Eleanor & Park


Eleanor & Park


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 3 of5 stars

What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that?, he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.


Eleanor and Park is actually a typical teenage love story. Two people living their opposite lives meet in a way that happens everyday, in a way that could have happened to anyone- in their case, the school bus. Slowly, through their mutual interests drawing them together, they realize that the person is so much more and they fall in love. However, life is just not that simple – Eleanor’s life is not simple and their love is actually “forbidden”.

I really liked the narrative of this book. The story was told the way teenagers would have told it. Inside Eleanor’s POV, I could hear a teenage girl in love talking about her first love and how it’s the only thing that matters in my life now. Let’s face it – we were all there. Eleanor, in my opinion, was a bit selfish and all her attention was on Park. When I reflected it to my reality, I realized that it’s just how we are – we think our first love is the best thing that ever happened to us – and the best thing that would ever happen to us. Rainbow Rowell was able to portray the minds of a sixteen-year-old guy and a sixteen-year-old girl in love.

The light-heartedness of the narrative, for me, overpowers the heavy concepts which made it very easy to read. If you are looking for something to make you smile and giggle, then this might be a great read for you. But, that’s all the book has done for me so if you’re actually looking for something that will change you, this might not be it.

The ending haunts me though. I really wanted more. It was not enough for me. It was too vague. I’m the kind of person who seeks closure so I’m not really fond of open endings.

Moreover, I feel like there’s something lacking here – something that makes young adult romances above the others. This book’s elements are something that I have seen before. There’s nothing that makes me really laugh out loud, or pause reading to cry or to scream.

This book is just like an acquaintance, you enjoy the company for a while but it’s not someone you’d call to have dinner with or share exciting news with.