Life After Eleanor & Park (Book Review And Raving)

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Life After Eleanor & Park (Book Review And Raving)

Life After Eleanor & Park (Book Review And Raving)

He just didn't recognize all those other girls. The way a computer drive will spit out a disk if it doesn't recognize the formatting. When he touched Eleanor's hand, he recognized her. He knew. 
-Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

Ahhh, Eleanor & Park.

Where do I start? 

You know that feeling when you meet people who gives you a daily dose of happy hormones? 

Meeting the flawed adorable characters Eleanor & Park feels like that.

Life is never the same after reading a book, especially a book as good as Eleanor & Park. 

More than just giving a review, this is me raving. 

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Life After Eleanor & Park (Book Review and Raving)

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

1. Not your typical characters

I like Eleanor & Park because they are not your typical drop dead gorgeous fictional character. 

They're two awkward adolescent kids whose lives aren't perfect. But everything feels perfect whenever they're together.

2. Slow and natural

I like it because Eleanor & Park did not start in the common boy-meets-girl plot. It was slow and organic. 

They eventually became aware of each others presence until such time that they can't seem to live without the other. 

I feel like I was there every step of their journey.

3. Eleanor & Park are relatable

Everything is normal. Their story is not all bliss, not too messy. 

Just the normal relatable things people their age go through. 

Whatever situation they're in, they just chose to be together.

4. Not too much

Even in all the cheesiness, it is not an awkward and boring story. It doesn't exaggerate. 

How Eleanor & Park were feeling, what they were thinking, they're all real and honest. We've all been there.

5. Characters with depth

Eleanor & Park may be pubescents, but they're deep. They're discovering and experiencing life and love, and learning their lessons. 

You know they'll grow into wise adults.

6. A beautiful ending

I love the way it ended. It's one of those open-ended stories that does not piss you off or keeps you guessing. 

You know. You just know in your heart that they will be together in the end.


You'll never underestimate and look at young love the same way again.  

Like other book characters I came to know and cherish, Eleanor & Park will always occupy a special space in my heart, and they will keep on living (and driving each other crazy) in my head. 

Life after Eleanor & Park? It goes on yes, but it's never the same again. Sigh.

See also:
Book Review: Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)


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  1. I'll be looking into Eleanor and Park. Sounds like a great read.