Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell
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.
* First read: April 2014, re-read May 2015, audiobook 2016*
Park didn’t want attention to himself, he sat at the farther part of the bus minding his own business, taunting his father with his music & black outfit choices and an eyeliner. Then he met chubby, messy redhead Eleanor and had let her sit beside him. Eleanor’s life was quite chaotic, living with her mom and siblings and a stepfather who never utter a single grateful word in his life. When Eleanor sat beside Park, she felt at peace. To them, this side of the bus was their own little world, where they could be themselves and never worry about the harsh reality of the outside.
Plus, there were the mix tapes, comic books, headphones.. what’s not to like?
A story of young love, sweet love.. It reminds me of what it was like to have a crush, admire that special person from a distance and almost fall in love. The two love birds in this book very well fit each other’s personality, they complement each other’s feelings and share common ground. Together they are formidable, but when they are with their families, the story changes dramatically.
I love how the author Rainbow Rowell captured the ins and outs of falling in love at a tender age. I love how she managed to tug at my heartstrings with her simple yet effective words. I love that she brought me back to the 80s timeline, reminds me of the year I was born. I love the simplicity of life of that era, no wifi, no social media, no gadgets; just pure unadulterated fun. I love how Rowell made Eleanor the stronger one and Park the passionate one. I love their cultural differences and individuality. I love everything in this book. Period.