Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


This is a story about the two misfits. Eleanor was the unfashionable rotund girl who lived in an unfortunate house setting while Park was the only Asian kid in the town. On the first part of the story, I found it very dragging because they were too shy to talk to each other, or not. However, as the pages go by, I was fascinated on how they have put up each other's mishaps in school and family. They were too odd with each other at first yet this has brought them to something that a reader like me, could never predict. I would say that actions speak louder than words and eyes don't see what's on the surface but it digs through the heart. Eleanor was too insecure and depressed on how she looks like plus how the people (most especially her step dad treated her) but still, Park pursued her. There's the beauty of love comes in.

Rainbow Rowell wrote the extraordinary story which pulls teenagers with lonely hearts and insecurities together in a big hope.  To be honest, I ugly-cried for how many times because it was so beautiful not to engulf the emotions of the two characters. It made me hope of having that not-sappy kind of relationship in the future. The author has perfectly captured what is like to be a teenager again like the feeling of the first meeting of your love of your life, the unexpected circumstances, heartaches, laughter and humor. All in all, it gives me that little giggles and chuckles on the thought of love and relationship of the two. The last part of this story was quite a cliffhanger leaving me with questions like what happened to Park? What happened to Eleanor int he future? How about her family? Is this going to have a part two? But then, I believe that great stories leave you with a post-imaginative ending to fulfill your own fantasy.

Favorite quotes:

"Holding Eleanor's hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive." ~ Park

"I don't like you, Park," she said, sounding for a second like she actually mean it. "I..." - her voice nearly disappeared -'sometimes I think I live for you." ~ Eleanor

"There was something about the music on that tape. It felt different. Like, it set her lungs and her stomach on edge. There was something exciting about is, and something nervous. It made Eleanor feel like everything, like the world, wasn't what she'd thought it was. And that was a good thing. That was the greatest thing."

"Ever since the first day they'd met, Eleanor was always seeing him in unexpected places. It was like their lives were overlapping lines, like they had their own gravity. Usually, that serendipity felt like the nicest thing the universe had ever done for her."

Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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