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Eleanor & Park

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

45 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

I have no words that will do this book justice. This book is per

I have no words that will do this book justice. This book is perfect in every way, from the imperfect and fractured characters, the 1986 setting, the mixtapes, walkmans, and lack of mobiles, to the raw emotional journey it took us through Eleanor and Park; two teenagers...
I have no words that will do this book justice. This book is perfect in every way, from the imperfect and fractured characters, the 1986 setting, the mixtapes, walkmans, and lack of mobiles, to the raw emotional journey it took us through Eleanor and Park; two teenagers who can't seem to find a place that they belong to, an identity they could proudly call their own, a "someone" they could turn to for help, for love, for friendship.. until they met each other. This book is so powerful. I read it in a couple of hours and I couldn't put it down. The two POVs, switching between Eleanor and Park, gave the readers more insight on what each side is feeling, thinking, and wishing. Something we don't usually witness. These characters were layered, had flaws, faults, and a history that would bring the readers emotional pain, allow them to connect with the characters, and root for them to get together, stay together, and be whoever they wanted and needed to be. 
Rainbow Rowell's gift in writing should not be overlooked. She was able to create such an eloquent novel from a simple setting, Eleanor and Park sitting in the bus on the same chair. That is how they met, that is when we see them together for over 100 pages.. they barely talk, they barely communicate, heck, Eleanor calls him "the stupid asian kid" while Park is just trying to pretend she doesn't exist. Eleanor isn't the stick thin girl, no she is not obese, but she still has baby fat and people make fun of her, for that and her outrageous sense of style and bright red hair. They call her "Big Red". However Eleanor ignores them, for the most part, and tries to not let them get to her. However after she and Park started talking, communicating, and getting to know each other, the bullying took a step back. Yes bullying was still a part of the novel, but me as a reader lived for the moments that Eleanor & Park met because I believed they were the most gratingly honest and through them you just couldn't help but fall in love with them. 
The story is more than a love story, it also includes an abusive relationship, Eleanor's mother and her step father; How I loathed him. I also did not have any happy thoughts towards Eleanor's mother. She has 4 small children, excluding Eleanor, and she still stays in that abusive relationship, stays with the man that kicked Eleanor out of the house for a full year. There is honestly so much family issues and all of them are so realistic which is why they all hit me hard, because many people suffer from being tied to such abusive relationships, and children being the helpless victims to that. I have to say though, I loved Park's family, he is half korean, and his dad loves his mom, so glaringly obvious that it really gives the readers a clear contrast between both families. I would have to say that every single young adult reader must pick this book. Whether they enjoy contemporary or not, this book is not one to miss. I am definitely going to be getting and cherishing a copy when it is out. Rowell, you officially made me a die hard fan. 

posted by majibookshelf on March 8, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

I don't regret reading the book, it was really sweet. The only t

I don't regret reading the book, it was really sweet. The only thing is that I wish there was more conflict. The characters were well developed, I kept hoping that something more would happen. Nothing much happened... 

posted by Alli_Browni on July 19, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    I only finished this book because I have a thing against startin

    I only finished this book because I have a thing against starting a book and not finishing it, but there were so many times when I wanted to throw this book at the wall. There was no conflict, there was no point, and there was no conclusion. Furthermore, I personally thought the ending was horrible and left me pissed off more than anything, and the characters were really bizarre. Boring and weird sums it up.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Not deserving of any of the hype

    Not even a single ounce. It's critically atrocious, and even as a casual reader it's tacky, has a bad ending, is racist and follows tons of rude stereotypes (no idea how that is so overlooked), the characters are not likeable (Eleanor is whiny, Park is rude), etc

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Hated it

    Very depressing

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Plot spoilers

    Too many plot spoilers giving away the entire story. Bn needs to do something about these rude people ruining books for other ppl, then bragging about how they got their book for free. Great for you, but we have to buy our book, and when you reveal every detail, why spend good money when you have already told us everything that happens? You are rude, mean ppl.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Does A really read all these books her reviews manage to put the reader off or is this a covert group under one bames

    Sure saves space in archive

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Lame

    Too typical. Suprised by ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    This book made me is uncomfortable. This love story is so immatu

    This book made me is uncomfortable. This love story is so immature and unrealistic I don't understand how anyone can rate this book above average. I would not recommend this book to anyone over the age of  14

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    IT REALLY STUNK!!

    I wish I knew how childish this book was before l purchased it.In my opinion it's geared for second maybe third graders.I would be so ashamed if my friends found out that I bought it.It's my own fault l guess.I just went by the reviews and didn't read the sample.I know.just by reading this you can tell how very mature I am.I'll be twelve in July and have had sex for almost a year now.Alot of poeple even girls tell me how smart and pretty I am!That's probaley also why this book was so childish for me.I know I'll have to give the book one star to get this posted which is not fair cause that is not what I think it deserves!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    hi

    Add me as a frend plz

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 21, 2013

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