“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”


It’s been a long time since I’ve done this soooooo….

*Takes deep breath*

I read this book (Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell) a few weeks ago now. I was on my way to a training course in Manchester and I must say, I read it on that train journey. It was a long journey and I had a very annoying family sitting near me so it wasn’t hard to get distracted from the need to read and block out all of the background noise.

What I found amazing and wonderful about this book wasn’t the writing. The writing is pretty adequate. It wasn’t the plot. A pretty standard Benedick and Beatrice situation going on. It wasn’t even the characters. The characters are fab. As you read you want them to do well, you want them to achieve and do well. I think the thing that made this book completely fascinating was the contrast of situation and how two people can see things as so different.

Ok this isn’t new.

But the fact that the reader is in both Eleanor and Park’s head allows for the reader to understand just how different these two characters are.

It’s a bit fluffy. A bit hipster. They like all the music they should. They like comics. Its all a bit contrite.

But I did honestly love this book. The ending was exciting and confusing, just as it is for Eleanor. It’s scary and horrible but I just couldn’t stop reading.

If you like reading about people and love and teenagers and can get past a bit of hipster this is the book for you 🙂