Thursday, 8 May 2014

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 325
Publisher: Orion
Released: 28th of February 2013

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he's made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor... never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

What I Have To Say

The relationship in this book was absolutely beautiful. It was such a real romance. It developed so slowly and naturally, without being overdone. It was so obvious that they were falling for each other, without being overly blunt, leaving the reader to experience the feeling that they can see if, even before the characters.

 As a bit of a comic book fan, I adored the fact that Eleanor and Park started to fall for each other while reading comic books. And the fact that they started this having not even exchanged more than a few words with each other, and not nice ones at that. I would never have thought it possible for a romance to form without the characters speaking to one another until I read this book.

There was only really one issue I had with this book and that was the reveal at the end. It all felt a little sudden. Thinking back I can only really think of a couple of hints that were there. I don’t mind not knowing how something will end, but I like looking back and seeing how it was there all along

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