St. Martin’s Press
February 26, 2013
Now. I’m sure I’m probably the last person on earth who hasn’t read this book, but just in case you haven’t, you really, really, need to. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell has legitimately been raved about for the longest time, and I can happily say that I fell in love with this story like most others. This particular story about first love is so incredibly innocent, different, and tender. Oh, so, tender.
To be honest, I can’t find anything wrong with this book. I love everything about it: from the eloquent writing style, to the incredibly endearing characters, this story felt perfect and I wanted more after I flipped the last page. But let’s go into more detail, shall we?
First, Rowell’s writing style. It’s extremely simple, but very artful in the way that it’s not overly voluble, either. It fit like a glove for me, and I was extremely comfortable the entire time. (There’s a lot of parentheses like this, but that just made me love it even more.) It’s different and lovable at the same time. I’m officially a fan of Rowell’s writing!
Here comes the hard part: Eleanor and Park. Now, this is not a spoiler because obviously, E&P fall in love. But before hand, I just want to discuss E&P as separate characters. Eleanor definitely starts off as this very quirky girl who nobody likes. I wasn’t too sure of her myself, but as the story continued, the reader learns more about her family and her history and there’s just this connection that is made. This growing understanding of Eleanor made me more empathetic and I grew to love her. As for Park, I instantly loved the kid. Half-Asian boy? CHECK. Just kidding, but on a more serious note, Park shows the most character progression in the story. His thoughts on Eleanor in the beginning are so drastically different from the end that it’s really just touching. There’s no other way to describe it. The romance itself… I can’t even. It’s one of the most innocent but true romances you will ever read. Folks, this is how a romance should be written.
So as you can tell, I highly enjoyed this book. Starting Eleanor & Park was extremely nerve-wracking for me because what if it didn’t live up? But silly me, because 10% in and I knew this book was made for me. With a beautiful writing style and delicate and amiable characters, this contemporary romance is one that is way up there in my favorites pile for sure. Pick this one up if you haven’t already!