Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)

I did not DNF this and I don’t know if I regret it but I sure am disappointed. I wanted to DNF this book at so many instances but I just kept giving it chances. Like I didn’t particularly like the characters. I didn’t particularly enjoy the changing point of views whenever it was done too frequently after too few sentences. I didn’t. But I liked what was happening to the characters. I liked the situations they were put in. They were deep in shit with all their insecurities, all their family issues and I was excited for all the possibilities.

And I was disappointed.



Synopsis: Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

I mean it’s not a bad book by all means. But it was boring and too… one toned? It was so mellow the entire time. Like Eleanor has a shitty ass family that’s capable of crazy but everything is so mellow – apart from the one time, the stepdad shot his gun to scare away some kids and Eleanor called the police. In retrospect, this scene just makes me more annoyed. The step dad is batshitcrazy. This scene obviously shows that. I’m expecting all hell to break loose between the step dad and Eleanor, but no. He almost did, but no.

There are so many almost plot points that could have made this book exciting, but no.

The story could have been more daring. Like I wish the characters were pushed to a point where they were forced to be daring, forced to fight back. Park kinda stood up for Eleanor and I liked that scene, but all this freaking time, I’m waiting for Eleanor to stand up for herself. And I’m still waiting.

That’s it. That’s my review. I can’t. I’m tired.

I mean there’s nothing inherently wrong with the book. It just grazes over the surface of so many issues trying not to get itself into deep shit. I think it’s a slow, mellow, (relatively) sweet book… where something happens but nothing happens at the same time.




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