Buddy Read with Ruby from Feed Me Books Now, snippet of her review below.
Set in the 80's, Eleanor and Park is the story of a unlikely relationship between two people who couldn't be more different. Eleanor is a outcast who just doesn't fit in with the rules of society that are harshly thrown at her and Park is the boy who doesn't fit in but doesn't stand out. The two find themselves sitting next to each other on the bus each day and suddenly the awkward glances and cold silences are swapped with comic book reading and hand holding. Eleanor and Park is a bewitching novel with a simply beautiful romance not to be missed!
This book made me feel things. From the beautiful romance to the sad home life of Eleanor and the ending that will forever have me curious. Rainbow Rowell is author I need to read more of. She captured the 80's like a Polaroid picture come to life. The thing about this novel that for me made it so special was the romance. And although they were very different and not your stereotypical pairing they shared a really strong connection. They didn't have very high opinions of each other at first but it turned into this loving, understanding and accepting relationship and we don't see many of those these days. I think that we got to know and cherish the characters through their relationship which brought out their strengths and within that they discovered a lot about themselves.
Eleanor and Park is a book I know John Green fans would love as they both have the same sort of humorous writing style. It has a nice pacing and I felt connected with the characters and sympathised deeply with Eleanor. Eleanor was constantly bullied at school and at home things were even worse. She was her own person and while her vulnerabilities where sometimes frustrating, I felt so bad for her. Some of the things done to her were horrible and I just wanted her to... I don't know, stand up for herself I guess.
The ending was quite unexpected and left things unanswered. Whilst it was sad and in some aspects realistic (If you've read it you must be thinking realistic? how?, I would explain but I can't spoiler free) it felt a bit rushed to me. Eleanor and Park I had high hopes for because it just sounded like my type of book and I'd only heard good things. So when Ruby and I decided to read it together (sadly my copy didn't have the gorgeous cover shown above) I was thrilled and it definitely wasn't a disappointment. I hope you enjoyed my review but you are now very much obligated to read Ruby's fabulous review which I am sure will do better justice to this awesome read then I can. Here's a snippet of her's please do check it out!
"Books are mostly written to make you, the reader, feel things; maybe the author wants to make you laugh, or maybe they want to make you cry, sometimes they just want you to think... but with Eleanor & Park, it seems more complicated than that. Whilst the novel is funny and sad, as well as shocking, it also arouses a certain sense of nostalgia in the reader, and I, even though I'm not sure why or how, felt like I was reading hazy memory of some foggy description. And, at some points, I felt as if there was a muffled mix tape playing in my head as I was reading this... perhaps, a song by the amazing Joy Division or The Smiths? Rainbow Rowell managed to evoke so many feelings within me, as well as paint a vivid picture of the time this novel was set during."
Read Ruby's full review here