Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: February 26th 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback edition, 325 pages
4,5/5 stars


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. 


It took me a while to read this book, because I had bad experience with Fangirl. But this book is really different from Fangirl.

Eleanor & Park are both outsiders in their school in their own way. Park because he’s half korean, which is uncommon in that time, and Eleanor because she’s different. She wears clothes that’s uncommon and just being herself. They almost hate each other when they first met. But as the school year proceed, they learn to opening themselves with each other and eventually fall in love.

I think this book is very beautiful. It’s so much better than Fangirl. This sets in the 80’s, so it’s interesting to read about all the books, songs, and gadget references. The conversation is real, like how real highschool students would talk with each other, instead of using metaphors and cheesy lines. What I love about Park, he really looks more than physical aspects, and she loves Eleanor for who she is.

The thing is, there’s too much happening at the end of the book. We have such a cute love story, and suddenly there’s this serious family issues, that I can’t understand what was actually happening.

For those of you who wants to try Rainbow Rowell books, or want to read a cute love story sets in the 80’s, this book is swoon worthy.

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