Book Reviews

Book Review- Eleanor and Park

Eleanor is the new girl in town, but with her troubled family and her very unique clothes she sticks out like a sore thumb.

Park is the quiet boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a comic- he thinks he has made himself unseen. But not to Elanor…… never to Eleanor.

Gradually through midnight conversations, comic books and an everlasting pile of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way everyone does, when their young. You have nothing and everything to lose.

Eleanor and Park was published by Orion Books in 2012 and was written by the one and only Rainbow Rowell.

To me personally this book was fantastic but it does take a bit of time to get into the actual story and immerse yourself with the characters and their thoughts and feelings. But I have heard that other people got into this book quickly and to that I applaud you, but if you’re like me It may take a fraction longer to fully get into the story line. This book has a lot of things going on and it left me with a lot of feelings about the ending (if you have read it you know what I mean). Eleanor ad Park had great tension to the point where I was frustrated but in the bet way possible. This book is unlike any of the other books that I have read and it is the first book by Rainbow Rowell that I have read. (I know I’m sad about it). So, I can’t really compare this book to any of her other works.

Eleanor and Park is classified as young adult’s contemporary and it does have some mature language in it.

Regarding the characterisation of the book it describe the two main characters (Eleanor and Park) amazingly and to think about it I can remember certain aspects of the character very clearly just because of the way it was described in the book. Eleanor is described to have big red frizzy hair that is always in her face. But the unique thing about Eleanor is that her clothes are mismatched because she comes from a troubled family who cannot afford good clothes, but with that being kept in mind, her clothes allow the reader and the other characters in the novel to get a glimpse into her hidden life, and some aspects of her personality. Another thing about her is that she isn’t of the usual body type, which I always love reading about because it’s not just the stereotypical scenario where the skinny popular, head cheerleader gets the bad boy or the boy of her dreams. I love a little bit of change now and then, which honestly made the whole ok a lot better.

The other main character is Park and he is described as a Korean teenager with milk chocolate skin colour, and jet-black hair. In comparison, his dad and younger brother are both lighter skinned where as he and his mum resemble more of the Korean side in his family. What makes me love the character Park even more is that he is again not the stereotypical lead male and that their high school he is the only one who has an Asian background (excluding his brother of course).

Overall this book is a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it to anyone over the age of 14 (maybe?) because of the mature language.  But it is an entertaining read and if you stick with it to the end I’m certain that you will have your own opinions that will just want to burst out of your mouth.

Rating- 4/5

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