Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

SAM_0395.jpgI bought this book on an impulse while walking round Waterstones. It is the story of two different teenagers from two very different backgrounds. Park is the Asian boy at the back of the bus who is trying to spend his entire high school life invisible. Eleanor is the girl with mismatched clothes and unruly hair who notices him.

Eleanor has a difficult family situation and a difficult time at school. Her and Park bond over his comics, which Eleanor reads when she sits next to him one morning. After that moment Park is lending her comics and mix tapes, and their romance blossoms. Told from both perspectives, we get to see and feel as both Eleanor and Park fall in love with each other, and we get to see how their feelings, although the same, are very different. That is what I love about this book, we get an insight into how love differs for boys and girls.SAM_0397.jpg

I think what John Green has to say about Eleanor and Park is spot on “Reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love witha book.” and honestly this is so accurate. I don’t think I have ever fell so quickly and completely in love with a book. Although it is such a classic romance story, it is also so modern and thoughtful. If you never had a romance like this Eleanor and Park will make you long for it.SAM_0396.jpgKeep reading xox.


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