Review ~ Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I thought this was a good story that dealt with real life issues. I think Rowell touched on topics that others want to avoid in fear of not being politically correct. However, those that do write in that fashion do not portray the realities of life. I’m glad Rowell put in those things that some would shy away from.
The love story was passionate, yet, standoffish. The normal, regular life of Park was shown well. So was the messed up life of Eleanor. I have to say that I love, love, love Park’s mother. I also liked his father, but his mother was amazing. I think I cried more from her reactions to Eleanor’s life than half the stuff Eleanor and Park did.
Also, I listened to this story and the narrators were really good. They did such a great job with the voices and accents. Park’s mother sounds just like my Korean sister-in-law. Loved it.
The ending, as all of these young adult books, left the future to our imagination and, although, I’ve learned to deal with it, I don’t always like it. (Just what were those 3 words?) But I still enjoyed it all very much.
I recommend this to everyone that loves YA books about real life issues.