*spoilers* I had heard a lot of good things about this book so I couldn't wait to hear it. I had a really hard time getting into the book and never fully did. I found Eleanor to be a rather unlikeable person. I know she liked Park but never felt like this was a relatable first love book. There wasn't love. It seemed very one sided. I couldn't relate to any characters. I'm sure many people can, so I can see why this would be a well enjoyed book. I also feel like there was no closure at the end. I kept wanting to shake Eleanor for not opening the letters. Why would you not. Why wouldn't you call him. This is why I don't think she loved him. Poor Park.
rowell did an excellent job realistically weaving in diversity without making it the center of the story. A difference of culture between two lovers has its frustrations yet can be the very reason why two people come together; however, rowell narrates the story from two perspectives by making the focus on the essence of teenage life and the torment of romance at that age.
Realistic, a nice balance
The only part I didn't like is when Park's narrator read Eleanor's voice, sounded a bit like he was making fun of the female voice. Eleanor's voice should not have sounded so high pitched. Eleanor's narrator sounded right.
This is not your typical teenager romance because Eleanor & Park are unusually beautifully crafted people. I loved seeing through the eyes of these two teens and how they viewed the world and the people around them. Their voices will always be apart of my yearning for discovery and true
This is perfect to engage young adult readers, but also adults. The universal theme of young love connects all of us.
The performers really capture the awkwardness and vulnerability of a new relationship. There is an element of innocence in their voices that is perfect for this Young Adult Novel.
The plot of this story is incredibly simple, but the beauty is in how the author weaves the tale. The story includes a lot of inner-monologue for the teenage protagonists. One lovely technique from the author is the way she conveys emotion in concrete terms instead of overloading the reader with fluffy adjectives. Example: Instead of "Eleanor started to feel attracted to Park", she'll subtly point out something like, "That day, Eleanor noticed... [insert unique detail about his appearance that she would need to be paying close attention to notice]." She writes the story like a clever poet.
Cute story with wonderful characters. I am looking forward to seeing the movie. Unlike some young adult fiction I found this to be better for a teen audience.
I am a wife, mom, Avon rep, and social workers' assistant. I love listening to any book that grabs my attention and takes me to another world for awhile
I loved everything about Eleanor and Park! The characters were lovable, the story was amazing, and it took me back to being 16 myself.
There were just enough twists and turns to keep it interesting without being too predictable. Although this is a story of young love, it never felt juvenile to me!
I like happy endings and this book doesn't exactly give us that. Otherwise it was perfect. Just like that first taste of love!