17. sij 2014.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


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My rating: 5++

Book summary:
"TWO MISFITS. ONE EXTRAORDINARY LOVE. 
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."
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18224374-eleanor-park

 "I want everyone to meet you. You're my favorite person of all time."
      Yes, I want everyone to meet this beautiful book. Everyone! After I finished reading Fangirl, I had to get my hands on all books written by Rainbow Rowell. I've started Eleanor and Park the very next morning. If you'd ask me which one of this two I like more, I wouldn't know what to tell you. Both of them have that special something, fairy dust all of our favorite books sprinkle all around them.

      This novel is completely different from Fangirl. That is a good thing in my world. I don't like authors who are constantly writing books with similar characters and story. If you had read one, it's as if you read them all. Rainbow Rowell is not one of those authors (I'm reading Attachments currently and it is whole other category, I'm even wondering if it's written by the same person).

      I absolutely adore setting of Eleanor & Park - everything happens in 1986. - and don't even let me start with the music: The Smiths, The Joy Division, U2... Walkmens! Yes, I used to have one of those. Making mixtapes was a big deal and it took a lot of time. I still have few tapes somewhere in the apartment.

     But the most captivating part of this story are main characters, Eleanor - overweight and awkward new girl, and Park - part Korean and part Irish boy with great music taste.
 “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.”
      This is not a story about a boy and a girl who fall in love at a first sight. This is not a story about fat girl who fights a social stereotypes in her school and in the end changes the way everyone thinks about her. But also, Eleanor & Park is not another story about bulling. Not completely. Main focus is somewhere else and it is so honest and real. Eleanor has some issues with the way she looks but she still knows what she wants, who she is and she doesn't try to fit in. She just is. Park is fighting with his identity - being Korean is what defines him where ever he goes, but he doesn't even know what does it mean to be Korean. Along with family problems, great music and epic make out sessions, this novel will keep you on the edge until the very end. I really hope that Rainbow Rowell won't get into the all too familiar trap of writing sequels. This story should stay just the way it is and she should write new stories.

     Eleanor & Park goes just after Fangirl on the list of my favorites. Thank you, Rainbow, for giving us your stories.

 Happy reading,

Broj komentara: 18:

  1. I bought this one after reading Fangirl and I am excited to start it!

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  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Glass! It didn't quite work out for me, though I've loved Rowell's other novels. Still, I think this one was just a bit too romantic for me, but I know most readers loved this one and I'm glad to see you're one of them! :)

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  3. I desperately need to buy this book. But I want the hardcover version and I don't have the money for it this month. D: D: D: I'm so glad to hear you liked it, because I have read Fangirl and I super enjoyed that one!

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  4. I wasn't a huge fan of this one--the characters didn't work too well for me however I'm glad you liked it, Glass!

    Brilliant review! <33

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  5. I have heard such good things about this one. Glad you enjoyed

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  6. Honest and real are perfect words to describe this book. I adored it too! Especially Park! <3

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  7. I am dying to read this one!! I bought a copy last year, but I still need to open it up. hah I'm so glad you really loved the book and the author!

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  8. I have this scheduled for March. I am reading it because I adored Fangirl and I recently read that it is being banned in some schools. I can't wait to dive in and meet these characters!

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  9. YAY! I'm so thrilled to hear Eleanor & Park made such a wonderful impression on you! I loved this book fiercely and I love how real and beautiful their relationship was, and how nothing was dressed up or overly pretty, but it still shone so brightly. Beautiful review!

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  10. Lovely review, Glass. The 80s is such a fun period especially some of the music. I hate the hairstyles and I fell victim to a few! I even have photos with some unfortunate hairstyle choices *sigh* it's always the hair. :)

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  11. gorgeous, i love how different her plots sound. I love the wide array of characters. I am going to really need to pick up Fangirl and start from there.

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  12. I was the opposite, I read E&P before Fangirl :) The open ending on this one kind of put me off but you've got to love the way she writes her characters!

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  13. Wonderful review, I love when a book(s), author make you this passionate Glass, it is a book high I chase daily!

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  14. Gahhh I have seen so many wonderful reviews for this book and they all make me want to read it as soon as possible. Great review!

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  15. Exactly! The author is so diverse in her stories, I enjoyed both E&P and Fangirl, though if I had to pick one, E&P is my book!!! This was my first RR read so naturally I would love it more, but also it was about 2 unconventional main characters that no one writs about. I loved that the author too a chance and hell yeah, succeed in it! I bought Attachments this month and I can't wait to read that either. I'm really looking forward to see what you think of it. Great review, Glass! :)

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  16. I did think it was honest and I loved the setting as well, though.. I didn't love this book at all :'( I'll say all the why's in my review (which will be up sometime next month I think. I don't know what went wrong for me. I do understand where you're coming from, but.. Ehh. This was so not my book so we'll just have to agree to disagree on this pretty :(

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  17. "Both of them have that special something, fairy dust all of our favorite books sprinkle all around them." Your choice of words, my friend, is truly magical! This book has been praised by everyone who has read it and I can't wait to get to it myself. I remember the walkman days and it's good to know that Eleanor and Park has instantly become one of your favourite reads. This is such an amazing review, Glass! I loved reading every bit of it. Thank you for sharing such beautiful words!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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  18. Some of my friends like E&P, some others think this book is overrated. Unfortunately, I have same taste like their. So... I still confused to read this.

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