Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Original Title: Eleanor & Park

Year Published: 2013

Published by: Orion

Number of Pages: 325

First Sentence: He’d stopped trying to bring her back.

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Plot:

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried. Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

My thoughts:

After falling in love with Fangirl a good friend (aka Bella) recommended that I’d read Eleanor & Park. From her comments and the few things I read about it before actually reading it, I knew my heart was going to be broken. I was right. It is a beautiful book, but it will break your heart.

Eleanor and Park are two fantastic characters. They both have features that you can relate to. Eleanor comes from a broken home and has had no good couple to look to in order to see how amazing love can be. Her mom live with an abusive man who mistreats the whole family. Her father has left them all and no longer cares for his children unless he needs their help. Park, on the other hand, comes from a stable home. His parents love has defeated all the odds, his dad meeting his mom in Vietnam. But everything is not hunky-dory in Park’s life either. The book switches between the two’s point-of-view and it is so amazing to see them falling in love from both of their perspectives. It is so beautifully written and every single page can be quoted to show how moving and gorgeous this whole book is.

At the 80% mark, I thought that there might be a happy ending. I was wrong. Although the ending is not all bad, it’s more bittersweet than anything else. I can hear you going “SPOILERS!”, but nah, you actually need to know this. If you are expecting or want a happy ending, then this book is not what you want. But you should still read it. It is one of the best books I’ve read.

Do I recommend it? 

YES! It is such a fantastic book. It’s absolutely brilliant and everybody should read it.

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