Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Swoonuary Post

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This February I am participating in Swoonuary. If you did not read my first post about Swoonuary, Swoonuary is an event hosted by The Bookish Groupies (Jennie, Mallory, Ang, Blessie, & Tika), in which I pledged to read personally selected swoon worthy books throughout the month of February!

The first book I have decided to read for Swoonuary is…

Eleanor & Park!


Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Excerpt 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.

Park met Eleanor on the bus. He let her sit by him because no one else would let her sit with them. God she’s weird. She attracts all sorts of the wrong kind of attention to herself and is messing with Park’s “lay low so the bullies will leave him alone” plan. He’s embarrassed that she’s sitting besides him and now he’s stuck with her on the bus for the rest of the year.

After some time, things begin to change. Park notices that Eleanor is always reading his comics with him on the bus. He decides to let her borrow a comic book and before he realizes it, he’s bringing her more comics everyday and even burning her songs on his tapes so she can listen to some of his music at home. They slowly develop a relationship with each other and end up becoming friends, but only on the bus of course. For now at least.

As their relationship further develops, Park begins to care less about what people think of him when he’s with Eleanor and Eleanor can’t wait for school every day because that means bus rides. And bus rides mean Park.

Eleanor has a terrible home life. Her father left her mother and her siblings to be with another woman. Now Eleanor’s mom is married to an abusive man that beats her mother and controls everyone else in the house. Park, on the other hand, has a decent home life. His father has trouble understanding Park, but he loves him, as does his mother.

Now I would love to say more about the story, but I’m afraid if I do that I will give away some major spoilers!

The story is told between two different point of views. Eleanor’s and Park’s. I loved how the author handled the transition between the two. You would know what is going on in their mind at the same time and their thoughts don’t just pick up where the other’s left off.

This is one of those books that rips your heart out of your chest, throws it on the ground and breaks it into a million tiny pieces, and yet you still love every single bit of it. After you finish it, you wander around aimlessly in life trying to make sense of it all. This book is amazing. No, it’s is so much better than that. There isn’t even a more to describe how incredible this book is. If you haven’t read this book yet, GO. NOW. READ IT.

“I want everyone to meet you. You’re my favorite person of all time.”
Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

5 out of 5 stars


14 thoughts on “Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Swoonuary Post

  1. Ive never heard of this book but it sounds great. I used to love reading but it has been put aside since I had my kids. I can never find a time to actually sit down in quiet and read! I need to get back to it!


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