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This by far is one of my favorite books. I was not able to put it down. I offer this book to many of my friends to read and I have gotten all good reviews back on it. It is a book I can read over and over. The way Rainbow Rowell writes makes the book so much better to read. If you haven't read this book, please go buy it.
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This has got to be one of my favorite books. Being both a book and music junkie, I especially loved the part where it shows Eleanor and Park both listening to "How Soon is Now?". They both heard the lyrics differently and I feel that it really represented who they were as a person. Where Park heard "I am the son and the heir", Eleanor heard "I am the sun and the air". One has a family and will grow with the family name while the other feels disconnected from family but is bright and is sort of floating away from everything. At least that's how I percieved it as.
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- Joined: 11 Nov 2016, 20:10
- Currently Reading: Of Neptune
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From the very first time I had picked up the book, something just didn't feel right. The book was so promising for me, I had been waiting for months to buy the book and read it and when I read it, it was just... dissapointing. I know that most of you love the book but I just couldn't get anywhere with the two main characters. Their love didn't feel natural, it felt a little bit forced, and maybe like Park was starting to develop feelings for Eleanor because of compunction. However, I was still trying to talk myself into liking this book, without any success whatsoever. And the ending did not help at all. There are books in which cliff-hangers are exciting, they move your imagination and you get a clear vision on the characters future even without a sequel to the book. This was NOT the case with Eleanor & Park. I felt like it needed clarifing, you have no idea about what's coming next and I think it was missing at least an Epilogue. The negative things just added up and I ended the book with a sour taste in my mouth and the feeling of wasting my time while reading it.
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- Joined: 02 Dec 2016, 11:27
- Currently Reading: The Underground Railroad
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As a high school librarian, I read an enormous number of YA novels each school year. Eleanor & Park was definitely my favorite of 2013, and I've recommended it to many, many students since. I loved the characters themselves and how they slowly, shyly connected over a shared love of comics. I loved that they were an unexpected pair, but not in the typical "tough boy and smart girl" or "jock/cheerleader and science nerd" scenario of lots of teen fiction. I especially loved the 1980s setting. I didn't mind the ambiguous ending--I liked that it was realistic and not a neatly wrapped-up romance. I really enjoyed Rowell's Fangirl as well, but Eleanor & Park was really special.
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- Currently Reading: The Heir
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I loved this book so much and really loved Eleanor until the end. The ending KILLED me
probably one of the saddest ways I've felt after completing a book, and I'm still so very lost. I feel it did depict a really real thing occurring though with the treatment from the stepfather. Besides that since I finished eons ago I can't wait to go on another journey reading Rainbow's writing with Fangirl.
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- Latest Review: "Delightful Hands" by Andrew Pace
This sounds a little too young adult for me maybe, but from your posts and other feedback I've gotten, it sounds awesome. I plan on being a high school English teacher anyway, and I like to read what my future students would like too. I'll have to check it out!
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- Latest Review: "Away From The Sun" by Rebecca brisbane
I did enjoy this book and I thought the story was really sweet, but the casual racism in the book bothered me. (Park is a Korean LAST name! Jeez.) Eleanor's weird fetishization of Park was pretty gross and really unnecessary.
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- Currently Reading: Who Told You That You Were Naked?
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Although the ending is surprising in the least, I really loved how the characters were unconventional and well developed. To me, the characters are one the most important parts of a novel and here they shine really well. Rainbow Rowell seems like she remember how it is to be a teenager for sure and she writes about it with clarity and accuracy. I think I'll read Fangirl but I don't think it'll be as good as her other novels.
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- Currently Reading: Murder at the Orient Express
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- Latest Review: The Buried Secrets of Peonies by Mernegar Dorgoly
In my opinion, the ending was really suited to the book. You can't really expect an Happily Ever After ending for a book dealing with such heavy themes. Besides, Rowell has also hinted about a possible sequel. So stay tuned
"Create your own identity. Let it be unique for yourself yet identifiable for others."
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- Currently Reading: Eleanor & Park
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- Latest Review: Becoming the Dragon by Alex Sapegin
I recently listened to this book on audio. The narrators were great, which made me love the book even more. I am not sure how I would have taken it if I had not listened to it. I thought it was a pretty good book. I am usually not a fan of contemporary books but I thought this one was good.
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- Currently Reading: Goodbye, Perfect
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One of the best books I've ever read
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Rainbow Rowell created two perfectly imperfect characters and when they feel in love, I fell in love with them. It wouldn't have been realistic for the ending to have been neat and tidy and that would have spoiled the whole book.