Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

It’s 1986 and two star-crossed teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love–and just how hard it pulled you under.
 A cross between the iconic ’80s movie Sixteen Candles and the classic coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska, Eleanor & Park is a brilliantly written young adult novel”

Favourite Character: PARK! HANDS DOWN!
Favourite Scene: Either when Park shared his comics with Eleanor on the bus or when Park’s mum warmed to Eleanor and gave her a makeover.
Favourite Quote: “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.” it’s the sweetest thing!
Rating: 85%

This is without a doubt one of the cutest books I have ever read, Eleanor and Park’s relationship is such a bumpy road and they spend the whole book trying to keep their footing. Eleanor’s situation reminded me of Tracey Beaker, for all the care she got in that family, she would have been better off in a children’s home. It was like Jaqueline Wilson for young adults.

I thought it was really sweet how Eleanor had a little box which she keeps all of her most treasured possessions in. I also really loved Park’s family as a whole, there was such a stark contrast between his and Eleanor’s. Her foster father reminded me of Gabe Ugliano from Percy Jackson except amplified like 1000% I didn’t think anybody could be such an asshat. The fact that he beleived that to be acceptable behaviour staggered me, I can’t beleive Eleanor stayed as long as she did. Eleanor’s mother is almost worse than he was for putting up with it for so long and subjecting her children to his behaviour.

On another, less ragey note, The bus scenes were unbelivably cute, especially at the beginning. All Eleanor needed was a friend, someone to show her the slightest bit of kindness and by sharing a gift as precious as reading with her, Park really stands out as one of the best people I have had the pleasure to meet in YA fiction (his competition being Levi from Fangirl and Percy Jackson). Even though Park was having his own troubles, he still put Eleanor first.
I really enjoyed watching the relationship between Parks mum and Eleanor grow. She was very suspicious of Eleanor in the beginning but she had a mothers instinct which told her Eleanor just needed some affection from a motherly figure in her life and I really admired Parks mum for getting past her preconceived notions about Eleanor.
One thing which annoyed me in this book was the fact that Eleanor wouldn’t stay for dinner. I thought maybe after a while she would get over her fear of Park’s house and stay for dinner (at least she’d be getting nutritious food, right?) but sh never did. I understood why she bolted out of the door the first time she visited but after that I was willin her to be more confident. She’s such a great character but she blocks herself off from the world because she’s so insecure.
That was the jist of my thoughts and feelings on this book! I loved it but was on holiday when I read it so I couldnt sit and review it then and time has just been running away from me since then!
Thanks for reading, please comment with your opinions on the book! I hearing back from you guys!

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