Gosh! It has been long since I’ve sat down to write a book review. I was very occupied this summer vacation, which gave me a big fat excuse to ignore my blog, but finally I’m back in action.
I borrowed/stole Eleanor and Park from my sister’s libertybooks shopping bag whilst we were in Lahore for the summer. I was extremely bored and had nothing to read 🤷🏻♀️ hence decided to give it a go.
*Mild Spoilers Ahead*
The story starts when Eleanor and Park meet on the school bus. It is Eleanor’s first day to this school and she has a hard time trying to find her self a seat. She goes to several empty seats but the kids next to them evidently ward her off making some excuse. Park is not a social butterfly himself. He finds Eleanor weird and thinks that she’s asking for attention based on what she’s wearing, but he still is polite enough to let her sit next to him. They don’t converse with each for the next two weeks. It’s just them sitting sharing a seat on the bus and going to the same school.
Eleanor is a short, white, red haired girl who is slightly on the heavier side and is very insecure of herself. Park is an Asian boy with a love for comic books, mix tapes and taekwando. Their personalities are poles apart. Somewhere between Eleanor peeping into Parks comics to pass the time and Park thinking of ways to make the bus ride less awkward, they become friends.
The story revolves around these two and the struggles they face in their daily lives. Eleanor has a problematic family and is a target of extreme bullying in school. Park tries to help her out and make her feel comfortable but the more he tries more it upsets their relationship.
I personally loved the start of this book. I think the way the characters warmed up to each other is very beautifully told. I couldn’t stop reading in the beginning, but as the story continued I feel like it lost its direction. There came a point where it felt like the story wasn’t developing at all and it was just two people who cant seem to get past their own insecurities and only catch the negatives of the conversation.
Towards the end, I didn’t really understand what the author was trying to portray through the story. What the message or the moral was. It could be the fact that I don’t like just romance in a book. There should be some kind of story or action or just something alongside it. There was just too much love in this book and it drove me nuts.
Also I think there were so many things that were a stretch. So many parts were not necessary at all and I hated the ending, it was so abrupt and weird. why did the end part need to happen? Its like the author just builds up this suspense and takes to the top of the mountain waits for the suspense to die down and then pushes you off the cliff. Very anti climatic.
I don’t get what the hype is all about. If you loved The fault in our Stars maybe you’ll like it, but I also left TFIOS in the middle 🤷🏻♀️ maybe it’s just not my thing.
So, here is my take on Eleanor and Park. How many of you have read this book and agree with me? How many of you absolutely love it and think I’m crazy? let me know in the comments.
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Until next time