Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


3.5 disco balls

Published: February 26, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance
#1 New York Times Bestseller

A story of two unlikely teenagers who find each other when they need each other the most. The book synopsis reads: “Two misfits. One extraordinary love.”

To me it wasn’t really about two misfits, but more about two teenagers discovering themselves. Park on the outside fit in; on the inside he felt like a misfit in his own family. He was able to be himself in front of Eleanor. Eleanor on the outside seemed as though she wanted attention for being different, but it was her family life that was chaotic: what we learn about her is that you should never judge a book by its cover. Park made her feel safe.

I enjoyed the structure of the book with the back and forth between Park and Eleanor’s take on situations and feelings. The author also did a good job at character development, pace and dialogue. I prefer books with more dialogue than detailed paragraphs (just my preference), so I read this one rather quickly.

Why 3.5 versus 4 disco balls? The ending. To be fair, I am not sure what I wanted but I know I wanted more than I got (and I was kind of sad it was over). It is still worth a read.

If you read it, or will read it, let me know what you thought!


15 thoughts on “Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

  1. This was one of the books I received at Christmas and I read it in a day. I loved it! I will write a review shortly but like you I was disappointed by the ending and left hanging. I immediately googled to find out more and apparently there will be a sequel at some point.

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  2. I haven’t read it and I probably won’t for awhile so I can’t weigh in on the ending. Sorry that you didn’t like it because it stinks to put so much into a book and then not like the ending.

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