Life After Eleanor & Park (Book Review And Raving)

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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

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

Where do I start?  

(1) I like Eleanor & Park because they are not your typical drop dead gorgeous fictional character, but are two awkward adolescent kids whose lives aren't perfect, but feels perfect whenever they're together.

(2) I like it because they did not start in the common love at first sight kind of story, but eventually became aware of each others presence, until such time that they can't seem to live without the other.  Things happened gradually that I feel like I was there every step of their journey.

(3) Everything is normal; not all bliss, not too messy. Through it all, they just chose to be together.

(4) Even in all the cheesiness, it is not an awkward and boring story, it does not exaggerate---at least not for me. How Eleanor & Park were feeling, what they were thinking, they're all real and honest (come on, we've all been there).

(5) Eleanor & Park were just pubescent, but they've got depth, they discover life as it is, and experience love and everything that came with it in it's rawness and depth.

(6) 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 they will be together in the end.

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

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. 



Perfect 5

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.