guy who is conflicted at first about his feelings, but slowly opens up and lets himself fall in love deeply.
I love how simple, lovely, and real Eleanor & Park’s relationship feels… it can really remind you and even help you revive and reminisce that first love you had.
Ok now… Can we get to THAT ENDING?!?!?!? I was like “What the f*ck, this is how it ends??! Bullsh*t!” and then, I read the last couple of pages again and it hit me. It freaking hit me and made me feel like a mess. I wanted to write this review as soon as I finished reading the book, but I needed a couple of days to let my emotions truly sink in and decide what my feelings about this book were.
This book was not what I expected, AT ALL! And I am so happy about that, because it was ten times better. I picked up this book wanting a cliché love store, because I truly don’t pick these up a lot and I wanted to be reminded a little about what love feels like as a teenager.
This is the first book I’ve read from Rainbow Rowell and all I gotta say is…
ROWELL, YOU ARE AMAZING!