Eleanor & Park - YA Review by Claire W

Reader: Claire W
Age: 12
Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: 02/26/13
Galley: No
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: There wasn't much dialogue but there didn't need to be - you were able to know Park's and Eleanor's thoughts and they talked with there eyes a lot. I wish you were able to know more about Richie and Eleanor's biological father. I feel that if you knew more about Richie the plot would be richer. There wasn't a big problem that Park and Eleanor needed to overcome - it was many little ones that didn't seem very big at the time. But I think that made the plot more interesting because you couldn't predict the outcome because you couldn't predict the problems.
Memorable or Forgettable: It was a love story that, on one hand you had heard before, but it had so many twists and turns that it kept me wanting more. I was not in love with the ending but not every book can be a happy ending. It was riveting that two young people that were so so so different could be so deeply in love. And not sappy love - real and true love that you usually don't see in High School.
Cover: Truthfully I didn't see the cover before I read the back. But the cover was very well done and almost was like a summary for the book itself. I wouldn't change it one bit. I really like how the headphone cords connect to make the ampersand. It was really cute but not cheesy.
Age Range: 12 through 15
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Additional Comments: I really hope this book is a best seller. It is great and deserves to be recognized.
Annotation: Eleanor has always been the odd girl out. Even when she is home with her family. Now her family is more messed up then ever. Her mom refuses to leave a marriage that is only making things worse and Eleanor's step dad hates her. Park is only cool because of the past but he never feels like he fits in either. Everything changes when he meets Eleanor. She is so different from any other girl he has met. Eleanor feels the same way about Park. But not everyone approves of the relationship.

tags: romance / abuse / bullying / BFYA nominee / ya lit

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