I find that I love to read mainstream and popular books, and when Eleanor & Park first came out, everyone was raving about it, and they still are today, and that’s for a positive reason. Rainbow Rowell’s words are absolutely riveting and in my eyes, she is one of the best contemporary YA authors of all time.
I never expected this to be amazing. Contemporary novels are very hard to judge, and I really didn't know what to expect with this one. Once I got into 30 pages of the book, I was hooked in. The characters were amazing, and this was unique because it took place in the 1970’s or 80’s? I don’t remember lol but it really was something special.
Okay. So Eleanor is the most “awkward” girl protagonist you could think of. She has wild red curly hair and has the “wrong clothes.” But, when she meets Park, she’s not afraid to show her true inner self. Park is also awkward, and loves music, it’s all he thinks about, besides Eleanor. This is their “romance” and “journey” together through the years which is full of surprises and many different realistic situations.
The first word that comes to mind after finishing this book is artsy and indie. It’s very hipster and bookish. I totally imagined the world in drawings which was absolutely amazing to think about.
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
I loved Eleanor from the start. She was so wild, but calm and quiet at the same thoughts. Her thoughts probably were all over the place.
I really wasn't sure about Park until he and Eleanor clicked. They were the best couple I’ve ever read about, and of course, come on, that MEANS A LOT, especially coming from me. ;)
I was crying in the end, no joke. Rainbow left us with such a cliffhanger, and we CAN’T EVEN FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. THAT IS CRUELTY.
But the ending at the same time was breathtaking and unexpected. In one way, I didn’t want it to end but in another, they should receive a fairytale ending. They deserved it.
B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. One word, so much thought in it.