Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My review : Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park
Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

... 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.

                  My Thoughts:

 Reading "Eleanor and Park" was one of the reasons why I love the Young Adult genre! I was amazed how Ms. Rainbow Rowell can put every goodness and awesomeness  into words and squeezed to a 325 page-book. It was such  a beautiful  surprise!

I know I read a very good book when these things happen:

1. asdfghgjfkkf! <------ You'll find something like this on my review. Yep, that's Me...lost for words!  So, this book? asdfhgkhhlgf!

2. I got these reactions from page one to last page !
---Smiling but teary eyed? Yes , Eleanor ..god. Eleanor's crappy , sh*tty situation tugged..pinched my heart , I got weepy. The family she had, god. With an abusive step dad. ( Oh ! I HATE him !!) ... That did not even stopped there because at school? She was bullied and called with names that  will drain any morale you have! .....And Eleanor endured...ENDURED it all. That girl. That Eleanor girl...I just love her!

 When she met another misfit named Park Sheridan, oh, it did not start like what our normal "love at first sight" thing... it was not even close. In fact, the reclusive Park tried to ignore her...but how can he? When  this RED spectacle have nowhere to sit but beside him? ..And that's the beginning of everything!  You can call it destiny...fate. I call it... asdgfhjghk!

3. I  really get myself  into the really into both Eleanor and Park's mind. I felt every single emotion and it was ....everything was perfect! Ms. Rowell captured the essence of what young love is all about. The awkwardness, the confusion.... everything was so real !

Speaking of young love, sweet love??? Oh my geeeezzz! I have never felt so excited over "holding hands" like I did for Eleanor and Park!  Holding hands? It's not even a kiss?! Yes... because of this:

" Holding Eleanor's hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive."

"Disintegrated. Like something had gone wrong beaming her onto the Starship Enterprise. If you've ever wondered what that feels like , it's a lot like melting - but more violent." 

See??? INTENSE! And it's not even kissing!!!!  Hmmm, now you are curious??? You gotta read this one, yourself!

4. There's a burst of freshness and honesty  ....and spontaneity  every now and then. I got mixed reactions  , I giggled, swooned, laughed, cried and  much , much more.  A page turner  plus  an emotion-stirrer? what could be better??

“Damn, damn, damn," she said. "I never said why I like you, and now I have to go."
"That's okay," he said.
"It's because you're kind," she said. "And because you get all my jokes..."
"Okay." He laughed.
"And you're smarter than I am."
"I am not."
"And you look like a protagonist." She was talking as fast as she could think. "You look like the person who wins in the end. You're so pretty, and so good. You have magic eyes," she whispered. "And you make me feel like a cannibal."
"You're crazy."
"I have to go." She leaned over so the receiver was close to the base.
"Eleanor - wait," Park said. She could hear her dad in the kitchen and her heartbeat everywhere. 
"Eleanor - wait - I love you.."

Me? Eeeeeeeeeeeppppppp!!!!! It's cuuuuuute!!!!!    That's one crazy way  of declaring love?!!!  I love it!!!

5. The ending was just.....Ooooh? what was that? 

" Eleanor hasn't written him a letter, it was a postcard. Just three words long."

...and what follows after that? I wish I know. I wish I knew.  Maybe, Ms. Rowell just want me to figure it out? Oh, I figured it out... and I was smiling right now with tears in my eyes...

              I'm giving this book:

             5 Amazing Misfit Stars!

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