Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Raimbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2013
Pages: 328
Rating: *****

If you were living under a rock, you probably still heard about Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell but if you haven't, here is a synopsis. Eleanor is the new girl who walks onto a school bus full of hostile teenagers. Park has been going to school with these people his whole life, trying not to face any of their wrath. Taking pity on Eleanor, he let's her sit beside him. Through their bus rides together, they become a couple who face such terrible odds. Eleanor has a horrible home life and Park has to battle his adolescent issues with his parents. These two find love within each other when it is needed most.

I began reading this book on Saturday and was finished it on Sunday. I devoured the book because it was filled with such cute flirting as well as real and raw emotions. At times I cried reading this book because of Eleanor's unfortunate situation and other times I laughed at Eleanor and Park's witty banter. This book brings the reader back to high school. While reading about Eleanor getting onto the bus and having no one to sit with I was instantly transported back to sitting in class and not having a partner to work with.

I thought that Rainbow Rowell wrote about first time love as if she was experiencing it while writing it. When someone you love touches you it feels like the most intense moment ever. I felt like Rowell wrote a love story that people can relate to on a number of levels.

I felt like Rowell was able to bring the reader into that situation so the reader felt the hurt and pain that Eleanor was feeling. I have never gone through what Eleanor went through with her home life but I cried in several parts where Eleanor was trying to hide her home life from Park or her step-dad did something mean to her.

I give this book 5/5 stars because it was filled with young love was written so I couldn't put the book down. I can't wait to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Attachments.

Have you read Eleanor & Park, what did you think? Have you read any of Rowell's other books? Which one is your favourite?

Happy reading,



  1. I love love love this book! I read it in one sitting a few months ago, and I fell in love with everything about this book. I loved Eleanor, I adored Park, and I hurt over all the problems thrown their way! And you're totally right about how Rowell wrote about first love as if she was experiencing it!

    I've also read Fangirl, which wasn't as sad of a read. It was much lighter, and focused on the main character's transition into college, along with her hobby of writing fanfiction. I really enjoyed Fangirl as well, and I can't wait to read Attachments, either! :)

  2. I just finished reading Fangirl and omgosh it was so good. Very light hearted but I still cried haha. I really enjoy Rowell's writing.