Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

eleanor and park“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.” – Rainbow Rowell.

What can I say? This book is amazing.

Now, as one can gather from the title, this book focuses on two characters: Eleanor and Park. It is “the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try”.

I love Rowell’s writing; I love her characters (well, most of them, I can’t say that I loved Richie at all). The plot was original, as was the ending which definitely left me satisfied and content. The ending may not have been what I expected, but it makes me love the book that much more. I mean, it’s a bit boring if you’re able to predict the ending of a book, isn’t it? And even though it didn’t end the way I expected, and part of me wanted, I don’t think I could have asked for a nicer ending to the story. I even loved how at the end of the book Rowell has written about those three words at the end of the story, so while I would have probably spent ages dwelling on what those words could be had I not read those pages after the acknowledgements, because I did I no longer have any desire to know which doesn’t at all lessen the love I now hold for this book; it just makes me understand Rowell’s writing so much more.

If you are debating whether or not to read this book, my advice: go for it.

If you have read this book, please feel free to share your thoughts on it in the comments.

Rowell is also the author of Fangirl which is currently in my “to be read” pile on my bedside table, so if you’re a fan of Rowell’s or are still pondering whether or not to pick up one of her books, I shall hopefully have a review up as soon as possible.

– Lauren

Updated, 02/05/15: I can now confirm that I have read and reviewed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell for anybody interested.

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