Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

eleanorandparkTitle: Eleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA contemporary fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffith
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
Number of pages: 325
First line: He’d stopped trying to bring her back.

When everyone is raving about a book, it is easy to think that it’s just hype, that it’s just the “in” thing to love said book, and that it probably isn’t as all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips as everyone says it is. Well, in this case, just tell that internal doubter to shut the heck up. Because Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park is everything they say it is. I don’t even feel like I can write a review, because this book was so beautiful. I’m just going to tell you a few reasons you should read it.

~ Because Park and Eleanor are anything but your typical couple. This is a love story between two normally weird and unique teenagers, not two athletically-gifted, physically beautiful Ken and Barbie A-listers.

~ For the scene where they hold hands for the first time. Because it will remind you of what that was like, the first time you held hands with someone who made hand-holding a mind-blowing event.

~ For the writing.

~ Because it will break your heart, mend it, break it again, and mend it again.

~ Because I said so.

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18 Responses to Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I adored this book too.

  2. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads

    I always get very excited when I see someone else fall in love with this book just like I did!

  3. JoAnn @Lakeside Musing
    Twitter: lakesidemusing

    Everyone loves this book… I need to read it!!

  4. I am glad you liked this one so much, Carrie. One minute I think I should read it and the next I think it’s not for me. I imagine I will read it at some point. Too many people whose taste (like yours) I respect have loved it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Wendy – It may be out of your normal reading zone, but I do think you would enjoy it. šŸ™‚

  5. Tobi says:

    I couldn’t agree more! This book is so much more than a love story, but Rainbow Rowell writes teenage love in a way that is so heartfelt and relate able.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Tobi – yes, she does! It’s like she remembers vividly what it was like, and then is able to evoke those memories in her readers.

  6. Heather
    Twitter: BookAddictHeath

    I have SO MUCH love for this book and all of hers. So, so beautiful. It makes me so happy to hear you loved it!! šŸ™‚

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Heather – I still have Attachments left to read. And she has a new one coming out this summer – yay!

  7. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422

    Not one minute ago, I was posting in another blog’s comments that I really need to read this book. It is fate.

  8. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    Love. šŸ™‚

  9. Kailana says:

    I just have to read Attachments and then I have to wait for her new book. šŸ™