Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell


Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
Published February 26, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
Source: Library

Where to start with this book… It was magical and heart breaking and beautiful and I just want to squeeze Park everyday forever. In the beginning Park doesn’t want anything to do with the new transfer Eleanor; he simply helps her out because he feels bad for her. Eleanor also happens to be an easy target for bullying for many reasons. She is overweight, has unruly red hair and dresses like a boy. She is who I wish I had the courage to be. Through all the bullying she stays true to herself to the very last page. Park helps Eleanor out on her first day by allowing her to sit next to him on the bus. They soon fall into a routine that involves no attempt at conversation. Then enter the X-Men and Watchmen and Batman and tons of other awesome comic book characters of the 80s. They begin discussing these comics and music and other 80s pop culture, which is just woven into the story perfectly. I thought this would turn out to be a semi-typical love story but it was so much more. Eleanor helps bring Park out of his shell and pushed him to be true to himself and Park is Eleanor’s savior on more than one occasion. The last few lines of this novel brought me to tears and made me feel so many emotions!

Park’s parents made such an impact on me. He can tell his mom is trying her hardest not to be judgmental and does learn to come around because she cares about her son’s happiness so much. And Park’s dad! At the beginning he is a bit of a hardass on Park but you find out he does have a soft spot.

Rainbow Rowell is a fabulous writer. Her writing is poetic and easy yet deep and compelling. This is her second novel and I will definitely be picking up her first novel (Attachments). She has a book coming out later in the year called Fangirl which I am very excited for!

Overall 5/5 stars.

9 thoughts on “Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

  1. Brittany says:

    So glad you loved this one!! It was truly beautiful. I absolutely loved the way Rainbow Rowell was able to capture such heart break and first love and combine into one emotional mess of beauty.
    I read Attachments a while ago — A lot of people really liked it and I did too, but it’s not nearly as deep & poetic as E&P! Happy reading 🙂

  2. Cece says:

    I have heard so many great things about this book and your review has sealed the deal for me. It is now officially on my to read list!

  3. Candice says:

    I loved this one!!!! Even though I’ve only read one of her books, she’s definitely become one of my favorite writers. I need to read Attachments ASAP! And I didn’t know about a new one coming out… yay!

  4. Nancy @ Tumbling Books says:

    You made this sound soooo good! I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I just love how you described their relationship. Seriously, this is the first review that convinced me to read this. I was a little iffy about reading Eleanor & Park. THANK YOU!

    • The Polished Page-Turner says:

      I was a bit iffy because I kept hearing good things and I thought I was going to hype it up too much for myself. But there is just something so real about their relationship that I cannot get over! I cannot wait to hear what you think 🙂

  5. Stormy says:

    I read this a few days ago and loved it as well! It’s just so . . . soft? Slow?(In a good way?) Understated? There’s something very realistic and appealing about it. I haven’t written my review yet but I know this is a 5 star book for me for sure. I’m really looking forward to Fangirl now!

  6. Emily says:

    I’ve been hearing so many good things about this one! I bought it about a week ago and I need to pick it up soon. I’m also excited to get Fangirl later this year:)

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