Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Series: Stand Alone
Published by St. Martin's Papaerback on February 26th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 325

"Bono met his wife in high school," Park says.
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen."
"What about Romeo and Juliet?"
"Shallow, confused, then dead."
''I love you," Park says.
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be."

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – 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.

Ok so you know how the other day I was cursing The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and expressing my extreme hatred for contemporary novels? And you were all:

Your wrong, I hate you


Well today is the day I eat those words….or at least some of them. Because I have experienced the complete awesomeness that is Eleanor & Park!

I’ve been trying really hard to like contemporary books lately, and so far every single thing I’ve read has left me with the urge to throw things. I was even prepared to give up on the genre as a whole, it was so frustrating! But I have fantastic bookish friends ( Scott, Kristen and Stephanie) who suggested we read Eleanor & Park together. Now of course I was completely convinced that there was no way I was going to like this contemporary novel. I knew way down in my gut that there was no way I was going to even remotely enjoy something that was sure to be another drama filled unbelievable mess! Then Stephanie had to drop out of the read-a-long and I was all “this is a sign of how horrible this book will be for me!”. But by then I had already used my audible credit and Scott and Kristen were so excited I wouldn’t destroy their party. And what a party it was!

Somehow Rowell has made a story that showcases what true love should be in a novel and how even the heaviest of stories can be brightened by that love. She took some very serious situations and problems and shed light on them without going for the obvious and overly done shock factor approach. And coming from a person who has witnessed the reality of abusive family members, self esteem issues, substance and domestic abuse, I can’t tell you how much the reality of this story means to me. Not once did I feel as though Rowell was being preachy or melodramatic. She took every serious element that would have made me cringe or roll my eyes in any other book and somehow balanced them with the budding and tangible love that Eleanor & Park had, and for that I am in total awe.

 I’m not an emotional person by any means, but believe me when I say this story had me full invested as a reader, a witness, and a person. And any tears I did shed were genuine.

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13 thoughts on “Eleanor & Park

  1. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    Haha, I was just as iffy to read it as you! But I’m so glad that we did, I really love this book. Great review 🙂
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  3. Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake.

    Glad to see you liked this one! I didn’t think Eleanor & Park was my kind of story either, but I ended up REALLY enjoying it(and feeling SOO much!)


    1. Octavia

      It’s nice to be proved wrong about a book isn’t it!

      Thanks for dropping by 🙂


  4. Lauren @ Books, Tea & Me

    I really must read this story asap. I keep hearing how amazing it is, but I have to start watching my money and hardcovers can be so pricey up in Canada…
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    1. Octavia

      I totally know what you mean. I got my copy from Audible.com for 3.49(USD) maybe that might be a cheaper option?? I just got into audiobooks but I think E&P was amazing in that format!


  5. Ana @ Anahera Reads

    I’m not really sure if I want to read this book based on some mixed reviews but thanks for assuring me that those really serious moments and the dreaded dramavalanche are managed well in this book. 🙂 Great review!
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  6. Scott Pilgrim

    It was so unexpectedly awesome and emotional!
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  7. Angelica @ Paperback Princess

    I recently read Eleanor & Park for a Read-along as well…what a coincidence. I’m yet to do my review. It’s harder to do reviews for books that I love than those that I don’t love, love!

    Whilst reading Eleanor & Park I knew the book wasn’t exciting but somehow it was a massive page-turner for me and I loved, loved, loved the book! I absolutely adore Eleanor’s sarcasm and so humorous, I ended up highlighting 6 pages of passages LOL
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  9. The Broken Shelf

    Ooh I can’t wait to read this one!!! It’s been sitting on my kindle patiently waiting for me to read it!
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    1. Octavia

      Ahhh! It’s soooo good! And I am not a fan of contemporary at all!


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