Review: Eleanor & Park

Posted July 21, 2014 in 3 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


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.


I love the simplicity of this cover. It’s gorgeous. Eleanor is way thinner than the author describes in the book thoug. That bothered me a little.

Initial Thoughts

There’s a lot of hype going around about this book. My expectations were a little high. It was an easy book to get right into. The author was good at sucking you into the story. I actually finished the whole book really fast. It’s something that’s easy to read.

My New BFF

I think the author wanted us to all be best friends with Eleanor. She wanted us to sympathize with her but I found her the most annoying out of all the characters. All she ever did was run away from her problems. She refused to talk to anyone about her situation even though she knew if wasn’t right. She was afraid of everything. I like reading books with strong females leads and this wasn’t one of them. I know she was in a hard situation and it was a little different in the 80’s but I still felt she could have done something about it.

My Crush

I liked Park. He was ok. I think I was more annoyed at him than anything though. He was a typical teenage guy in the 80’s. I liked that he understood that he had a good life and a stable home. He was tankful for that. What I was annoyed at was that he cared what all the kids thought of him. He didn’t even like these kids though. I was annoyed he never stood up for himself but he had no problem standing up for Eleanor even when she asked him not to. I also didn’t like how this book says that two misfits fall in love and Park isn’t really a misfit. He tries to fit in and he’s pretty good at it.

Writing Style

I like Rainbow Rowell’s writing style. She’s a really light writer and she’s great with making an interesting plot. I found I didn’t connect to her characters though and that’s what put my rating down.

Closing Thoughts

This book was only ok for me. I didn’t find it anything special. I was actually really annoyed with the characters. I just didn’t connect with them the way a reader should. The plot was ok though. It happened kind of quick but it was a shorter book. I wished the ending gave us more though. It just kind of ended in the middle of the high point. I wanted to know that everything was ok. To summarize: It was ok but I’ve read better.


“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.”

3 out of 5 stars


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