Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Posted April 22, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 325
Published on February 26th, 2013
by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Fangirl, Carry On

"Bono met his wife in high school," Park says.
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen."
"What about Romeo and Juliet?"
"Shallow, confused, then dead."
"I love you," Park says.
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be."

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.

5 Stars

Okay I know a lot of people have doubts about High School Romance books, but this was something else. It’s set in the 80’s AND the main guy is a hot Korean. That’s cool, right? Okay, just the hot Korean guy then. This book… This book was EPIC.

Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.

I really really really really loved this book. The writing was so good. Funny, clever, romantic, exciting,… I really felt what the characters felt and I loved with them, cried with them, laughed with them… I loved the fact what holding hands for the first time did to Eleanor and Park. They were so cute together and by the time I was halfway through the book, I was just waiting for them to kiss and when they did, I just melted and was trembling the whole time for the rest of the book. And then I cried and cried and cried… And then I was confused. Seriously. I have no clue how this book ends, the last chapter was just soooo confusing.

“I don’t like you, Park. Sometimes I think I live for you.”

I love how the relationship between Eleanor & Park grows. You can practically see them falling in love and you just can’t not love them. You just have to love them. Just have to. I loved Park. For some reason when I first imagined how he would look, Zuko from Avatar The Last Airbender, came to my mind. Without scar that is. Don’t know why. He just did. And Eleanor is so cool and different and not the stereotype perfect-looking skinny girl. I like a girl with a little meat on her bones. YEAH! Go Eleanor! You rock! Plus, red hair… Duh, that’s just awesome. I love this. But still, confused about the end.

“You’re everything, Eleanor.”

So that’s what I think of this. I want to thank TT for recommending this awesome book. Just another book for my best-books-ever shelf. For those who haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend you do.

autograph bieke


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5 responses to “Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

  1. I need to read this book. I keep saying that I normally don’t go for contemporary/high-school romance books, but I think that’s changing… I need to get my act together and read this one!

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