“What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.”
Hello world, I just finished reading Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park and boy, do I feel incredibly sad after reading the ending. The only Rainbow Rowell book that I have read was Fangirl, which is amazing book! I decided to read Eleanor and Park for this month’s December reads. I loved it.
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.
Eleanor comes from a broken home and is seen as an outsider because of her appearance while Park comes from a respectable family. Eleanor and Park, I found both protagonists to be relatable and realistic. I liked both protagonists equally, and loved how the story was told in two perspectives. I did like how they did not like each other at first, but then slowly they start falling for each other. I want to praise this book for not having a love triangle. The relationship between the two protagonists was realistic. Park was so cute! I like how he loved comics and made mix tapes to Eleanor. Park was an incredible boyfriend to Eleanor, especially when he helped her get away. I was crying my heart out when I was getting near the end of the book, such as Eleanor not calling or replying to Park’s letters. I did not want their relationship to end at all. I was rooting for them the whole time, but I did cheer up when Park finally received a letter from Eleanor and it had just three words. Moving along, I did not like Eleanor’s stepfather, Richie; I did not like him very much at all. When reading, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for Eleanor’s living situation. Sabrina, Eleanor’s mother, was attached to her new husband even though he mistreated her and was abusive. She always wanted to please her husband, even if she thought it was the best for her kids. I was glad that Eleanor and her family was able to move away from Omaha and begin their lives again. I liked how Park’s mother changed over the course of the book. She went from being a judgmental mother who disliked Eleanor to gradually liking Eleanor and accepting that her son’s relationship. I did not like Tina at first and thought she was a horrible bully to Eleanor. I thought that she was over the top especially when I thought that she kept writing horrible messages on Eleanor’s schoolbooks, until I found out that Richie was responsible for harassing Eleanor. Tina did have her redeeming moment when she hid Eleanor in Steve’s garage from her wild stepfather.
“You can be Han Solo,” he said, kissing her throat. “And I’ll be Boba Fett. I’ll cross the sky for you.”
“The first time he’d held her hand, it felt so good that it crowded out all the bad things. It felt better than anything had ever hurt.”
“Nothing was dirty. With Park. Nothing could be shameful. Because Park was the sun, and that was the only way Eleanor could think to explain it.”
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
Concluding thoughts: I was glad that I picked up Eleanor and Park because it was amazing and fantastic. I also recently learned that DreamWorks bought the rights to Eleanor and Park, so there is a possible chance that it will become a movie. I am very excited for it to become a movie and I think it would do well like other contemporary books that have been adapted. I would recommend this book to anyone. I did enjoy that the book took place in the past rather than present times and had many musical references of the 1980s. Lastly, I feel that this book deserves a sequel. I’m crossing my fingers that there will be one and hoping Eleanor and Park reunite again.
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️