Title: Eleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult – Romance
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
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.
To be honest, I DNF – ed this book. By itself, Eleanor and Park is a cute, Romeo and Juliet style romance. But books don’t exist in a vacuum.
I did like the well-rounded feel of both characters, though. The author gave them many different levels, making them experience a range of emotions in a realistic way. I also thought the darker element of this novel were mostly handled well. Eleanor’s home life is revealed gradually in a frightening way.
I don’t know what to say anymore, I just don’t like this book.