Saturday, 4 May 2013

Mini Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Released:  February 2013
"Bono met his wife in high school," Park says. 
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers. "I’m not kidding," he says. 
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen." "What about Romeo and Juliet?" 
"Shallow, confused, then dead." '
'I love you," Park says. 
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers. 
"I’m not kidding," he says. 
"You should be."
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.Goodreads    

Eleanor & Park is cute and sweet love story between two misfits set in the 80s. However it's not all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows (despite the name of the author) for these two teens. The novel has quite dark overtones, and big dose of realism which of course I loved. From the the first couple of pages in I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, and my own personal reading of this book was clouded by a sense of dread and fear for the characters. Despite this, or maybe because of it, I enjoyed reading about Eleanor and Park as they were quite interesting characters. Eleanor's self-esteem issues and troubled home life made her a more relatable character, and Park's own identity issues, being half asian and slightly effeminate were refreshing to read about. I just wish Rowell had touched more on some of these issues and themes, especially Park's relationship with his father. I agree with a lot of other readers who felt that the ending falls flat, but nonetheless Eleanor & Park is a story that has enough grit, substance and sweet moments to make it a satisfying and thought-provoking read. 

Recommended for people who like: Freaks & Geeks, The Smiths, Pretty in Pink, comic books. 

What did you think about Eleanor & Park? 


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