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15 May 2015

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - Book Review


I am finally able to write a review on the last book that I read - it’s going to be a short one as I'm writing in between one of my essay writing breaks.

The book is a young adult novel, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had expected. I was really positive about it because I heard so much positive feedback on it, so I decided to give it a go. The problem is, I don't think I am a YA type of person. I feel like YA books tend to be written poorly and aren't deep at all, which to me is perhaps the most interesting elements of a book.

This is a love story between two unusual teenagers. Eleanor is the new girl in town with a messed up family life; she has a very negative attitude and struggles to fit in. Park is the Asian kid of the neighbourhood with a perfect family and no big life problems. As they start sitting next to one another on the bus to school, they get to know each other more and more and start a relationship.

I could not appreciate the style much. It's very simple, the point of view alternates between the two which I didn't enjoy particularly.

I have to say that the love story between the two is very sweet. John Green said that it "Reminded [him of] what it's like to be young and in love with a girl" which is true. There is a strong sense of teenager-high school love story which brings you back to the past and memories. However, that also involves the awkwardness linked to a first teenager relationship and, to be fair, I'd rather read about a passionate love story between adults. I'm getting older.

My edition: Rainbow Rowell, 2012. Eleanor & Park. London: Orion Books. Pages: 330. Bought at: WH Smith (Bristol). The font is quite small but readable. Easy paperback to carry around.

Goodreads: 2/5.

14 comments:

  1. This book has been on my TBR-list forever!
    Think I'ma pick it up soon :D

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  2. Cool! Can't wait to read your review :)

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  3. Ah, I always find it difficult when the point of views differs between two people as well! Good luck with your essays :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

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  4. I know right? Thanks for your comment! :)

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  5. I feel like one of the last people that haven't read this yet. Most of the Eleanor & Park reviews I read have been written by readers that thoroughly loved this book. Even though you weren't too much of a fan, I really enjoyed reading your review!

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  6. Aww thank you! If you're into YA genre then you might want to try it, but otherwise I would take up something different... :)

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  7. I do enjoy ya genre quite a bit, but I'm not too much of a contemporary fan. I like a lot of fantasy and paranormal. :)

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  8. Cool! What's your favourite book? xx

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  9. Oh no... That's a really hard question! My favorite ya fantasy series has to be HP or The Mortal Instruments. And like I said, I don't read much of this genre, but a few of my favorite ya contemporary stand-alones are The Truth About Forever, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Just Listen. As for my favorite nonfiction piece it would be The Glass Castle, which I coincidently read this year. What about you? :)

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  10. Oh I have no idea! I like historical fiction and real fiction (is that what it's called? Haha) some of my favourite authors are Tracy Chevalier and Khaled Hosseini but I don't think I have a favourite book :)

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  11. Nice! I actually really enjoy reading historical fiction as well! And the genre may be called realistic fiction, but I'm not sure. :P I have The Kite Runner and another Hosseini book on my TBR shelf as we speak. I need to get to it... ^,^

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  12. I'm not a huge fan of the last book, but the first two are breathtaking and very deep. Speak soon! :) xx

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  13. This book has been on my "to read" list for awhile. I was even ready to buy it once but put it back because I just couldn't decide. After reading your review I'm glad I didn't buy it. I really like strong characters and even though I usually like YA books, I don't like ones that talk down to the reader, or simplify things to the extent of becoming dull. Thanks for the info.

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  14. I'm glad! I spent too much money on it and I regret it quite a bit :/ speak soon xx

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