Sunday, May 18, 2014

Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park
by: Rainbow Rowell

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Young Adult

I read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and loved it. I had heard a lot about this book in my Young Adult & Children's Literature grad school class, so I decided to give it a try. It actually took a while to get it in at the library because it is so popular right now. I was worried it wouldn't live up to the hype, but wow it really does. It's about a girl named Eleanor who starts at a new school and she is quiet and different and faces a tough time both at school and at home. She meets Park and they reluctantly strike up a friendship over common interests. It's just so well done. Even though some of the material is really sad, it still left me feeling positive. I cried at this one. It just really stuck with me in a good way.

Things I liked
I loved how they bond over comic books and music. And it takes place in 1986, so it's just got that fun kind of vibe to it.

I liked the fact that they again are both not your stereotypical leading characters. She has big red hair and a curvy body and he is part Korean and does martial arts. I thought they were adorable.

Things I didn't
Nobody enjoys reading about some of the stuff that she has going on at home, but at the same time, it was well done in a way that you get it, you feel it, but you're not dragged down by it. (That seems like such a weird thing to say when people really face those things in real life. I guess I just mean that as far as reading it for entertainment purposes, it's done appropriately.)

Overall: Sad, funny, adorable coming of age romance.

Book 29 of 50

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