Review by Norma: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and ParkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date read:  December 31, 2016 to January 2, 2017

I remember my first love and boy does this bring back some memories! ELEANOR AND PARK by RAINBOW ROWELL is a feel-good story containing some heavy material which was sometimes an emotional read. Definitely worth another 5-star rating from me. My first 5-star read of 2017!

The copy that I have is an Exclusive Collector’s Edition with fan art. The art is featured on the endpapers and is quite complimentary to Eleanor and Park and helps to envision the characters and the mood of the book. Very nice touch!!!

This book was chosen to read by me solely on who the author was. Cover, title and synopsis did not come into play on this read. Usually I go into a book blind so the synopsis of a book doesn’t necessarily come into play in most of my reviews. That is why I usually don’t do a summary of the plot.

I thought that the cover and title of this book was very fitting and complimentary to the characters and the setting of this novel. I don’t read very many young adult books as I sometimes fear that the story can have a more juvenile feel to it but that was not the case here. I was really impressed with the way that RAINBOW ROWELL delivered this story as it flowed really well and was very realistic depicting the story about young love. It was an honest and believable portrayal of teenagers first love which was well written and executed with addicting dialogue.

The story was told in alternating voices of Eleanor and Park and I was totally caught up in both of their stories. They were both likeable and enjoyable characters with each of them having their own quirky ways to them which made it a fun read. Special mention to Park’s mom as she was such a cute addition to this story!

I can’t say that I was totally full-filled with the ending as it was an open to your own interpretation but I think that the author might re-visit these characters in the future. I am hoping so anyway!

To wrap it all up it was a feel-good and fun read which was entertaining, enjoyable, quick and easy to follow along, and a fast-paced read. Would recommend!!