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review 2016-11-25 01:04
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

Never would I have expected that ending, I mean all the signs were there but I WANTED to be blind to them. :'(

Still, an AMAZING read, I want to pick it up and read this bittersweet tale again

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review 2016-09-10 15:47
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

I love Rainbow Rowell and always wanted to read this, but I kept skipping over it because it deals with abuse and I thought it might hit a bit too close to home. I finally picked it up a couple of weeks ago though and liked it, although it certainly wasn’t perfect.


The story is about Eleanor and Park, a couple of teenagers who meet for the first time on the school bus. Eleanor has just started at Park’s school and sits on the only available seat, beside Park. Eleanor not only has a horrid home life, but she also has to put up with ridicule from the other students on the bus. I felt awful for poor Eleanor, having to put up with crap from all sides. She and Park don’t talk to each other at first, so she has no distraction at all. She also wear’s clothes that attract attention to herself (her parents provide her with no other alternative, plus it’s her style) and this just makes matters worse. I was so happy when her and Park started interacting because I knew (from experience) how much this would mean to her. At first they don’t really talk though, rather Park notices that Eleanor is reading his comic books along with him. This gives him the idea to lend her some of his comics and their relationship develops from there.


Eleanor begins going to Park’s house every day after school, back dropped by the ever-present threat of her step father finding out about their relationship. Eleanor knows that if he finds out about the two of them there’ll be hell to pay.


I liked a lot about this novel, like how well the developing relationship between Eleanor and Park was portrayed. Their relationship was treated delicately, almost a bit too delicately at times. It seemed as if they were younger than they were due to the seriousness the topic of kissing was given. Considering kissing was approached with such solemnity, I was surprised how quickly things turned more sexual, with both quite eager for more.


Things take a bad turn for the young couple, and Eleanor makes a decision I couldn’t fathom. 

She just stopped speaking to Park like that!? And Park was happy with that postcard!? 

(spoiler show)

Anyway, this left me feeling empty at the end. 


I would definitely recommend it though and will be reading anything and everything else from the author.



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review 2016-05-21 00:00
Eleanor and Park
Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell This is almost Cory & Topanga love story epic! I would say it is on the same level as Fault in Our Stars good. It is more mature in nature than Fault in Our Stars as this deals with domestic violence, child abuse & parental rejection.

Eleanor & her siblings have had a haphazard life. Struggling to deal with being abandoned by their father & terrorized by their mother's new husband. She finds a rock in the storm; Park. Park isn't looking to be a knight in shining armor or even to be Eleanor's friend. Instead he just wants to be rid of her as quickly as possible.

This novel takes you on the journey of 2 people who are worlds apart as they collide into cataclysmic love story. This was a great read & surprisingly realistic.
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review 2016-03-07 00:25
Eleanor and Park: Could also be called cuteness and heartbreak
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

This is the second book I've read recently that made me wish I was a teenager again (the first being John Green's Will Grayson, Will Grayson). It sounds crazy, I know. Who would ever want to go back to those tumultuous teenage years? But there is something appealing about them. Something about being that young and living your life with all senses on maximum. When everything you feel you feel with your whole being. Where everything that happens is the end of the world. Adulthood, by comparison, seems dull. 


Anyway, yes, super cute book. Eleanor and Park are a bit sassy, clever, adorable, and of course a bit awkward as they journey further and further into their relationship with each other. As I read, all I wanted was for everything to work out for them. Life is never that easy though. The two characters come from completely different worlds, but somehow they carve out their own space somewhere outside of those two places. 


I think, first and foremost, this book is a love story. An unconventional one, but I like it even more for that reason. But it also sheds light, and breaks down barriers, on a lot of other things, silly things, that keep people from each other. Things like race and socioeconomic standing, and things as stupid as appearance, how someone dresses. For a brief moment, Eleanor and Park are just as hung up on these things as everyone else around them, but the magic of music and reading (how magical they are) brings these two people together. 


What a beautiful world it would be if we valued those things we had in common with one another above those things that were different. 



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text 2016-03-05 15:15
Book Tag- The Fifty Bookish Questions

I came across this tag on My Little Book Blog

I have linked each book I mentioned to their GoodReads page so you can check them out yourself!


1.) What was the last book you read?

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen


2.) Was it a good one?

It wasn't for me


3.) What made it good?

Well, I liked the idea of  the underground compound setting in the aftermath of a nuclear war. 


4.) Would you recommend it to other people?

It's not my go to recommendation


5.) How often do you read? 

Mostly everyday!


6.) Do you like to read?

I LOVE reading


7.) What was the last bad book you read?

The last absolutely horrible book I read was Storm by Donna Jo Napoli


8.) What made you dislike it?

I had really high hopes for it. Its a Noah's Ark retelling and I just could not get into the writing or any of the characters.


9.) Do you wish to be a writer?

Its something I have thought about, but then I think I have too many books to read to write my own. But sometimes i'll get a creative moment. 


10.) Has any book ever influenced you greatly?

Many, but only one comes to mind. By the Time You Read This I'll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters Its about a girl who wants to commit suicide because of the way she is bullied. I read this when I was in high school and I think that's why it had an impact on me.


11.) Do you read fan fiction?



12.) Do you write fan fiction?



13.) What's your favorite book?

It changes. So far this year it's Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson The first in a trilogy. It made me want to travel. And its historical fiction!


14.) What's your least favorite book?

I know I have some but nothing comes to mind


15.) Do you prefer physical books or to read on a device (like kindle)?

Definitely physical books


16.) When did you learn to read?

Whatever age you normally learn to read at.


17.) What was your favorite book you had to read in school?

By far, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank


18.) What is your favorite book series?

Always and forever, The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder


19.) Who is your favorite author?

I cant pick


20.) What is your favorite genre?

I would have to say YA (and the branches that spring from that) and historical fiction. 


21.) Who is your favorite character in a book series?

At the moment, Lee Westfall from Walk on Earth a Stranger


22.) Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Every one.


23.) Wish book do you wish had a sequel?

I Think im going with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


24.) Which book do you wish didnt have a sequel?

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen


25.) How long does it take you to read a book?

Anywhere from two days to literally forever


26.) Do you like when books become movies?

yes, if I actually read it


27.) Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

I dont think any that I have seen


28.) Which movie has done a book justice?

cant say


29.) Do you read newspaper

I think I have only read one newspaper. I bought it from a flea market and its from 1942


30.) Do you read magazines?

I like them, but not usually


31.) Do you prefer newspaper or magazines?



32.) Do you read while in bed?

Thats where most of my reading is done


33.) Do you read while on the toilet? 

Im not going to say I never have.


34.) Do you read while in the car?

Yes but not often


35.) Do you read while in the bath

Id love to, but I dont have that kind of set up


36.) Are you a fast reader?



37.) Are you a slow reader?



38.) What is your favorite place to read?

Anywhere that it is sunny, warm, and has natural lighting.


39.) Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

not usually


40.) Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

Id prefer it, but not necessary. 


41.) Who gave you your love for reading?

Im not sure, I think my grandmother.


42.) What book is next on your list to read?

Sounds funny but, I bought it while in a Disney World gift shop. Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson


43.) When did you start to read chapter books?

Whatever age you normally do


44.) Who is your favorite children's book author?

Barbra Park for sure


45.) Which author would you most want to interview?

Laura Ingalls Wilder


46.) Which author do you think you'd be friends with?

no idea


47.) What books have you reread the most?

I don't reread


48.) Which books do you consider "classics"?

I tend to refer to my childhood favorites as classics


49.) Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Nothing in particular, but ones that make you reflect on your life or the world.


50.) Which books should be banned from all schools?

Nothing I can think of


And that's it! If you read through all of my answers I tag and thank you! 

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