One Minute Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park


The story of two star-crossed teenagers and the year that they experience together.

What I Liked About It:

It was one of those books that I read because I kept having this uneasy feeling that something absolutely horrifying would happen at the end. I liked the writing, and I was really interested in Eleanor’s backstory. I really couldn’t get enough of that. And I liked Park’s family. The characters were decent, and Eleanor and Park fell right in the believable teenager category. If I were younger I think I would have finished it and reread it immediately. The love story was a bit lacking, but considering that teens were the subject matter, I found it believable because that’s just being a teenager. Boom you’re “in love” without rhyme or reason. So basically, I felt it was a believable story.

What I Didn’t Like About It:

There were a few things about the adults that just struck me as off and frustrating. Not so much Eleanor’s family, they were scarily believable. But Park’s family, particularly Park’s father at the end allowing his son to drive so far away bothered me. It also bothered me that though Eleanor and Park felt so strongly about one another, and particularly Eleanor feeling like she was living for Park, she kind of left him behind and that was that. I realize this was the 80s, but I remember the 80s, and it’s wasn’t such a bleak prospect leaving a friend behind. I kept touch with lots of friends through letters and regular phone calls, so this bothered me.

The Verdict:

I liked this one. It drew me in, and kept me hooked, and even though I wasn’t particularly satisfied with the ending, I didn’t think it marred the entire book. It was a good solid, character driven story. That being said, if you like plot driven, this might not be the book for you.

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