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Review: Eleanor and Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary

Series: none


Two misfits. One extraordinary love.

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

What I Liked

Both of the characters, Park and Eleanor, are such a treat to read. They have such different homes, upbringings, histories, and they have distinct struggles that are still complementary. You have to root for them! You won't be able to stop yourself!

What I Would Have Liked to See

Nothing different. Of course I always wail about different endings, but this ending was perfect for the story.

My Favorite

Park's mom. She was cute and tried her best.


YA romance between two music-loving misfits that will make you hug your book when you finish.



meet sofiya!

Sofiya Pasternack is a mental health professional, the highly-distractible author of Jewish MG and YA fantasy, and prone to oversharing gross medical stories.

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