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Book review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Blurb:Β Eleanor & Park on Goodreads

My rating: 4/5

Review:

I am trying so hard to make this a non-spoiler review guys but there are just too many emotions attached to this book that I would like to share with you all. Aah well, this is still going to be a non-spoiler review! πŸ˜‚

If you have readΒ my review on Fangirl by Rainbow RowellΒ you would know that I wasn’t a huge fan of that book. So after that, I kind of went with zero expectations into this one and I don’t know what I feel about it!

The story begins in a school bus. Park sitting at his usual seat, minding his own business not bothered by anything that’s happening around him.And then, Eleanor enters the bus. New girl alert. She’s making heads turn & for all the wrong reasons. Her hair is a big, red fuzz of mess and her outfit is.. well.. a mess too. Now obviously no one is going to offer the weird, new girl the seat next to them, are they?
Park is silently hoping that she wouldn’t come up and sit next to him but of course she does. And that’s where it all begins…

Ah, young love ❀ I love love love how Rainbow Rowell made Eleanor & Park fall slowly in love with each other. I thought that it was completely okay for Park to go from how he initially thought about her (not good thoughts guys) to how he found her hands to be ‘incredibly soft’ πŸ˜€ Because that’s what love does right? It makes you see the person in a completely different light!
I know many people wouldn’t agree with me or this book on this point but really, that’s how love works.
Also, I LOVEDΒ the alternate POV format of the book. It was fast paced, kept the story running & I never caught myself thinking “What might the other character be thinking right now, at this very moment?” cause it was already given in the next para πŸ˜€

Now for the characters:
Park is my absolute favorite. He’s quirky, smart and loyal. He is the sweet guy you’d fall in love with when you actually get to know him. He isn’t super handsome but he’ll swoon you off your feet with his quirky antics. I love how he shared his comics with Eleanor & mixed up a tapes for her just so she could listen to the songs she wanted to (I mean, how cute is that now?)
Eleanor was okay. I love how she didn’t care about what anyone thought about her. I know deep down she did but still, she never showed she gave a shit about anyone. And the way she managed all of her issues back at home, that was impressive. She stood up for herself, for what’s right & I love that about her. Also, she answered Park’s “I love you” with “I know”(Star wars fans, you know what I am talking about πŸ˜‰) I laughed a little too hard at that.
I’m not going any deep into the characters or the story now.

The reason why I don’t know how I exactly feel about this book is because even though I completely fell in love with the characters & could relate to them and their feelings, I couldn’t attach myself to the story-line. As the book was nearing it’s end, I kept wondering why Eleanor did what she was doing. It didn’t have to end this way. It just didn’t. The ending just put me off. No spoilers. You’ll have to read the book to get what I am talking about. Okay nobody dies. In case you were wondering.
I demand a sequel for this book Rainbow!!

Meanwhile, here’s a cute fan-art I found on google. Just so you know how Eleanor & Park look like…

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Picture Courtesy: Google

Until next time,
AΒ πŸ’‹

 

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Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Blurb:Β Fangirl on Goodreads

My rating: 3/5

Review:

Twin sisters who are poles apart. Dysfunctional family. Fan-fiction. Teenage life and College. The story revolves around these themes.

It’s all written from Cath’s (one of the twins) perspective who is obsessed with the main character, Simon snow, of a famous book series based on him. She is shy, nerdy and anti-social unlike her sister, Wren, who is outgoing and friendly.Β She writes fan-fiction related to the book series and is completely involved in the fandom. So much that she doesn’t have time for her actual life and people around her. The following quote from the book sums up Cath’s life perfectly…

Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.

This book doesn’t have much of a plot to it and it’s an easy read. I was slightly disappointed as my expectations were quite high considering all the hype about it. There are snippetsΒ from the Simon Snow book series and Cath’s fan-fiction ‘Carry on, Simon‘ all through the story which gets annoying and repetitive and also gets in the way of the plot. I saw myself skipping through these pages as I got more into the book.

I loved the fact that the author kept the hero, Levi, very realistic. He’s not a jock (Thank god for that) and nor is he super muscular or extremely handsome. He is just like any other college boy who has a job at Starbucks and has trouble with his classes. Β I also love the relationship Cath shared with her dad, how she cared for her sister selflessly and her take on their mother abandoning them when they were little.

There is only this much to the book. The story seemed incomplete and in need of some major touch-ups. The ending was the worst part as it just felt wrong. It just seemed unfinished to me. It couldn’t hold my attention and I wasn’t super excited to get back to reading it after intervals.

Yes, it did make me laugh. It did make me smile. But it didn’t want me to ‘not put it down’ at all. If you know what I mean?
This is a good read if you’re looking for something light to read and you don’t want to put too much thought into the plot or characters.
Until next time,
AΒ πŸ’‹