Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


Eleanor is the new girl at school, awkward with bright red hair. Park is the quiet Asian boy who does everything he can to avoid attention being on him. Eleanor and Park end up sat together in silence on the school bus until they discover their mutual admiration for comics and music and their wall of silence is broken. Neither of them expects to propelled into their first love when they first lay eyes on each other, but as their imperfect worlds start to intertwine the unexpected becomes reality.

This was the first book by Rainbow Rowell I had read and I was expecting to find it average at best after Chelsea's husband said he couldn't get into it. However, I was in a good stride of reading and decided to keep it up and read this even if it took me forever. It didn't. Although I find YA stories fairly predictable, I'm a massive sucker for reading them.

One of the main reasons I really enjoyed this book is because it switches narrative so often so the romance isn't just one sided and you're not left guessing how the other character feels. You get a real insight into both the characters lives and get to love them as individuals and together.

Whilst, in my opinion, this isn't necessarily a book that I would rush to pick up again anytime soon, it was still a good read and I'm glad I didn't pass it off before giving it a go. If you enjoy books like The Fault In Our Stars or All The Bright Places, then you will enjoy this book.

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