Another one by Rainbow Rowell after Fangirl! Rainbow Rowell’s work is a good contrasting option to read after mammoth Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami! And almost everyone has read it by now except me, it seems.
Two teenagers in 1980’s, who are both misfits, like each other and fall in love slowly, gradually! That’s more or less about the book in one sentence. Eleanor,a red-head girl always dressed up like a boy, comes from an unhappy family with an abusive step-father and is ridiculed by everyone at school. Park, a Korean teenager, brings solace in her life, when he offers her to sit near him in the school bus. Silent bus rides initially, Park sharing music and comics with Eleanor, awkward glances, random talks… This is how the love blossoms. And they realise, they are made for each other. Rather, become ‘favourite person of all the time’ for each other in Rowell’s words!
Sounds pretty ‘teenagish’. Well, so it is; in it’s heart and soul! And there are quite a lot of so-called ‘cute’ lines in there (see end of the review)! I don’t think I share other readers’ sentiments about this one when they claim really loving it. An easy read and maybe easier to forget in sometime.. that’s what it is for me. No regrets reading it though! Some will love it for it’s teenagish touch and feeling while others will be grouchy!
Narrated by Eleanor and Park in short bursts, you get to be in both their heads in rapid succession and made it interesting, atleast for me. I was disappointed by the denouement though, would have worked better for me if it was a defined happy ending.
Would I recommend it? If you don’t mind reading YA romances once in a while and don’t want to miss out half of the world is raving about, read it! Beware of some of the lovey-dovey things, I couldn’t stop smiling. Samples?
“Because Park was the sun, and that was the only way Eleanor could think to explain it.”
“He wound the scarf around his fingers until her hand was hanging in the space between them.
Then he slid the silk and his fingers into her open palm.
And Eleanor disintegrated.”
and the most hillarious of all…
“Maybe Park had paralyzed her with his ninja magic, his Vulcan handhold, and now he was going to eat her.
That would be awesome.”
By any chance, if you have some expectations about comparing Eleanor & Park with ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, they are very very different!
Some quotes/ cute lines:
“Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”
“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.”
“He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.”
“I don’t like you, Park. Sometimes I think I live for you”
“Art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”