Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- stand-alone novel
- Read: April 26 – May 4
- Rating: 3 stars
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
This book was fairlh disappointing and I didn’t really enjoy it. First of all, I couldn’t relate to the characters that much which was maybe why I didn’t like them very much either? If there was one I liked, though, it was Park. I thought I’d like Eleanor, and I tired really hard but her personality and attitudes just weren’t for me. There was little character development and most of it was Park’s…
The writing style didn’t work for me either. I have nothing against the actual writing, but the constant switch between Park and Eleanor’s point of view (sometimes when they were together) was confusing, to be honest, and outright irritating.
The plot is…. their daily lives and relationships with the people around them for a year, basically. If there was a more tangible plot, if it was anything else really, I feel like I might’ve enjoyed this book more. Although I am used to more action-packed stories and fantasy books, I couldn’t help but feel this plot was weak and dull.
To sum it up, this book was underwhelming in many aspects and I don’t recommend it.