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Eleanor & Park - The book that taught me to not give up

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

This book was amazing! I really enjoyed reading this book, otherwise I would not have written about this book positively. It made me feel so many feelings. It made me laugh, angry and sad at some points.


This is a story about two 16 years old student who comes from totally different worlds who falls head over heels in love. Thebook starts with one of the main character, Eleanor who are new to school, and she ends up sitting next to him on her fist day of school and then their relationship begins. But this book is much mor. Than that too. If you are curious, you should go and pick it up !


I didn't like the first 100 pages in this book, to admit. I found it not interesting, but I decided to give this book a chance because I had heard a lot about this book. I am really glad that I didn't give up because this book is so wonderful. The writing style was so wonderful. That might be the reason why I didn't give up?


I really liked that the book was written in both of the main characters' point of view. Park was such a gentleman. He was certainly my favorite character in this book. He was so sweet to Eleanor. I liked that he compared Eleanor with beautiful things. I also liked that he liked her because of who she was and not because of her appearance or her status. He has all the qualities that a girl is looking for a man. His family was just like him. They were so nice. Especially his dad.


I enjoyed reading Park's feelings for Eleanor. If Rainbow hadn't written in his point of view, we would have wondered what he saw in Eleanor because the author describes her as a chubby girl with red, bright hair. She is also an obnoxious dresser and her family is really poor. She didn't even have a toothbrush. I don't know if that was normal on that time,(this book takes place in 1986, by the way) but I just have a feeling that it wasn't normal. 


The thing that I liked about Eleanor was that she was different. She is not like that other young adult main characters. She does have her flaws like that she is fat. She is not perfect and doesn't care about what others think about her appearance or her poverty. I liked her strengthness. She is probably the strongest female character ever. She was not hard, that is not my point. She was nice to everyone(Expect her step dad, of course).


I found it really difficult to imagine her in my head because the way the author described her. That she was half Danish and half Scottish. Even though she is nice and all that, I didn't like her all the time. Sometimes she annoyed me to dead. She was a little overdramatic in certain situation(when she met Park's family, for example). 


I really hated her step dad (who is the Voldermort in this story). He was so cruel that I wished he would die. He was so mean to Eleanor and her mother.  I also felt a little annoyed by her mom. She didn't do anything when her husband was mean to her daughter. She was just standing there like a tree. I hoped she would die with her husband too, even though I understand that she is afraid that he will do something to her, but still. The is no excuse. She was a coward. Perios. I hope she realizes it. 


This is a really good book, but not my favorite, though. I couldn't relate to any of the characters. I think is was due to the setting of the book. I also didn't like the first 100 pages. They were a little boring. The ending was the reason why I liked this book. The conflict was so great. Even though it's right in front of your face, you don't expect it. I liked how the boom ended. (the three words. So cute. How did she come up with that idea? When - if I meet her, I will ask her. No joke.)



""We accept the love we think we deserve."
-Stephen Chbosky, The perks of being a wallflower"
"“Holding Eleanor's hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park"
""Eleanor was right. She never looked good. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you fell something."
—Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park"