Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

September 18, 2017


I loved the voice and style of this book.  There should be a warning label: Eleanor & Park makes you feel things deep down. Not every feeling is good, not every feeling is bad. In the end, you may even find yourself huddled in a corner unsure how to feel at all. 


I enjoyed the art of this story. Eleanor and Park's story just happens. It's falling in love in that perfect way that surprises you. It's like Rainbow made a time machine to remind us how fleeting and precious crushes are. And how truly special falling in love can be. She shows us all at once how quickly and yet slowly it happens.


Eleanor is a big girl, with wild, curly red hair. She has a unique style and makes the most of her situation. She's also sarcastic, self-conscious and stubborn. Intelligent, brave and good. I am in awe of her bravery and hope. 

Park was a breath of fresh air. He is a type of cool that comes to mind when you think of the word hipster but somehow isn't. He's intelligent, well rounded, open minded and fun.  He reads X-Men, Batman, and The Watchmen as if they were the greatest literature of all. 


Honestly, this was an incredibly heart-wrenching story that feels so real. It slices off a moment in time and pop culture that is so essential and precious and you can just feel the pulse of musical revelation. 


The ending drove me crazy. I'm unsure if it's in a good way or not. I just know it made me yell. It made me smile, shake my head, and mutter bad language. Which means the writer did a phenomenal job at creating a special magical place.  

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