Book Review: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

It’s true that a contemporary book can make any day feel even more sweeter and better. ooo i hear my dog bark.


Name: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 8, 2016


Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this 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.

Book Cover Comments

Simple, cute, straight to the point, perfect for a contemporary book ;) Also credits to my friend Jonathan (not that you’ll ever read this) for introducing this book to me, because I died.

The Actual Review

After a roller coaster of fantasy and depressing life, it’s really true that a sweet star-crossed contemporary romance can cheer your day up.

Eleanor & Park is such a sweet contemporary romance filled with mini arguments and interruptions through out their relationship, I thought it really reflects RL when every couple is only trying out and beginning to get used to a new person in their life. The book must also be praised for it’s diversity and the fact that it addresses some social standard stereotypes, and one of those that was in the book somewhat, in a way, applies to me? No shame here. That’s what I really love about this book, the fact that it’s expressing some issues that people are feeling nowadays, why they are uncomfortable around other people.

It was also interesting to see how Eleanor & Park started off, how they first interacted and talked to each other, as well as how they learnt to accept each other’s flaws, which is of course, a really important aspect that we need in our daily lives, even with family and friends. (and animals, too.)

But seriously, the ending was really heartbreaking, and here’s my reaction.

*flips page. Acknowledgements*

“Wait What”
*flips back and forth*
“What the hell r u srs”

Yep that was my wonderful verbal reaction which I actually said out loud. Then I went to my friends for therapy because I didn’t know how to deal with the ending. A nice thing about the ending is that instead of being a close ended future if you get what I mean, it is an open ended future that can lead to so many paths because the final ending and how it will turn out is blurred. That gives the reader a wild imagination of what will happen to Eleanor and Park in their far future. Though I personally prefer closed endings just because I want to draw a “full stop” to a story.

I’d also like to talk about the school life of Eleanor and Park, and as I said, there are some stereotypes going around at school and terrible behaviours going on. I really like how it’s addressed in the book, because, of course, it increases the book’s diversity and just really shows how flawed humans are (sorry if this might be controversial) and how much more we can be improving.

Both Eleanor and Park’s family separately are also really interesting to learn about. The power in the family, how the family runs, their fears and their lives, accepting and not accepting, rules, regulations, all these things you will be seeing in this book.

*yes i know this is a fairly repetitive book review but i’m sorry i dunno wat 2 talk abt*


Spark up your day with this fluttering romance and stay stunned from the beautiful ending, as well as smile at the diversity of Eleanor & Park.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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