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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Book Review)

Title: Eleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Rating: 5/5

It’s deep and I was so surprised it was.

It’s a YA book thus, the skepticism. Not that I hate YA’s but at my age, it feels like it’s out of my league already.

This book was actually chosen out of boredom, when we were in a vacation and I forgot to bring a physical book with me and when I checked our Ipad, this is the only ebook that got my curious mind back in place.

I’ve also heard good reviews about it and so, I tried it.

At first, I thought it will be like Stephanie Perkin‘s Lola and the Boy Next Boy type of novel because of the character’s ages. However, it’s totally different from it. There is depth to it that one can’t resist, regardless of your age.

This book has tackled some social issues that the world is facing right now – child abuse, women’s rights, bullying, teenage young love – among the few.

The story is beyond puppy love. It talks about kindness too, being open minded, without judging people base on what they wear and loving a person beyond imperfection.

As I tried to imagine Eleanor, I felt a pang of guilt with how I deal with my life because of what she and her family has. It has driven me to be more thankful and grateful, for what I have in my life – people and the blessings we have.

Eleanor’s family is a mess and the reason why she dressed in an eccentric way and the reason for her whole persona – aloof, sarcastic and a fighter.

For me, she’s the star of this novel and Park is her supporting character. Because he accepted her, amidst other people’s impression towards her.

More than a good story plot, this book is inspirational. One meaningful read for the youngsters and of course, even those that are young at heart.

This is my first Rainbow Rowell book and I will be looking forward for more.


“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.”

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Set in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny and sad, sarcastic and sincere, and above all geeky. The title characters are both 16-year-old misfits in their working-class Omaha neighborhood. Park is half-Korean in a mostly-white part of town, and is into alternative music and comic books, unlike his brother and dad who are into sports


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