Monday, July 27, 2015

Collaboreads: Eleanor & Park

I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to join in with Mr. Thomas and Me and Rachel A. Dawson for Collaboreads (you can learn more about Collaboreads here).  The criteria for this month's book selection was "a book with someone's name in the title."  I chose Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  This book has been on my reading list for a while.  I think I read a good review of it somewhere, and liked the cover (always a good reason to read a book), but I don't completely remember.  For whatever reason, I stored it away on my mental reading list and forgot about it until coming across it at the local library.  Eleanor and Park follows the relationship between two misfit high school students in the 1980's.  It was surprisingly delightful and an easy read, a perfect book for the beach. 


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What part of the book could you not get enough of? 
While I'm not generally drawn to love stories, the sweetness of this one kept my attention.  Riveting may not be the right word for it, but I loved reading of the interactions between Park and Eleanor and between Park's parents.  Rowell pulled me in with her descriptions of the clumsy interactions, and the butterflies bound to be present in any teenage romance.  The climactic finish to the novel, where Eleanor finds herself in a very difficult situation was very riveting, but I won't give that away.  


How did you relate to/care for the characters?  What's your thought on the plot line and twists and turns?  
In some ways I was able to relate to Park more than Eleanor.  Park, while a little different from his family, is from a more traditional family that really cares for one another and has given Park a good example of a loving relationship.  But I felt more for Eleanor.  She is very much an angst-filled teenage girl, not yet comfortable in her own skin, and assaulted by bullies and a rough home life.  They are both misfits, and yet each so different. 


What other books are like this one?  If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with it's themes and characters?  Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now?
Eleanor & Park being a young adult love story reminds me of so many young adult novels but the pair of misfits and all of their emotions definitely reminded me of Perks of Being a Wallflower. 


You know you judged this book by the cover.  What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages? 
I love the cover of this book, and if you check out this book on Goodreads, you will see that I'm not alone.  There is so much fan art based on the cover as well as discussions on who would best portray the characters in a movie adaptation.  I mentioned before, the cover drew me in.  It's a youthful cover, with a drawing of Eleanor and Park listening to music together.  The drawing fits the story well, you could totally see the two sitting side by side on the bus, bonding over comics and music.   


How many out of five do you give this book?  Would you recommend this book to a friend? 
I would give Eleanor & Park 4.5/5 stars.  It is an easy ready perfect for anyone who enjoys young adult novels.  

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  1. I have this book on my shelf - a fellow blogger sent it to me as part of a book swap. I really need to read it! I read Landline and really enjoyed it, so I can't wait to check this one out. :) Thanks for sharing!

    1. This my first Rainbow Rowell book, but I've heard good things about Landline. Thanks for reading!

  2. This is the book I chose for Collaboreads this month, too! I adored it. If you haven't read anything else by Rainbow Rowell, I highly recommend Landline. It was the first book I read by her and I love it almost as much as E&P.

    1. This was such a good book! I'm planning on reading Landline next, the synopsis sounds really good!

  3. I LOVED this book. I cried so hard at the end... it made me so happy, but so, so sad. Craziness! It was one of the better love stories that I had read in a while.

    1. I feel you, the sweetness of this love story just melted my heart!

  4. sooooo I own this. And I love Rainbow Rowell. And now I feel like I need to go read it because light summer reading is EXACTLY what I need. :)

    I think it's so interesting that you identified more with Park then with Eleanor... I want to read just to know which one I identify with!

    Also, Attachments by Rowell is AMAZING. It was the first I read of hers and LOVED.

    1. You should, it's so good! I'll have to read Attachments; I really loved her writing style!

  5. I've been meaning to read this one for ages! I can't wait to get my hands on it now :) so glad you joined in for #collaboreads!