Eleanor and Park.
I can’t believe how in love I am of this story! I’m actually obsessed with it 🙂
Now, I bought this book after scouring over Amazon, looking for a couple of summer reads. I’m not gonna lie, the only reason I bought it was because it has a good write up by the man himself, Mr John Green. The blurb doesn’t give this book any justice and without the recommendation I would not have bothered with it.
Thank goodness I have! The book is a simple love story and yet the book is not simple at all. It’s written in a way I can only describe as ‘teenage talk’. The characters are complex and yet have the same emotions any teenager would have when starting to have their first crush and boyfriend/girlfriend. The chapters are split into sections between the girl’s point and view and the boy’s point of view. They are completely different – almost polar opposites- and yet their relationship develops in a way that is so real, so innocent, so magical that you know it’s love. It’s not full of the ‘love at first sight’ rubbish but shows the real way that people tend to get to know each other. The writing is beautiful and the story doesn’t get boring at any stage. The characters feel emotions that you might have felt in your life and this makes them more relatable and easier to love and care for. Also, the characters flaws are instantly shown and they don’t waltz around with their perfect hair and flawless face. They are down to Earth characters and this makes them easier to love. This is because no one likes perfection, it cannot be obtained and using characters that are, apparently, ‘perfect’ just divides the readers with the characters, making for a rubbish read with you, as the reader, getting nothing out of it. I believe this story is written from experience just from the sheer brutality of pureness and faultlessness of the piece of writing.
The book is beautifully written and, although I have yet to finish the story, I will definitely be looking into the writer and seeing if he or she has produced anymore stories. I would strongly suggests for you to buy this book, even if you are male. It is the sort of book that both sexes can relate to and find a good read.
Information about the book
Title : Eleanor and Park
Author : Rainbow Rowell
Review from John Green (writer of The Fault In Our Stars) :
‘Reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book’.