Review of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell



My first Rainbow Rowell book. This one has been sitting on my shelf for a long time now. While I did enjoy this one, I'm not sure what all of the hype is about. It's definitely cute, quirky, awkward and heart breaking, I just don't think it's the best book ever. 


Eleanor and Park is set in Nebraska, We follow to high school kids, Eleanor and Park. Eleanor is the new girl who comes from a broken home. Park is just trying to fit in and not make waves. When Eleanor appears on his school bus with nowhere else to sit, he makes the decision to let her sit with him. Eleanor is different from the other kids. She wears different clothing, no make up, and has big curly red hair. The other kids tease her relentlessly Park feels like a misfit because he is Asian. He has a better home life than Eleanor, but his relationship with his father is rocky. Park doesn't feel accepted by him. Over time, Eleanor and Park begin a sort of friendship through music and comics. She slowly starts to confide in him about her home life. Eventually they fall in love.




I did have a few problems with this one. Until the last fifty pages of the book, I wasn't even sure they were truly in love with each other. They seemed to just be attached to one another because they were the only friends they had. They both found someone who didn't fit in. The other problem I had was the ending. If Rainbow Rowell was trying to break my heart then I understand while she did it. But for Eleanor and Park's sake it didn't need to end that way! 


The book did make me smile and want to cry at parts. It was definitely the most awkward and quirky thing I have ever read.