Saturday, April 20, 2013

A new student review of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

dancechicka posted a new student review of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. See the full review.

This novel was amazing.  Rowell has shaped an entirely new and groundbreaking novel that has taken a normal romance and bent it into such a totally messed-up and random love story that it makes Romeo and Juliet seem like amateurs.  And, wouldn’t you know, it worked.  While this story was raw and brutally honest, it had a poetic feel to it, it  flowed from one line to the next.  I felt a connection to each of the characters and truly felt like I was there in the story.  I felt the sadness and the pain and the hurt that accompanies young love and its consequences.  This book was such an emotional and gripping story that made me bawl and gasp and smile…….it just had the whole package.  Sometimes I felt a little bored with the plot and the whole star-crossed lover’s storyline.  Just let me speak to all the romance lovers out there—this was not your average love story, and I really believe that you’ll enjoy this book.

“Eleanor could swear she heard five hearts racing.  Every one of them was stifling a sob.  Crying inside out.”

I would recommend this book for ages fifteen and up, or for very mature readers, because this book did have extreme profanity and sexual references.

So, will the couple that never had a chance make their own destiny, or will they be influenced and let the world break them apart?  There is only one way to find out—the choice is yours.