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Eleanor & Park Two MisfitsOne Extraordinary LoveEleanor 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 EnoughEleanor 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 PromisesParkSet 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

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    Should I break out in song and dance to Baa, Baa, Black Sheep One lonely star I m just as surprised as you are, considering I just KNEW going into Eleanor Park that I would love it, love it, love it What reason would I have to believe otherwise Almost all of my friends loved this book and have sworn fealty to the Goddess of Feels and Might, Rainbow Rowell And I get it because she is a pretty awesome person and I think she is totally lovely So trust me when I say I REALLY wanted to love this book In fact, I am blindsided that I didn t, saddened that I can t join the Eleanor Park Kool Kidz Fan Club and disappointed at such a disjointed reading experience.Random Reasons Why I Didn t Like This Book 1 The Romance My main issue stems from the romance between Eleanor and Park I just didn t get it Though, that s not for lack of trying because I had many arguments with Adult Me and Teen Me in my brain Teen Me remembers the infatuation of meeting someone exciting and experiencing all those special moments for the first time However, with Eleanor and Park, it was entirely unrealistic and unbelievable.Park went from God Just sit the fuck down, Eleanor to God, she has incredibly soft hands Eleanor went from That stupid Asian kid to He s so pretty I love his hair I want to eat his face The next thing I know, Park is telling Eleanor that he s in love with her, how he can t imagine being without her, that she s IT for him Then Eleanor is telling him she doesn t breathe when she s away from him Adult Me was not on board because the romance moved entirely too swiftly for my feelings to catch up with the events that were taking place No, I take that back Swiftly would indicated that there was some sort of actual pacing involved, but that was absent One day they disliked each other and the next they were holding hands and proclaiming their love I remember listening to that part while I was out on a morning run, and I had to stop and rewind because I legitimately thought I missed an entire chapter But then I realized that I hadn t and I argued with myself Adult Me twitch Teen Me Yeah, but remember when you thought you were in love with that guy and how you were going to marry him Adult Me YesTeen Me So obviously they re not going to be together forever and ever and gallop into the sunset, but you can t discount those feelings Adult Me gumbles I KNOW THAT But I also never wanted to eat a guy s faceTeen Me Please don t tell me I grow up without a heart Adult Me 2 The Historical Background Eleanor Park takes place in Omaha, 1986, where there s racial tension Park is half white and half Korean He spends most of his time trying not to be noticed by other kids at school and struggling with his own insecurities over his mixed heritage Yet, oddly, throughout the entire novel, Park doesn t encounter any racism Apart from a few brief monologuing sessions about his classmates thinking he was Chinese, Eleanor s off hand stupid Asian kid remarks and Park s own dislike for, in his opinion, looking too feminine, there wasn t anything that felt accurate Park s character had so much potential that was not utilized I was hoping for something from his development regarding how he viewed himself and his mother Perhaps a certain level of acceptance or resolve would have been appropriate There were also two black girls who befriend Eleanor, but even they don t seem to face any racism in this predominately white neighborhood It was like Rowell deliberately tip toed around them and instead threw in a reference to the community being offended by a black boy getting a white girl pregnant Strangely, the only one who seemed to get picked on was Eleanor I do think it s awesome that this novel had diversity, something that is sorely missing in YA, but I wasn t buying what Rowell was selling At the same time, Rowell never let you forget that this book was set in the 80s since Eleanor Park is overloaded with pop culture references on almost every other page I admit to chuckling to the 867 5309 reference Still, we also never forgot Park was Asian with Eleanor constantly referencing it in her narration to the point that I started feeling uncomfortable 3 The Narration I wasn t a huge fan of the back and forth narrative and found that it annoyed me than anything This is where I wonder if my rating is an indication of how I felt about the audio vs the actual story I disliked both of the narrator s voices The parts of Eleanor s dialogue that was snarky wasn t portrayed with the right kind of emotion Park s narration was slightly better, but the narrator, Sunil Malhotra, bored me to tears with his monotone reading and unbelievable voice for Eleanor 4 The StoryI ll be honest and admit that it s possible that I didn t get this book It may have just gone way over my head Why Rowell tried to cram a lot of story and situations into one little book and it didn t work for me Before going into Eleanor Park I was told that the ending was heartbreaking, but I didn t feel that at all Rowell relies on Eleanor s grim family life to spark sympathies from readers and I can see how this works and why it s marketed to John Green fans However, the ending relies on your connection to their romance to feel the heartbreak The problem with that was, by the end, I wanted to know what became of Eleanor s mom and siblings, but the focus was instead on her feelings for Park and letting him go Eleanor spent a good amount of the story in this terrible environment, feeling these feelings and when I genuinely wanted to know her feelings about everything, all I get is a freaking post card and the book ends Since the romance was doing absolutely nothing for me, I needed for the plot to come in and rescue this book It did not I m not saying this was a terrible book Not by a long shot It s clear that this story has touched a lot of people and I wouldn t go as far to not recommend it, but I also think this is a bit overhyped I went in with really high expectations, thinking I was going to be blown into next week by the awesome Instead, I m walking away with feelings brewing a special pot of meh Even still, I m holding out hope for FangirlMore reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.

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    Edit 5 19 It s been 6 years since I read this book and it has not aged well This just shows how much we really needed not only diverse books but ownvoices authors, too 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 He closed his eyes and pressed his head back into his pillow I don t think I even breathe when we re not together, she whispered I m disappointed with this one Eleanor Park has enjoyable parts, but the only real difference I can see between this and Pushing the Limits is that the characters in the latter are meant to be hot Which could have been interesting because I ve always preferred reading about the so called freaks, losers and ugly people, but these two books follow the same generic pattern of teen love stories with a whole ton of behind the scenes angsty issues Though this one was less entertaining.It s 1986 Eleanor is the new girl and she is not only genetically made to look like a victim but she does herself no favours by pairing her looks with a bizarre fashion sense Having nowhere to sit on the school bus, she takes a seat next to the clearly reluctant Park Park is half Korean in an extremely white school, but he is given enough respect by the popular kids to help him get by His home life, unlike Eleanor s, is pretty much perfect apart from a bit of badgering by his dad Slowly over time, these two individuals develop a relationship that is formed around stuff like reading comics together and exchanging mix tapes And other nerdy things like Star Wars and Shakespeare which I could easily relate to I think one of the major problems I had with this book is that I failed to get a sense of the attraction between them Their relationship to me seemed suited to friendship than love The progression from reluctant bus partners to friendship was natural in the story, but I then felt that the jump from that to romantic and or sexual feelings was too fast and unbelievable.Not only that, but where I felt the start of their relationship avoided the usual cliches and did something a bit different like the way their relationship begins without them speaking to one another , I felt that once they were together , it quickly dissolved into the usual sweet nothings and thoughts like I ll die if I never see him again after knowing each other for a few weeks This isn t instalove, but it s silliness Or perhaps I really am just a cold hearted, unromantic person And I also didn t like the way chubby Eleanor achieves validation through Park He made her feel like than the sum of her parts I did like the well rounded feel of both characters, though The author gave them many different levels, making them experience a range of emotions in a realistic way I also thought the darker element of this novel were mostly handled well Eleanor s home life is revealed gradually in a frightening way But it does just make it easier to compare this book to Pushing the Limits And I don t like it when serious issues like domestic violence are used to fuel the love angst and create a Romeo and Juliet kind of forbidden love scenario It just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.Eleanor Park will be great hopefully for fans of quirky, nerdy romance stories with an underlying dark angsty side, and for those who love nerdy references If you don t usually like young adult romance and were eying this up as possibly being the book to change all that you ll probably be disappointed It has good parts, but it s not that different from anything else out there.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store

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    If you ve experienced that first love that heart wringing, soul squeezing, crush the air out of your lungs whenever you re apart first love this book will bitch slap your feels all to hell I love it I love its warmth and its vibrancy, its heartache and its pain, its humor, its meanness, the ugliness, the beauty, the crying, the laughter, the sarcasm I love Eleanor and I love Park, and I love that there s still a tiny chance for themand for everyone whose first love was torn away Even if you never see that person again, they change you in ways that no one else will ever understand They will always, always hold that little piece of your heart that no one else will ever be able to touch I love you, Rainbow Rowell, for giving me this Thank you.

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    I ve often said that nobody should write for teens who doesn t remember what it was like to be one Rainbow Rowell remembers, and has captured it beautifully in this book.

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    I want everyone to meet you You re my favorite person of all time. Replace person with book and you know how I feel This book just swept me off my feetWe have Eleanor, Big Red, the new girl in town Her home life is in shambles she s the oldest of her siblings and she s developed enough that her stepfather has started noticing Yes, you read that right We have Park, half Asian in a town full of whites, who s the coolest kid in his school His life is not going to plan his younger brother constantly shows him up, his father is never proud and his mother just doesn t get American high school.One fateful meeting on a crowded bus sparked it all As Eleanor dithered from seat to seat, trying to find a spot when Park takes pity on her Sit down He said it came out angrily The girl turned him like she couldn t tell whether he was another jerk or what Jesus Fuck, Park said softly, nodding to the space next to him, just sit down Definitely NOT a typical YA romance Thank goodness This romance was grounded it was crass in the right sort of way and sweet but not saccharine I loved how love wasn t the end all be all of life Eleanor and Park s romance is the kind that has you clutching the book, kicking your feet and squealing in relief at their happiness No matter what happens, Park said, I love you Audiobook CommentsRead by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra they did an absolutely fabulous job with the narration.Blog Instagram Twitter

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    I should have read Eleanor Park during winter, when it s freezing outside.Because it completely warmed my heart, and it s so hot already, I thought my heart would burst into flames inside my chest.Believe me or not, but I always thought I was immune to the usual young adult romanticism in books You know hand holding, shy smiles and flushed cheeks I didn t think I would ever feel actual butterflies reading a YA contemporary romance book.But I did And it took me by such surprise that at first I didn t even know what it was What Can a book really have this kind of effect on a human being Well, I have my answer now.Eleanor Park It s like they re the main reason why the word love exists They symbolize true love It s not dirty, or sickening, or lustful or manipulative It s like two angels fell in love and you can see a halo above their heads and all you can think is God, I wish them forever If they can last, then maybe there is hope for the rest of us, and then you can t help but cry.I wanted to lock the characters some place safe where they could be together, forever protected from the looming danger in the world.Oh god, I can t believe it took me this long to read Eleanor Park.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

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    You can find the full review and about this book on my blog ____________________________________________ 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 ____________________________________________ 5 PERFECT STARS You can find the full review and about this book on my blog I never read contemporary books I have read like 4 maybe till now and didn t really like them Anyway I decided to give this book a try, because if you haven t notice, this book is greatly rated here on Goodreads And believe me, the hype is real This was so worth the time, for a hundred reasons.____________________________________________ Holding Eleanor s hand was like holding a butterfly Or a heartbeat Like holding something complete, and completely alive ____________________________________________ Halfway through the book,I realized that Park is me,beside the Asian and the eyeliner,he is completely me.My favorite bands are Joy Division and The Smiths,and also I dig comics so much.So it was like reading about my life, like my wannabe life.____________________________________________ I want everyone to meet you You re my favorite person of all time ____________________________________________ I liked this book,and not because of the romance,I never like the books based on their romance.Because it was peaceful and wild and sad and beautiful and the same time.And it made me want to read ,made me search for a sequel,made me think a lot after I finished,made me happy,like entirely happy.____________________________________________ 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 didn t like the ending,I loved it.It was predictable at some points,at least for me,but still so freaking beautiful.And am I the only one who wants a sequel,of what will happen with them after the end I think it would be awesome,like the best surprise we could get.So Rainbow,write one ____________________________________________ I just want to break that song into pieces and love them all to death ____________________________________________ I highly recommend this book to you,even if you don t like books,read it Pictures from the review are not mine, I took them mostly from Google images or Tumblr

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    I fully admit that I m a sucky book reviewer This book for me was so personal that this review is just for me Eleanor is just that girl The weird one that people pick on Who knows exactly why She doesn t stand up for herself, she doesn t fight back I was that girl This is me my 10th grade year If this book had been around then I would have completely worn the pages out As it is I feel like highlighting and just re reading the thing until it falls apart.Talking about Romeo and Juliet Eleanor s comments were It was Oh my God, he s so cute at first site It s Shakespeare making fun of love Exactly.I hated PE class That was the worst time of my school life Not because I didn t want to participate..that s just when the mean girls boys were the worst I m going to tell Mrs Burt that my mom doesn t want me to do anything that might rupture my hymen For religious reasons I can t tell you how many notes I forged in my mom s name and how creative I was in those reasons.Park s thoughts on Eleanor at one time He couldn t figure out why it upset her so much Sometimes, it seemed like she was trying to hide everything that was pretty about her Like she wanted to look ugly Believe me..you do get to that point You don t really understand why Your mind just completely gets to the point where if everyone else thinks badly about you, so do you.I never had my Park I did have friends But I can remember when the teasing started that I could see the embarrassment on their faces too You hate to see that but it happens I don t think worse of them now It just happened I ended up leaving home at age 15 I went out on my own and met new people and guess what I wasn t judged like I had been in middle and high school I realized it was just that group of people I can be included in groups of people and liked for who I am My daughter faced some bullying last year at school Not because of what she looked like or wore she is beautiful She was picked on because she stood up to the bullies that were picking on a friend of hers So I did learn something from my teen years I raised someone who just won t stand for it.And now me I m the queen bitch of you piss me off and I ll tear your arm off and beat you with it well in words anyways Remember guys and girls What doesn t kill you makes you strong as hell.

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    READ THIS QUOTE, MY ROMANTIC HEARTED FOOLSREAD IT AND LET YOUR HEART GO PITTER PAT 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 He closed his eyes and pressed his head back into his pillow I don t think I even breathe when we re not together, she whispered Which means, when I see you on Monday morning, it s been like sixty hours since I ve taken a breath That s probably why I m so crabby, and why I snap at you All I do when we re apart is think about you, and all I do when we re together is panic Because every second feels so important And because I m so out of control, I can t help myself I m not even mine any, I m yours, and what if you decide that you don t want me How could you want me like I want you He was quiet He wanted everything she d just said to be the last thing he heard He wanted to fall asleep with I want you in his ears The setting 1986I was five years old, but I do remember random tidbits of the eightiesmemories mostly accompanied by a cringe But not here This story was perfection I think I liked it even better than Fangirl, simply because it was dramatic and poignant Eleanor and Park the people stole my breath.The initial story starts out with Eleanor, the new girl in school, getting on the bus for the first time and having no place to sit Everyone is staring, no one helps her out, including Park Finally, Park caves in and scoots over so that she can sit down, but he does it grudgingly, almost angry with the stupid redheaded girl in the frumpy man clothes who made such a spectacle of herself Over the next weeks, these two go from pointedly ignoring each other to a reluctant yet silent cameraderie, bonding on the bus over Park s comic books and eventually music Once their silence is broken, the floodgates sort of open, and they become fascinated with one another.The dual point of view here quite literally MADE THIS STORY Being in Park s head as well as Eleanor s was paramount to my enjoyment Park has a romantic soul, made evident by the way he thinks of his Eleanor, the way he goes from train wreck curiosity to utter fascination and adoration with the awkward girl with so many secretshe stole my heart 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 These characters are uniqueso new and fresh, the word has been reinvented Eleanor comes from a broken homequite literally, her home is broken Her parents, both not so great to begin with, are divorced Her mom remarried a man who loves to drink and loves to bullyand bully he does, but he does so much Eleanor s back story is one to make me feel like the world s best mom quite simply because I could never allow what happened to her to happen to my daughters And yeahher mom ALLOWS this bastard to treat Eleanor like trash, allows her daughter to be left alone and scared, without the support and love that a parent owes their children Park, on the other hand, has a wonderful home life His Dad met his Mom in Korea, married her and brought her home They still kiss and hold each other like they haven t seen each other in months They are simply adorable, and no matter how Park rolls his eyes, the reader can tell that his parent s love for each other gives Park a wonderful sense of security that he absolutely takes for grantedas kids really should be able to.It takes awhile for Park to realize what kind of life Eleanor is leading My girlfriend is sad and quiet and keeps me up all night worrying about her It seemed to me that this high school love story is one of the few that I can actually see continuing on through the years and becoming The bond between Eleanor and Park is already so deep, so strong Nothing will keep them apart They are young but they are realistic They are also made for each other, and though Eleanor seems to be skeptical, I know that deep down, she wants this to be a forever kind of thing than any other wish in the world, aside from her tragic circumstances, against all of the odds, she just wants Park Nothing was dirty With Park.Nothing could be shameful.Because Park was the sun, and that was the only way Eleanor could think to explain it This goes down as one of my favorite books of 2013, and Park goes onto my favorite heroes shelf Because he is the best kind of herothe one who saves his girl against all odds, who fights against the world because of his devotion I loved this story with all my heart It was just beautiful Recommended read for everyone.

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