Eleanor & Park is an adorable and heart-wrenching coming-of-age story and sweet love story between two misfits, but it’s not one of Rainbow Rowell’s best books.
This is a cute and fluffy YA contemporary read but that also has a lot of serious moments with child abuse and negligence. My heart went out for both Eleanor and Park while reading this book. They both had so much to struggle with, especially Eleanor with her horrible home life and her mother, and her own appearance. I also really loved the pop references and that the book took place in the 80s.
I am not sure how I feel about the ending though, I both love it and hate it… I think the book would have benefited from a more bombastic ending somehow. All the time while reading, I kind of waited for something more or bigger to happen. It was a gripping story, but it never blew me away the way Rainbow Rowell’s book normally does.
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