Eleanor and Park
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Published on: February 26th 2013
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.
Eleanor is shy. Let's just start it at that. She has had a pretty rough life being that her mom is under the control of her very cruel step dad. Which, may I mention, is someone I hate with all my guts. He is a butthole, let's just keep it at that. Eleanor is someone you wouldn't expect to come out this family. She is a very delicate person and I think tends to over think things sometimes. She kind of isn't very confident as well. Reading from her, Eleanor's life was pretty much an unhappy atmosphere and I think that's where she got her unconfident, its-okay-if-you-hate-me personality. Park, on the other hand is a bit different. He is shy and doesn't have a lot of friends. Well, he knows people and people know him but he doesn't have any best friends. I think the fact that they were both basically friendless people helped Eleanor and Park get along better. Park has come from a lot better of a family compared to Eleanor. His parents are both Korean and Caucasian (They are the kind of parents to (still) shamelessly make out. Like, how rare is that?! I have never encountered parents that still treat each other like boyfriend and girlfriend. It's the most beautiful thing ever.) and they aren't as jacked up as Eleanor's family.
Now onto the plot, so as you can guess, Eleanor and Park get together. It's one of those reads; the ones where the ending of the book is clear as water, yet you read it for the meat in the middle. I loved the stuff that went on in the middle of the book. Ahhh, it was so cute. From the parts where they were getting to know each other, to finally dating, then going through bad times, it was a glorious adventure. When people say this is a beautiful story, it truly is. I love the writing, dual perspective, and just how these two very different people were able to find happiness within each other.
Also, the fact that this book was set in the 1980's was cool. Instead of iTunes, they used battery powered music players. There were very small aspects that made this book 1980's setting and I loved the time period this book was set in.
I gave this book 4.5 stars because it was just a beautiful book. I loved the characters and plot, but it was a bit slow for me in the first 50 pages though.