Hello! I’ve decided to post my review I did for English, but I’ve cut out all the boring analysis bit.
‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell. I find myself always coming back to this book whenever I want something to read, or if I want to think about this book again. ‘Eleanor and Park’ isn’t your typical young adult fiction romance, girl meets boy, happily ever after. In this 80’s romance, is the story of two outcasts brought together by a bus seat.
At the start of the book, we are taken to the quiet town of Omaha, Nebraska, in 1986. Despite Park living his entire life here, he’s never felt like he’s fit in. He’s an outsider, because his mum is Korean, so he doesn’t look like all the other kids. Eleanor has never lived in ‘the flats’ and is ‘stereotypically weird’. When Eleanor gets on the bus on her first day at the local high school, all the kids eyes fix on her bright curly hair, and her men’s clothes. She doesn’t have a place to sit until Park grumpily moves across so she can share his. From, there, they build a friendship, reading comics and sharing music. A secret, forbidden love blossoms as they deal with big problems of their own in their small town.
In ‘Eleanor and Park’, I really like how Rowell doesn’t sugar coat life in Omaha, or the plot and how it isn’t a happily ever after ending. This novel is very Romeo and Juliet-esque, and Eleanor and Park were destined to be apart. I really liked enjoyed how everyone in this town all had their own problems and were wrapped up in their own lives and predicaments. The way Rowell changed perspectives from Park to Eleanor and back again was very interesting , as you got to find out more about the different sides of an event and the true emotions they were feeling.
‘Eleanor and Park’ would appeal to anyone who’s looking for an alternative read to what they usually are interested in. Because of the language used in this novel, I would suggest ages 13-14+. I would give this book a 4.987 because the cliff hanger ending left me feeling empty. Still waiting for a sequel!
Thanks for reading!