YES! The characters are so young and wonderful. Its raw without being too uncomfortable to listen into. Rainbow leaves these characters in your heart forever. From the first time he leaves Eleanor a comic book, to the first time they hold hands and the jump-kick to tough guy Steve's face, you feel every bit of it.
This is one of those books that leaves you feeling heartbroken at the end -- not because the ending is heartbreaking, but because you can't bear to leave it behind. I seriously considered starting over at the beginning just so I could stay in its spell a little longer. The writing is simply wonderful - characters so vivid and believable that you feel like they are old, dear friends. I was a teenager in the 80s, and I'm amazed at how persuasively Rowell was able to evoke all the feelings, the sights and sounds of that period. It's been a long time since I fell in love, but she brought it all back to me, in all its breathless, stomach-flipping glory. What a joy!
I have never relinquished reading a book due to language, but this one did it. After two chapters I returned this audiobook. I'm sure there is a great story line behind all the cursing, but I'll never know due to the 20+ times I heard F* in the first chapter. Especially frustrating since it's listed as young adult.
I thought the story was just okay, it wasn't my favorite.
No I have not
No, not to me personally.
I love adventure and any thing that makes me laugh. I am somewhat drawn to books of teenage angst.
I really liked the characters in this book. While in some respects the characters were just surviving their teenage years and the makeup of their world, they still were on a journey. The characters were dynamic. I enjoyed the way the book was written, short chapters from specific characters. The ending was thought provoking and appropriate to the characters.
The book really spoke to personal image in some ways. I liked the scene when Park's mom made over Eleanor and her response and process. I liked the contrast between Eleanor's parents and Park's parents. I loved Park's dads reaction to the fight.
The ending, last scene, was perfect.
I am afraid to see this book made into a film because there is so much that goes on internally with the characters that would be difficult to relay on the big screen.
In someways this book was a sappy teen romance, but it touched on some real and serious themes that deserve discussion. I enjoyed this book.
Eleanor and Park perfectly captured what it's like to be madly in love at 16 years old. The narrators did an amazing job of capturing the tone, nuance and inflection of both characters. I couldn't stop listening and it was one of the few novels I didn't zoom right through at 2x speed. Beautifully written and a total gem
I downloaded this book because I had already read it twice before and loved it and I wanted to try audiobooks while driving and see how it went. I'm kind of biased in that way because I love the story and the characters and everything about this book, so it is still my favourite. However, I did not like the narrators, Rebecca Lowman made the characters sound kind of depressed (also noticed it when she read another Rainbow Rowell book) and I didn't like the way she did the voices, also i couldn't stand the way the Sunil Malhotra did the voices when women were talking (be it park's mom or Eleanor or whoever) it sounded weird and fake, like he didn't know how women are supposed to talk.
No, I tried with Rebecca Lowman where she read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell as well and I sitll didn't like it.
This book makes you go through a whole array of emotions, so worth it, even if you don't like the narrators.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
I liked this book -- may be closer to 3.5 stars. I think the author did a good job capturing the feelings of teenagers. However, I think I am burnt out on YA books - and need something more adult to read. Good book - would recommend.
I can’t remember where I got this one recommendation from – I seem to end up reading more than my fair share of teenage love stories sometimes. I’m not exactly the target market.
Boy meets girl. They fall in love. There’s not a hell of a lot more to it. Ok there’s bullying, an evil stepdad, and a lot of good music references. That’s pretty much it.
It’s pretty good for what it is. I imagine a lot of teens would love it. I thought it was fine. Enough with the teeny stuff for now though.
Notes on the audio:
Both actors were fine. But as often the case, when the male actor was speaking as the female character, it was awful. He made her sound whiny and unlikeable. Eleanor didn’t sound like that at all when the female actor was doing her bits.
Yes! Beautifully written, had me in it's grip instantly.
It was like remembering and feeling those hyper emotions of being a teenager all over again.
No - but they both did an incredible job. Real and heartfelt.
The first moment that they touched, it swept over me like a warm glow, and filled me with hope.
Read it - you will thank me.