Author- Rainbow Rowell.
Publish date- St. Martin's Press.
(A brief) Synopsis:
Eleanor and Park, they meet and they don't like each other. Eleanor is different and though Park is the only one to offer her a seat on the bus, he does so reluctantly. Park is just like all the others. Neither have any plans to continue the relationship.
What I thought:
An Apology/becoming aware of:
I read this book in the early half of the final quarter of 2013. Not all my more subtle rememberances of it may still be accurately remembered, but I will do what I can because this felt like a book I needed to review. And I'd marked it on my goodreads shelf as "to-review" so you ubnderstand, I hope, where I'm coming from.
Eleanor and Park started off... hmm. I wasn't drawn to it, hadn't been drawn to it the first time I tried to read it, but the difference is that I kept reading. I read when I ate my breakfast and when I walked my rabbit. And, peculiarly, I found I was coming to enjoy the story. Well, I realised that I had been for time time. I kept reading.
For a long, long time I did not like Park- the things he did for Eleanor were nice, sometimes, yes, but he cared too much about how he would be perceived and how things would make him look and that annoyed me. A lot. I warmed to Eleanor quicker, liked her more, for the most part, though never did I care for her character completey. Both I was a little unsure of, I suppose, though when I read I really thought more about what they were doing in that instant, which made my affections fluctuate.
The characters overall were well rounded and all that were explored deeply enough weren't simple a forms: Eleanor didn't have to be likable to be important or a character worthy of attention. Park didn't have to do the right thing in the beginning to do it later.
One thing I do like about Eleanor and Park (the characters) now that I don't know if I picked up on as much when I read it was how each was fierce, unrelenting and scared of things in a very honest way. The things they feel are so wildly different you'd hardly put the two together, but they grow to have one similarity.
From the beauty of the words, delicately picked and presented in a way that makes you feel every meaning, to the bitterness of the hardships Eleanor faces at her home school, Eleanor and Park captivated me. Until... the end.
I liked that last section- was a little puzzled, but liked it as I sighed and closed the book. Then I started thinking about it more. And more. Then I went on overdrive, trying to work out why it was phrased like that, what it if meant something else, this and that until I came to the understanding that the words in the final chapter had taken the beauty of the story from me and stomped on them, and now I find it difficult to recover my old feelings.
Rating: Fluctuated between Hmm..., Oh noo and Ooh, very good/Excellent.
I remember, faintly, the things that were special to me about Eleanor and Park, but the ending has become a huge disappointment, one of gradually growing size and complexity, and I don't know if I could read the book again, knowing that was there.