HELLO ALL YOU AMAZING PEOPLE OUT THERE!! How is your day going? Hopefully, good. But if it isn’t, then do something which will make you think,’Even though my day was horrible, at the least I did ______ which made me happy, even if it was for a few minutes.’ Because you can’t let a horrible day take over your happiness, can you? So cheer up and SMILE!! 😀 😀
Or swoon……. 😛
Today, I am going to be reviewing a book which is absolutely LOVED by the majority of those who have read it and I have just heard SO many good things about this book, and trust me when I say my expectations were met. Without any further ado, let me tell you the name of the book (even though you already know it)- Eleanor & Park, written by the amazing Rainbow Rowell!! And Oh. My. Goodness. This. Book. I. Can’t. Even. AAAAHHHH!! Ok, I need to stop grinning like an absolute fool with hearts floating on top of my head and get on with this review. AAAAHHHH!!! I need a moment. So meanwhile you can stare at this picture of an adorable puppy, while I stop myself from fangirling.
Great. Now I can’t stop staring at this puppy. WHY AM I SO DISTRACTED TODAY!!??
So anyways, Eleanor & Park is about our main characters, Eleanor and Park (that is not obvious at all 😛 ) who are two sixteen year olds and they fall in love for the first time. Sounds simple right? Not really…
Eleanor Douglas is the awkward, new girl in town who tries so hard to not stand out in the crowd but it is almost impossible for her to do so with her mismatched clothes and wild red hair. She has been abandoned by both, her mother and father, though in different ways. Eleanor is the type of girl who has a hard exterior, blocking everyone away, and hiding the truth about her and her family. But on the inside, she needs someone to understand her and be on her side, unlike others who have left her. Eleanor is different from the other kids in her school and she knows she doesn’t fit in, but she doesn’t let that fact pull her down and give up, the way her mother did. Instead she accepts and embraces the fact. Maybe that’s why Park likes her.
Park Sheridan is the half Korean, half Irish boy in the back of the bus, who listens to music not just to drown himself in it, but also to drown the voices of the obnoxious, popular kids in the back of the bus. He always wears black and shirts with logos of his favourite bands. He is the odd one out in his family, with both his father and brother being tall and strong. Sometimes, he just wants to get away from the world and block out all the noises and pressures of the world. He didn’t mind being the odd one out in his family, even though it was frustrating at times. He wanted to listen to music, obsess over bands and read comic books, not caring what others thought of him, and doing what he felt was right. Maybe that’s why Eleanor likes him.
A story about two young people falling in love for the first time, even with all the struggles and problems around them, Eleanor & Park is a book about friendship, family, romance (duh) and most of all (for me), hope. Sometimes, when you feel everything in your world is falling apart, or when you feel that life can offer you so much more, if you get the chance to light the candle of your happiness, you need to take risks and let the flame burn, for sometimes, the flame can burn more brightly than you could ever imagine.
Characters– Out of all the characters in the book, the one person who I liked and adored more than the others was Park. He just seemed the most normal out of all others in the whole book. I just loved the way he shrugged off the world with his music and comics, and Rainbow Rowell truly let every bit of Park’s personality shine out in the book. And another fact which made me enjoy his character was that his life was actually relatable and understandable, and you could connect with his character. I mean, there are a long list of words I would use to describe Park- Amazing, awesome, daring, glorious, understanding, cute, kind- hearted… Trust me, the list goes on and on. Throughout the whole story, we get to all the different sides of him, sometimes even sides we didn’t expect and his personality couldn’t have been more perfect.
Then we get to Eleanor. Even Eleanor’s story was relatable and understandable, and just because I like Park, doesn’t mean I hate Eleanor. BUT there were some distinct points in the book where I just went,’GIRL, YOU HAVE SOME MAJOR TRUST ISSUES SO GET OUT OF THE BOOK AND DARE YOU COME BACK UNTIL YOU’VE GOT THEM ALL SORTED OUT!!’ And as rude as I felt I was being by thinking that, it was true. I just got so annoyed with Eleanor in some parts, and I wanted to go inside the book (that would be cool) and shake her shoulders and make her get back to her senses and tell her to stop acting like a fool. Great. Now it sounds like I hate her. I don’t hate her, guys. It’s just what I felt about her character and personality at certain parts in the book. I felt that Rainbow Rowell made Eleanor’s character sound helpless in some situations, when she clearly wasn’t. But then, other than those certain parts, I admired Eleanor’s personality. Her personality was just so strong and fierce and she wasn’t scared of doing the right thing, no matter the consequences. She cared for her mother and her siblings and all she wanted to do was protect them. She was so strong throughout the book, even during the breaking points, even when she doubted herself. So for the main characters, I’m going to say this: I ADORED Park’s personality and I ADMIRED Eleanor’s personality.
Throughout the whole story, parents played a very important part in the book. Park’s parents and Eleanor’s parents are VERY different from each other. VERY. And the difference too played an important part. The parents were the reason behind the development and personalities of the main characters. And out of them all, for me, Park’s mom, Mindy shot through the most. I was completely intrigued by her character and her personality and her opinions. I really wanted to what she was thinking in some parts of the book, and she definitely played (at least for me) an important part in the book.
Overall, I felt Rainbow Rowell did a fantastic job with the characters and their personalities, and I can’t imagine imagine the characters any different than what she made them to be. 🙂
Storyline– I LOVED the storyline. Some may think,’Oh, what’s so special when it’s just the same old, girl with broken family falls in love a guy and blah blah blah.’ But I felt that the story was more than that. Every scene and every incident meant something, and they played at least some part or other in the romance between Eleanor and Park. Every conversation, every talk about comic books had importance. This book also faced realistic facts about what teenagers are going through today (even if the book took place in 1986) such as bullying and even insecurities. I also felt that this book gave me hope, because even when things were falling apart, I was constantly wishing for them and believing in them. So, I felt that the storyline was just amazing and I would never ever want to change it or want something different. This book was just one of those rollercoasters where you don’t know when the next drop would come and when it does come, you can’t help but go through a surge of emotions, each very different than the other. 🙂
Narration– This book is narrated in third person past tense and the third person describes the story through Park’s and Eleanor’s eyes in the different segments. I love third person narration, mostly because you get to know what the other characters are feeling too, and I thoroughly enjoyed the narration in Eleanor and Park. Even if you are a person who doesn’t like third person narration, you should definitely give the book a try because I feel you can look beyond that and enjoy the story. 🙂
Rating– AAAHHH!!! This is so hard!! *pulls hair and makes a weird frustrated expression* Ok, so I enjoyed the book and even if it didn’t exceed my expectations, it certainly did meet my expectations, so I am going to rate this book *drumroll please*…….. 4.4 out of 5!! 🙂
Would I Recommend?- YES!! DEFINITELY!! I think that if you know someone who has an enmity to contemporary books, or someone who just needs a good contemporary book to help get into reading, then I would definitely suggest this book!! 😀 Or if you are someone who just needs to read a good book which will go through really fast and will just take you on an adventure then…. yup!! You should definitely read the book!! 😀 But even if none of the situations fit you, please give the book a try, because who knows, it might end up being a favourite because the book is just so good!! 🙂
A Question To Those Who Have Read The Book (so if you have not read the book or you are still still reading it, then PLEASE skip this………………………)- If you are still reading this and you have not read the book, don’t say I didn’t warn you. GUYS!! Am I the only one who had a heart attack after the ending???? I mean, I was just staring at the book for five minutes non stop just like,’No no no no no no no!! The book can’t end now!! So my question was (and you might have expected it)- What do you think the three words are? My first instinct was I love you, and that would have been amazing, but surely Rainbow Rowell wouldn’t have made it so predictable? Then I thought it could be nothing ever ends if Eleanor read the final issue of Watchman (is that the comic’s name?). But we will never know for sure. So I want to ask you what you thought the words are. Was it the same as what I thought or was it something different? Let me know. 🙂 (And that was way more than one question.)
Book/s Written By The Author I Want To Read–
I want to read Attachments soo badly because I absolutely love the plot and some people say it’s even better than Eleanor and Park. If that’s the case then I’M INTERESTED!! 😀 😀 And also, WHO ELSE CAN’T WAIT FOR CARRY ON TO RELEASE?? SOOOO EXCITED!!! 😀 😀
Hope you all enjoyed this review!! 😀 This is TGIS and I will be back soon with another post for all you beautiful people!! 😀
So, bye till then and HAPPY READING!! 😀 ❤ 😀 ❤ 😀 ❤