Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange: Book Review

Because after everything life has thrown at us – or, more accurately, after everything Mama has thrown at our lives – I’m not so breakable. Mama is the glass that shatters too easily.. I am stone that doesn’t crack easily enough.

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: “The Breakfast Club” gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.

When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.

With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride.

Commentary: I received this book via NetGalley for my honest review. There will be some minor spoilers.

The synopsis is honestly what made me interested in picking up this book. A modern version of The Breakfast Club sounded like a brilliant idea at first. I am not comparing this book to the movie at all. The only similarity it has with the movie is the group of misfits, and that’s about it. I thought this book was going to have multiple points of view just from reading the synopsis. That was not the case. Instead, this book has one pov. and it’s Sam, otherwise known as the “pariah” from the group.

Sam has a sad backstory. Her mother is a recovering drug addict, and Sam feels that she is responsible for her mother when she slips back into her cycle of addiction. Throughout her live, Sam choses to be invisible to make her life easier. She has no friends at all. I felt bad for Sam, but there were some moments where I didn’t feel sympathy for her. Sam thinks that by living as an outcast, it will make her life easier for her. She easily gets offended when people ignore her or don’t even remember her.

Honestly, I didn’t think the book needed romance. I felt no chemistry between York and Sam. Sam thought he was a hot guy who she encountered several times. I would have liked to seen York’s perspective and the reason why he fell for Sam. He tried flirting with her, but she didn’t seem to realize that he liked her. In the situation they were in, which was stressful already, didn’t need the romance.

I really wished that this story included more backstory on the other characters since it felt that this was Sam’s story rather than the others. It was a really quick read. The story overall was crazy. Most of the story, the group ran away from the “crooked cops”. There were not many action scenes as I would have hoped. It did get really exciting by the time I was 90% done with the book. I really felt that this book would have done better as a movie. For most of the story, it was told in the past. It did end on a sweet note, but I did not like this book as much. I really thought it was okay, and not as memorable as I hoped.

Final Review: ⭐️⭐️ (2.5)

Release Date: February 16th 2016 ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆

Winter by Marissa Meyer: Book Review

“She’s our lost princess. And she’s coming home.”

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Commentary: I have been looking forward to reading Winter ever since I finished Cress last year. Winter has been on my tbr list for a very long time. When I got the book, I immediately wanted it read it, but I had other books I had to read first. It has been the longest book that I have read for this year!!! ⤴︎ ε=ε=(ง ˃̶͈̀ᗨ˂̶͈́)۶ ⤴︎

I really found the last book to be really amazing. The series got better with each book. I liked Cinder, Scarlet was better, Cress was amazing, and Winter was epic. I really can’t believe that the adventure is finally over. (⁎⁍̴̀﹃ ⁍̴́⁎)♡

As I mentioned, this book is massive and there are so many things that were happening in this book. Honestly, I felt that this book should have been a bit longer just because I felt some of the characters did not have enough screen time. For example, I felt that Winter did not have enough time as the other characters. She is one of the most complex heroines. She refuses to use her lunar gift, but she is mentally ill because of it. I really liked how Marissa Meyer handled her character. Winter was really precious. I loved her friendship with Scarlet, since at first Scarlet didn’t trust her, but eventually their friendship grows.

“Winter tilted her head in Scarlet’s direction. A spiral of black hair fell across her cheek, obstructing her scars. “What did you bring me today?” Scarlet asked. “Delusional mutterings with a side of crazy? Or is this one of your good days?”

What I loved was how all the characters are based on fairy tales. I liked how Meyer gave the Snow White story a twist. Though I wish Winter and Jacin had more of a backstory. Secondly, this book had many comedic moments! ╰(✧∇✧╰)

Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.”
“Do you even know what you’re saying half the time?” asked Cinder.

Oh how I am going to miss Thorne so much.

“Thorne’s voice pitched high in imitation of the queen. “The impostor of my beloved niece is vanquished … Let us put this messiness behind us while we go forward with the coronations … I am a psychotic, power-hungry nut basket and my breath smells really bad under this veil.”

It was a good balance with the drama that was happening. I did like the bromance between Kai and Thorne.

Other than that, Levana is still evil and just as crazy. There were moments where I was feeling pity towards her, but Levana is not redeemable at all. I won’t spoil anything because you have to read this book. It’s dramatic and action packed, and it made me teary eye by the end of the book. I will really miss these characters. I will miss their adventures. I will truly miss The Lunar Chronicles. At least Stars Above is coming out next year! Can’t wait for the epilogue! ໒( ♥ ◡ ♥ )७

My favorite pairings:

  1. Cinder and Kai – Loved this couple from the beginning of the series. Of course, they would be my top pairing. Kai and Cinder sacrifice so much for each other, and I was glad that they have a happily ever after.
  2. Cress and Thorne – I would have loved it even more if they had more moments together. They have the funniest moments, and they are one of the cutest pairings.
  3. Scarlet and Wolf – I love this couple, they have many great moments in the last book. They have been through so much in this book.
  4. Winter and Jacin – They have loved each other since they were young and they are childhood friends. I would have wished for more moments between Jacin and Winter. I felt they were a bit under developed compared to the other pairings, but they did have their cute moments.

Quotes:

“A kiss from the Captain would probably melt my central processor.”
Thorne winked at her. “Oh trust me. It would.”

“Help me. Fight for me. And I will be the first ruler in the history of Luna who will also fight for you.”

“I can’t believe this is happening. I can’t fight like this, or start a revolution, or be a queen. I can’t do anything like this. I’m broken. I’m literally broken.” Iko settled a hand on Cinder’s shoulder. “Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆

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Outback Promise by Maggie Bolitho: Book Review

I was contacted by the author to give an honest review for her book. 

Goodreads Synopsis: Sometimes before you can find yourself, you must lose yourself in the desert.

Can Ros and Grady move on from the past, or will their pain drive them apart? Six years ago, the Balfours lost their son Cadel to a hit-and-run driver.

A few months ago, Ros discovered Grady’s affair. With their marriage fast disintegrating, they decide to take a three-month camping trip into the heart of Australia to try and mend deep wounds and rekindle the fire that once fused them close.

This trip will decide the fate of their relationship: do they have enough strength and enough love left to accept what life has put them both through?

But trust and forgiveness don’t come easily, and Ros and Grady have to navigate not only the wilderness of the Outback and the challenges of other travellers, but also the chasm of grief and bitterness they have sunk into over the last six years. Their only hope for survival lies in facing the secrets they have both tried to keep buried.

Commentary: Imagine a married couple that seems perfect on the outside, everyone tells them that they are perfect together. Now that couple is Grady and Ros. They seem perfect on the outside, but deep down they have a lot of problems that need to be resolved. Six years ago, their son was killed. Ros and Grady never got over his death and both have dealt with their loss differently.

I couldn’t relate to the characters. I am not married or have experienced the wonders of having a child either. I felt sad for Ros and Grady for losing their one and only child. It was sad, and it was even more sadder that Ros couldn’t have more children. Ros had a miscarriage before she had Cadel. And guess what, Ros had an abusive relationship with her mother. I felt sad for her because she had to experience many painful moments in her life.

For the most part, I kept sympathizing with Ros. Ros is the main protagonist of Outback Promise. She wasn’t injured by the accident that killed her son. Grady wasn’t killed, but he had several injuries that needed to get healed. Ros had to become strong for Grady because he was resentful towards himself for not protecting their son.

Her husband wanted nothing to do with her and shut her out when their son died. Ros tried to find ways to reach out to her husband, but he wasn’t having it. I really liked Ros, her character stayed consistent throughout the book. I really liked her because she reminded me a bit of my mom. Ros went through a lot on her own. Her husband was lying about finances and he cheated on her.

Grady is the genius who decides for himself and Ros to go a 3 month camping trip. I disliked Grady a lot. I didn’t warm up to him till the very end of the book. I felt that his reasoning for cheating was not good at all. Basically, he cheated because he saw something in Penelope that Ros didn’t have anymore. That’s his reasoning…I am not too keen on cheaters because it reminds me of my parents and their divorce. He did sort of blame Ros for cheating on him as well. I did roll my eyes. Grady did some nice gestures for Ros, but I did find him to be a bit selfish at times. I know that marriage takes a lot of work on both parts, but I felt that Ros was the most responsible from the two. Their main problem was lack of communication.

The trip was the most exciting part of the book. Grady and Ros met a lot of eccentric characters throughout the trip. What I really liked was that Ros was becoming less bitter as they spent more time together. I was happy for her since she had practically no one to talk to about her feelings. I really did felt that they were going to get a divorce, but that didn’t happen. By the end of the book, they resolve their problems and face a happier and brighter future together. I would have liked the book a bit more if it had alternating points of view. Also, I really liked the secondary characters and Ros a lot.  Lastly, I like how the author includes a glossary at the end of the book since I had to constantly look up Australian words I did not understand.

Final Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

Monthly TBR: December 2015

For the most part, I am really proud that I read almost all the books on my November TBR. The only book I didn’t get to finish before November ended was Winter by Marissa Meyer.

These are the books that I read for November:

  • The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5)

For this month’s TBR I will add Winter and some other books that are waiting to be read! Once again, all the books I have listed are not in any particular order except for Winter.

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Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

rebel bully geek pariah

Synopsis: “The Breakfast Club” gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.

When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.

With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride.

outback promise

The author has reached out to me to give an honest review of her book.

Synopsis: Sometimes before you can find yourself, you must lose yourself in the desert.

Can Ros and Grady move on from the past, or will their pain drive them apart? Six years ago, the Balfours lost their son Cadel to a hit-and-run driver.

A few months ago, Ros discovered Grady’s affair. With their marriage fast disintegrating, they decide to take a three-month camping trip into the heart of Australia to try and mend deep wounds and rekindle the fire that once fused them close.

This trip will decide the fate of their relationship: do they have enough strength and enough love left to accept what life has put them both through?

But trust and forgiveness don’t come easily, and Ros and Grady have to navigate not only the wilderness of the Outback and the challenges of other travellers, but also the chasm of grief and bitterness they have sunk into over the last six years. Their only hope for survival lies in facing the secrets they have both tried to keep buried.

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Synopsis: Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

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Synopsis: The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

The Elite by Kiera Cass: Book Review

Goodreads Synposis:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

Commentary: I thought that The Elite was going to be better than the first one…I was wrong. I found myself very frustrated reading this book because of America. I previously mentioned that I felt she was an okay protagonist in the first book, but in this one, words cannot even describe how annoying she was. She kept going back and forth between both Prince Maxon and Aspen…she couldn’t make up her mind. I really felt that this series should have not been expanded into a trilogy nor should have the book been set in a dystopian society. America was spoiled and very conflicted about her feelings for Maxon. She could hardly trust him and had jealously issues, but she would immediately change her opinion about him when he paid her attention. I swear, she acted like the whole competition was about her…I didn’t even think I could finish this book, but somehow I did. Also, she kept getting jealous at Maxon when she was cheating on him with Aspen. How is that justifiable?

I would have preferred this book if Maxon picked one of the other girls besides America. What’s so great America anyways? Then let’s talk about the rebels, I felt that the rebels were built up in this book and it was so disappointing. I really wanted America to be captured by the rebels when they were running after her. They just let her live and that was it. What was that? It would have made for a much cooler series if she was captured and became leader of the rebels, but that’s just me. Then there’s hardly any description for the war happening in New Asia, I don’t think it was relevant to the plot. Aspen is too perfect, and he is a bit boring. He was annoying and had to stop trying to win her back. I didn’t like the love triangle in this book at all. Whenever he and America were together, I wanted someone to spy on them or catch them in the act. That would have been more interesting to read. Before starting this book, I felt that in the second book Maxon was going to find out about them…he didn’t. How does he not know that Aspen is a palace guard? Oh Maxon, its really hard to hate him. He does so much for America, but she doesn’t see his efforts to win her over. There were some good parts such as like Marlee Tames and Carter Woodwork canned by the royals. I really enjoyed that part because the author finally gave a clear answer to why she was so secretive in the first book. I also did like the Halloween party and the reunion with families as well. I don’t think I will reread this book at all, but it wasn’t as bad as the Meyer Dyer series. I think I need time away from this series before reading the last book. I felt it was very cliché…

Final Rating: 👑👑👑(2.5)

The Selection by Kiera Cass: Book Review

Hello readers, I’ve just finished reading The Selection by Kiera Cass. My really good friend Imee recommended me this book! There are going to be spoilers!

 Goodreads synopsis:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete in for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Commentary: Prince Maxon was my favorite character in the novel. He was lovable, sweet, and very kind to all around him. He was definitely a Prince Charming, he treats all of the selected like a true gentleman. I really had my doubts about Maxon at the beginning of the novel since I thought he was shallow for wanting a Selection, but once I read about his motive to why he wanted one, I thought it was rather sweet. I had a feeling that he had fallen for the protagonist from early on, so I wasn’t surprised that he chose her for the elite. He’s been so kind and romantic to America, though she kept insisting that they stay just friends.

I felt America was an okay protagonist; she wasn’t the greatest nor the worst. I did find Prince Maxon to be the second guy in the novel because America was in a relationship with Aspen from the start of the novel. I did not find the love triangle annoying…yet. I felt that her feelings were indeed very much conflicted for both men. She was in love with Aspen for two years; of course it’s not going to be an easy process to get over him once she was in the contest. I liked the pacing of the book. I am glad that she did not fall in love with the Maxon immediately. Though, I did feel that she jumped to conclusions very quickly. For example, when America spotted Aspen holding the hand of another girl, she quickly believed that he had moved on to another girl after he broke up with her, and luckily, she listened to him once he became a palace guard. But, I really liked that she is humble and did not have to change herself in order to get the prince to like her. She stayed true to herself and her motives are good since her family gets paid in checks because she is in the Selection. She thinks of her family a lot more than herself.

I liked Aspen; I couldn’t hate him because he was so good to America with the little he had. I felt that he had her best interest in mind and he never wanted her to suffer like himself. His caste number was six and America’s was five, he did not want her to live in poverty. He knew that he had to break up with her in other for her to have a better life. He’s a hard worker, sacrificial, and willing to make America happy no matter what. When he spoke of the draft, I did not expect him to become a palace guard. Near the end of the book, he tells America that he still loves her. I was a bit sadden that I know that America will end up choosing Maxon over him.

Celeste had to be the most interesting selected because she started drama and was ambitious. She was the typical mean girl who wanted the prince from the beginning. The royals had no idea that she was cruel to the other girls since she concealed her personality very well. Marlee, is America’s friend in the Selection, and she is the favorite selected of the people. I just want to know why she is in the contest if she does not like Maxon. I had a feeling there was something mysterious about her.

I wasn’t a big fan of the writing. When I was reading the novel, I felt it was more like a fan fiction. I felt that there was more description and not enough dialogue. I was disappointed that the girls did not really have to compete with each other. What I mean to say is that, I felt that the girls were just there. I thought there were going to be contests to win dates, not just lessons on royalty. I wished that the author would have described the relevant girls more. I really felt that there was focus on only four girls: Kris, Marlee, America, and Celeste. Hopefully in the sequel, the author writes more about the six chosen girls left remaining. I was a bit shocked that the prince eliminated so many girls after the rebel attacked the palace. I hope that there is more information about why the Kingdom of Illea has enemies. So far, there are two rebel groups, the Northerners and the Southerners. The Northerners raid the palace more, but are seeking an object or weapon (it has not been revealed yet), while the Southerners are more brutal and violent. I forgot to mention that the book is supposed to be a dystopian. I heard some people call it Hunger Games meets the Bachelor, but I feel its more like the Bachelor because the girls aren’t forced to kill one another like the Hunger Games. Besides, America singer is no Katniss nor a political symbol to overthrow the government. Somehow this book did remind me of Cinderella in a way. Girl goes from poverty and wins the heart of the prince, basically Cinderella. Lastly, I hope the author explains why there are caste systems, and how they were formed. I’m pretty positive that America be the one to win the Selection competition. I’m still going to finish the trilogy, and luckily I’ve stayed away from spoilers on Tumblr. The book is a bit predictable, but I was entertained nonetheless and I can’t wait to read The Elite.

Final Rating: 👑👑👑

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell:Book Review

“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.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Two misfits.
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.

 

Characters:

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.

Quotes:

“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: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️