Eleanor and Park
I began reading Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and I was not amused. I felt the story was rigid and dull but for the sake of reading, I read it. Few chapters into the book, I started to enjoy it. When Eleanor’s life crossed Park’s path, that was when the REAL story began. I am not exaggerating when I say, I had so many feels, and I felt I might even burst with feels. It poked on your emotions; it revived things that weren’t there. I ignored all these facts people were talking about: it’s racist, historically not accurate but can’t people enjoy a story between two people who loved each other? Two people who are so different from each other fall so helplessly in love?
I couldn’t EVEN look at other facts. I just relished the book as a whole. It was really raw and fresh. I know I have been reading a lot of romance novels (Marian Keyes) but this one was different. They were in high school (Kind of closer to my age which I can relate to). They were both so different from each other; even their lives were completely the opposite. It was intriguing to see, how their love developed, what things they liked about each other and if they will stay together.
I even created a tiny playlist for this book because it was so cute. There are also other things I liked about it. How self-conscious Eleanor was about her weight at first but then she learned to embrace her body. To be quite honest, all stories I have read until now the main character has to be this perfect human with perfect physique and admirable popularity. This was the first time I ever read a book that was starring an imperfect girl with an imperfect life. It was real, as if plucked right out of life into a book.
I saw some people disregarding Rowell’s book for racism and whatnot. I don’t think they fully understood her choices in the book. So here are few links that you should totally read to see her side of things.
P.S: It is so QUOTABLE and CUTE and MUSHY.