Review: Eleanor and Park- Rainbow Rowell



"Eleanor & Park reminded me not only of what it is like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it is like to be young and in love with a book." - John Green, author of "The Fault in the Stars"

I could end the review of this masterpiece with just the words of John Green, but I insist on saying a few words. Please, if you’ll excuse me, I’d like to review about Eleanor & Park, in Rainbow Rowell.Resenha Eleanor e Park

Well, it all started when I went to buy a certain book, I didn't have it and I didn't want to leave the bookshop empty-handed - I already had nothing new to read. It was when, suddenly, I remembered that book, without indications from friends, I took it home. At first, I leafed through a few pages and it was class time, which made me take a while to read it. But on my bus journeys, I put it in my backpack and had the pleasure, I repeat: I HAD THE PLEASURE TO DEFOLIATE IT.

You know that book you take and taste it without haste, without thinking of returning it to the library or to the friend who lent it? This book is one of those, to read each line quietly and to get it into your heart. It is as if Rainbow transported you to the story and with each story by the author, you observe the scenes very closely.

“We think that hugging someone tightly will bring them closer. We think that if we hug it too tightly, we will feel it, embedded in us, when we are far away. ”

The plot begins in August 1986 and tells the story of Park Sheridan and Eleanor Douglas, two sixteen-year-old teenagers who live in Omaha, Nebraska. Park is of Korean descent, from a structured family and is passionate about music and comics. He is not exactly the most popular guy at school, but he is still a target for everyone. Eleanor, on the other hand, is the type of girl who is not well regarded by schoolmates - literally speaking, she suffers bullying kind of constantly; she is a redhead, has her own style (in fact, she dresses in some very strange clothes) and calls herself “fat”.

Until you have real contact, it takes a few chapters, but the reading is so good that you don't see the delay and it is done as something natural. The first contact between Park and Eleanor is on the school bus, where Park is reading some comics and Eleanor gives that peek out of the corner of her eye. The two get closer, thanks to the exchange of songs and comic books - insistently done by Park, and a romance begins to develop. Teenager stuff, you know? But the story, dear readers, is not at all adolescent.

The big difference in this book is that within each chapter (always named ELEANOR and PARK), there are sub-chapters also with the same names and in such a way that the central characters are the narrators themselves - kind of the owners of their own destinies. The plot is intriguing, engaging and of good musical taste of the characters (from the author, go!). Each unfolding of the story is a laugh and you feel like love is something renewable in the best teenage style of being.

”Whenever he saw Eleanor, he couldn't think of leaving anymore. I couldn't think of anything else. Except to touch it. Except to do anything I could or had to do to make you happy. ”

The great thing about all this is that the DreamWorks bought the right to shoot the book and soon, we will have Eleanor & Park, The Movie. Not much is known about casting choice, filming locations, direction and production staff. What we do know is that the author will write the script and that sounds good to the ears of fans, especially in terms of “differences between films versus books”.

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In short, Rainbow entered the hall of life's best authors, and it's not because she became bestseller of The New York Times… If it's worth a tip, read and be moved by this incredible book and keep it close to your bed, you'll always come back to it when you can. Few books made me cry, “Eleanor & Park”Was one of them.


  1. I've been wanting to read something from Rainbow for some time now and this book has been well indicated in the blogosphere, I think I haven't found even a negative review yet. It shouldn't take me long to read it, and good to know that you liked the book, that you enjoyed reading it. I also liked that a movie had come out .. I didn't know that! Abco!

    Lucas - Carpe Liber

  2. Hi,
    It will seem strange, but I couldn't love this book as much as I read in the reviews for myself. I don't think I suffered the same impact as everyone else or I read it at the wrong time, that can only be it. Of course I enjoyed reading, but nothing that would make me an excellent read. I think I'm more critical. But reading your words I seem to have enjoyed it more than when I read the work itself.

    If I hadn't read it, I would have bought it just for what you said.


    • Hello,

      Wow, what a pity that it didn't have the same impact, but as you said, it must have been a moment thing, each reading affects differently depending on our emotional state, right?
      Glad you liked the review, at least. LOL.

      Thanks for the comment.

  3. Hello !!!
    I also couldn't read this book, as Elis commented, I started, but the reading didn't flow and I ended up leaving it for another moment, I didn't give up and every time I read a review like yours, it shows how charming the narrative can be I feel like trying again. I like the author, read Ligações and loved it, I felt all the emotion that Raibow wanted to pass.

    Yeah, it's your fault I'm going to delay my other readings and get this book right away.

  4. I have wanted to read this book for a long time. I saw great reviews about him, but I always leave it for 'one day'. Although your review caught my attention - and made me want to read - only if I win or have a very good promotion! kkkkkk I found the story cute, the way you tell it. And I will be waiting for news for the film!

    Girls and Books

    • I hope someone sees this comment and gives you the book! LOL.
      I hope you enjoy reading when you finally have the opportunity to read, and you can let us post the news about the film.

      Thanks for the comment.


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