Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Book Club #5 - Eleanor & Park

I am becoming a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell's writing. After reading Fangirl, I couldn't wait to get my hands on another book of hers and pleasantly found myself with Eleanor & Park. I'm sure a lot of people would agree with me, when I say that Rowell is really in tune with the feelings of a teenager. When reading Fangirl, I could relate to the whole, 'being obsessed and writing fan fiction' - you guys don't wanna know about the sordid tales I wrote about Matt from Busted back in the day - but I think Eleanor & Park just took it up a notch for me. 

Eleanor & Park is based on the relationship between two school students - and outsiders - Eleanor, who's just moved to a new school, and Park, a boy who's tried so hard to blend in due to his exotic heritage making him different to everyone else. Their friendship is slow starting, but it truly grips you as it grows. 

It didn't take me long to read Eleanor & Park, despite being over 300 pages, and I think this is a really good sign. I've been struggling to read 'for fun' recently, due to my sheer amount of uni deadlines and allotted reading, but as soon as I started reading Eleanor & Park I just didn't want to stop. I liked that the chapters were split for Eleanor and Park, as this helped to show the emotions of the characters a bit better. 

If you're a fan of Rowell's writing, or you just fancy a read of a really good Young Adult novel - in which all the characters aren't fighting to the death or 300 years in the future, I can spot a trend or two - then please try this one out! I'd love to know if you've read this, or any of Rowell's other books! 

Chelsea xo


  1. At the end, I was like "NO, you can't stop there! Noooo!" etc etc haha :)

  2. I really enjoyed Fangirl - it's probably the one book that I can actually properly relate to to be honest! Not sure what that says about me ;) I still haven't gotten round to reading Eleanor & Park, but it's on my list!

  3. You need to read it! I loved both of them, I can't wait to read more of her books :)

  4. Never heard of this before. I love books that come from different perspectives though do will check it out

  5. I've seen a few people review this - it's on my 'to read' list but there's about a thousand other reservations on it at the library so I think I'll be waiting a while before I get to read it! :-) xx


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