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26 out of 30 people found this review helpful.
I have no words that will do this book justice. This book is per
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.
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10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
I don't regret reading the book, it was really sweet. The only t
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Posted February 11, 2014
I am not sure why all the rating for this novel are above averag
I am not sure why all the rating for this novel are above average. This book is ok, quick read not a page turning spectacular story. Disappointed in Barnes and Noble for promoting so many books that are just mediocre.
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Posted March 12, 2013
Posted January 5, 2014
I honestly have no idea how this book has 4.5 stars. It was one
I honestly have no idea how this book has 4.5 stars. It was one of the worst books I have ever read. The characters were one-dimensional and somewhat vapid, and their rapid ascension from strangers on the bus to boyfriend/girlfriend was unrealistic. The story itself was trite, and Rowell's overuse of ellipses throughout the novel drew me out of the story completely. If anything, the novel's ending seemed to be the most realistic part. I only gave it two stars because it was extremely easy to read, since you do not have to think much as you read it. Perhaps I have grown out of the YA romance stories, and perhaps I have read more enjoyable and sophisticated novels that I cannot appreciate this book for what it is. However, if you are looking for a hackneyed teen romance novel, this is your best bet.
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