Book: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: February 26, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Summary: Two misfits.
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.
My Review: I was so excited to read this book. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing and I was obsessed with Fangirl, but this just wasn’t near as good. It had a cute start, that’s for sure and I thought I would really love it. But Eleanor got incredibly annoying to me, and about half way through the book I got to the point that I really didn’t like her at all. I get that she has problems at home, but Park was so sweet to her and he was trying so hard to make the entire relationship work. The entire time she was pushing him away and it was driving me crazy. The poor boy was in love with her and she didn’t even try a little bit. Aalksdhjfkajsdhf.
I’m going to be completely honest, I only read this through because I hate leaving a book unfinished. I read it on my Kindle and whenever I read a book on there I have to finish it so that the 100% finished shows up on the title. It’s just something I gotta have.
I totally regret finishing this. I hated the ending. I never hated the ending of a book, but I honestly hated it. I won’t go into detail, mostly because I’m trying to be better about spoiler free reviews and because there’s no point. It only annoys me to think about it. I could have gone my entire life without finishing it and been just fine. I was, and am, mad at Eleanor and I’m in love, and sad, for Park. [ KINDA SPOILER ] I just don’t understand how she could just leave him as easily as she did. And the fact that she never even tried to acknowledge that he was alive anymore was infuriating.
To sum it up. It was alright. The writing was good, the plot was terrible. Actually, I loved the idea of the book, it could have gone so much better, but it didn’t and I’m sad. I was genuinely excited for it.
Rating: 2 pumpkin cats