About the Author:
Rainbow Rowell is an American author of young adult and adult contemporary novels.
About the Book:
Eleanor and Park is a story about two teens who fall in love with each other. They meet each other in school bus on Eleanor’s first day at school. Both the characters in the novel are completely opposite to each other. Sitting together in the bus, sharing comic books and mix tapes, they gradually start liking each other. As days passes, their liking turns into love. But their young love story comes to a pause as they have to bid each other goodbye because of Eleanor’s dramatic family life.
Eleanor’s lives a complicated life because of her step dad. As a kid she goes through child abuse from her step father and also a little because of her mom too. Her mother goes through domestic abuse which becomes a daily routine for Eleanor and her siblings to watch. Due to her healthy body, red curly hair, mismatch outfits she is body shamed and teased in school. The only good thing that happens in Eleanor’s life is Park. He loves her and she loves him. Keeping her fear aside she goes out in the dark to meet him one day, she goes far from her city along with Park for a date, lying that she is going to Tina’s house she would frequently go to Parks house. And then suddenly his step father gets to know about her relationship with Park and he threatens her. Due to fear, she decides to escape to her Uncles house and Park helps her by dropping her at her Uncles place. They bid goodbye to each other. Park keeps sending her post cards and letters but no there is no response in return from Eleanor. When he is about to lose hope he receives a postcard from Eleanor with three words on it. Those three words on the postcard isn’t mentioned in the book.
Though this book is a good read. Its funny, bit emotional, covers some serious topic… but there are many things in the book which is left half unsaid and that is disappointing. Like Parks mom didn’t like Eleanor at first but after seeing her family in mall from distance, she suddenly starts liking Eleanor. Why was Eleanor’s step-father behind her, why he sends her threat messages. Who was the one who bullied Eleanor in the school? Tina who didn’t like Eleanor, why did she help her to escape from her step-father? Why didn’t Eleanor replied to Parks letters, postcard for a long time? There are many things that are half unsaid and I am still finding the answers.
Rating for the Book: 2.5/5
Quotes/Dialogues that I liked:
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
“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.”
“I don’t like you, Park,” she said, sounding for a second like she actually meant it. “I…” – her voice nearly disappeared – “think I live for you.”
“I just want to break that song into pieces and love them all to death.”