July 11, 2015

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor park 

Written By    : Rainbow Rowell
Published In : 2012
Genre            : Young-adult Fiction

Synopsis

from Goodreads

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 Thoughts

The very first Rainbow Rowell novel I read! It was amazing. It made me happy. It made me cry. I did not want the story to end and When the story came to an end, I am dying to know what are those three words in Eleanor's postcard. 

Eleanor and Park is a heart melting love story. Eleanor is smart and strong; but too naive. She dresses up the way she prefers and maintains her unique style. She is a wee bit worried about her appearance though. She hates anyone making fun of her, but always calm and bottle up her emotions inside her heart. She goes through a difficult time living with Step-Dad at home. Still she is cool and spirited. I had feeling that I have known her all along; There were some striking similarities between me and her. So standing in her shoes and thinking in exactly same way as she did was easier to me. 

'Park' is the best thing ever happened to Eleanor. Simply amazing character!. He understands her and is too careful not to hurt her feelings. Park becomes the hero in Eleanor's life when he kicks up the students who bullied her. Park's also had an amazing and understanding family, who knew him well and was always there beside him in need. They encourage him to do the right and to be strong. Park mustering up the courage to drive Eleanor to a safe place was definitely heart touching. The book has many realistic and heart warming moments that I liked; It was a delightful read, from beginning to the end. 

What I really loved about the novel is Eleanor and Park accept each other as they are, which is the key to a successful relationship. They did not wish the other to change. Instead, they learn to be happy about the way they are. I did also like whenever Park stood up for Eleanor. 

Excellent novel! Everything about the book was extremely interesting especially Eleanor and Park. Rowell's beautifully and carefully written novel lets you experience the love all over again. It reminds how sweet and sugary is 'falling in love for the very first time'. Through this Romance novel , Rowell has also brought issues like child abuse and bullying into readers attention. Well done Rainbow Rowell! 

An enchanting read! 

I am planning to read Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl next. Have you read any of her books? Are they amazing/ interesting?

Happy Reading!!!




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