Eleanor and Park- Book Review

Eleanor and ParkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nearly everyone I know has recommended this book at some point and mostly for the 80’s references. While it’s not a personal favorite, I can see why so many of my friends loved it. I personally enjoyed the pop culture flashbacks of cassette tapes, stonewashed mini skirts, and awkward first love. It felt like Jr. High all over again.

I think I was expecting more of a fluffy romance and wasn’t prepared for the family drama that Eleanor was dealing with. That was heartbreaking on so many levels. I wanted to reach into the pages and rescue her from her awful situation. I wanted to strangle all the adults that stood by and did nothing to help or didn’t believe her when she told them. I wanted to cheer when Park took her away to a better life. Basically, this book hit me in the feels over and over again and didn’t let up until I was finished.

I agree with another friend who said the ending felt a bit contrived. However, I don’t think it will matter to teens. I predict that this book will win the Gateway Reader award for Missouri with little competition.

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  1. thejedilibrarian

    I thought the ending was hopeful. Ending on hope is always a good thing.


    • MsVal313

      It was hopeful. I just felt like Park was a bit out of character. Maybe contrived was the wrong word??!


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