#BookReview Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell #TuesdayBookBlog #Bookish


“You can be Han Solo,” he said, kissing her throat. “And I’ll be Boba Fett. I’ll cross the sky for you.”

This has to be one of my favourite book quotes of all time. It comes from THIS book!

OMG – I WANT MY LOVED ONE TO SAY THIS TO ME. Even though he’s never read this book and unlikely to as he only reads military fiction, I want us to recreate this; he kisses my throat, tells me I can be Han Solo (a BIG ask!) and then says he’s going to be Boba Fett and cross the sky for me.

That quote is true love.

I want to know what Rainbow Rowell did after writing something so AMAZING as that line above.  Did she leap out of her writer’s chair, fist pump and shout, ‘YESSSS!’ or did she rush out into the garden and cartwheel about while squealing with author happiness?

Before I get on with this review let me hit you with another quote from this book.

Romance fans – brace yourselves because this line is a GEM!

“It was the nicest thing she could imagine. It made her want to have his babies and give him both of her kidneys.”

This is EXACTLY what goes through our minds when we fall in love. We want to have their babies and chuck in a body organ or two for good measure.

This book will whisk you back to your teenage years and recreate that first experience of love.

All I will say is that I had to lie down in a darkened room for several hours after finishing it.

Here’s the blurb:

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. (Taken from Goodreads)

Here’s my review 

This book is quite possibly one of the most magical and sweetest books I have ever read.

As the new girl in town with a chaotic family, wild red hair and mismatched clothes, Eleanor captures your heart straight away. She’s teased at school and is in desperate need of a friend. Park is this sensitive guy who wants to be left alone to read his comics and listen to his music on the bus.

The reader is treated with dual points of view and this is such a gift.

They have very different lives; Eleanor and Park and at the start you can’t see how Rainbow Rowell is going to get these two characters together.

Oh my goodness their love is so sweet!!

This book is crammed full with gorgeous romantic things like:

“Nothing before you counts,” he said. “And I can’t even imagine an after.”

It is also a story with a dark side too and this is what grounds Eleanor and Park’s romance and makes it such a good read.

I can’t talk about the ending. This is something I still need to work through with my book counsellor and could take years.

Rainbow Powell – I salute you.

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Still waiting for the Sleepless in Seattle film sequel. Romcom Author. Book Blogger. Mum of teens. Owned by a golden Labrador.

6 thoughts on “#BookReview Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell #TuesdayBookBlog #Bookish

  1. This is an author that lives not far from me. She was a writer for the newspaper, The Omaha World Herald. Our book club read one of her books, the title escapes me at the moment, but we enjoyed it. I will have to find this one and give it a read. Small world, Lucy!

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