So glad I read this book! It had such a cute ending! Really didn’t like it at first buuuuut… Well read more to find out!
Title: Eleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Goodreads Synopsis: 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 Thoughts: This was another book that we said we would never read, Kayla specifically. I figured if she won’t read it I probably won’t like it either… Boy was I wrong! It started out rough, super rough. I really didn’t want to continue past the first bus ride. I mean do kids really behave that way? I started high school 2001, I’m not that old, but this stuff was crazy! Maybe I just hung out with the wrong people or was confident enough with myself but the book started so juvenile that I had little hope of it picking up, still I was urged by Dog Eared Books enthusiasm and decided to give it a few more chapters.
Eleanor is… A pain in the butt. Plain and simple, she has no social skills which is strange because she had friends at her last school so why this one so different? Still you have to give her credit for being true to herself at an age where most people aren’t. And her home life sucks, so kudos for keeping it together Eleanor.
Park. Park is partially Korean. Now that we have his defining characteristic out of the way, Park was pretty cool though I wish he wasn’t so scared to be himself. I understand his hang ups, as well as a girl can understand a sixteen year old guy, at least he changes and matures through the book. Ooh, and I love his mom! She sounds so fun and is a good balance for his machoman dad. Park’s whole family is actually pretty great and I can relate to his younger brother complaining about “unfair” rules in the house. Aah to be the baby of the family… 😄
And for those who didn’t like the ending… Suck it up! It was great! Eleanor tried to so hard to move but ultimately couldn’t. The postcard at the end was very sweet. What could those “three long words” possible be? Seriously, I like stories about soul mates, some of us believe in love! Don’t trample on our hearts!!
Also the stepdad was horribly creepy, Eleanor’s real dad sucks, her mom well… Battered women tend not to make the most rational choices at the best of times, but I am glad that at least, I hope, things worked out for her mom and siblings. It sounds like the Aunt and Uncle stepped up and got help for Eleanor’s family, yay happy ending all around!
Finally who doesn’t love a story about not judging a book by its cover? Everyone judged Eleanor, Eleanor judged Park, Park’s mom judged Eleanor, Eleanor judged Tina, everyone judged Steve, the list is endless. Except for stepdad, the people we thought were horrible really weren’t. Yeah they could be jerks, but when they were needed they stepped up and helped.
The bad! What is with the language in books now a days? Yes kids talk like that but do we need to bloody well write with so many obscenities? The book said Jesus more than the bible people. Overkill much? And the creepy writing on Eleanor’s notebook was just off the wall horrendous. It wouldn’t have been so bad if it was just the writing on her books but…Just not a big fan of “bad” language in written works.
If you like coming of age stories, first love, or jump kicks give Eleanor and Park a try! It may take a few chapters but it is worth it in the end.
So what did you guys think? Has anyone read Eleanor and Park? Should Neko get a perm? Or slink back into her goth days? Tell me in the comments!