Friday, 15 August 2014

Eleanor & Park - A Book Review

Ever since I was a child I've loved losing myself in the world of books, with my wild imagination helping me feel all the feelings the characters have. As I openly complained about on my twitter many a time during my English Lit A Level I didn't have time to read the books I wanted to read for pleasure as my time was spend analysing page after page of books for my coursework/exams. So as soon as my summer started I picked up some books I'd been craving to read, one of them being Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I know this post is slightly different to usual but today I'll be giving a review of this book. 

The blurb reads 'Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and her 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 for the first time, when you're young, and you fe as if you have nothing and everything to lose.' 

Eleanor starts a new school and sits next to Park on the bus. As time progresses their relationship develops with some very interesting twists and turns along the way. This was definitely one of those books you just didn't want to put down, and being written from both Eleanor and Park's perspectives you get an insight into both characters feelings. The only slight qualm with this book for me is I felt the ending felt a bit rushed, everything seemed to happen very quickly and dramatically and the ending was not what I expected, but alas I thoroughly enjoyed the book. 

The characters were not your typical teenage romance with a pretty girl and hot boy falling for each other, and bringing in different ethnicities was really nice and original. This is not suitable for younger readers as there are some graphic words used at some parts of the novel, and the themes may be distressing for some. Eleanors background is not happy clappy but full of uncertainty and worry, which I definitely prefer as it is much more of a realistic background to a character rather than all happy families and perfect lives. This was a great read and I've also picked up Fangirl to read next as I also enjoy Rainbow Rowell's writing style, so if you enjoyed this review please let me know and I'll do one for Fangirl when I finish it. 

Have you read any books recently? Let me know which ones and how you liked them in a comment below! 



  1. Attachments was the first Rainbow Rowell books I read and is one of my all time favourites. This comes in close second. The end is KILLER because I wish I knew EXACTLY what happens next, but maybe that's the beauty of it - we can make an assumption and go with it. Fangirl is wonderful too. I think she just released a new one (Land Line or something), which I'm pretty keen to give a go.

  2. This book sounds so interesting! Might give it a try :) X

  3. I really want to read this book now, since I heard quite a few people talking about it :) You have a great blog design!

  4. Ever since I saw this I've wanted to read it!I'm pretty sure one of the characters listens to XTC-yep,I need to read it!

    Jessie xo


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