“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.” - Park Sheridan
This book is about two young teens who incidentally fall in love. Eleanor who is the eldest of four siblings living in a new town-trying to get away from her past and abusive step dad. She tries not to be noticed however with her unique fashion and her bright curly red hair she couldn't stick out more. Park who is the boy who catches her bus who thinks that he's made himself invisible with his black t-shirts, headphones and his comics.Though not to Eleanor. After constant exchanges of music, magazines and late night conversations these two teens fall in love. However Eleanor's love for Park can't change her life at home and at school. She has to be strong and find a way to overcome the abuse.
This book really shows us what it is like to be young and in love. It shows us the importance and strengths of having someone in your life who can help you overcome your fears and obstacles. It was a great read however I would like to say that I was really quite disappointed with the ending (more so the last chapter). I have read Rainbow Rowell's explanation of why she ended the book the way she did on such a major cliffhanger which could be comprehended in so many ways. However to be quite frank the ending did turn me off the rest of the book which is why I did give it a ranking of 3 stars after all the positivity for the rest of the book. So yes, I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy cute young romance books however not to someone who like me can get turned off the book as a result of the ending.
I would also like to point out, that the back of the book states that it is not for young readers- however I think that it is appropriate for mature young readers above 14.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell AUD $19.99 (approx.)
The Young Book Critic