Well, it has been a while since I have done one of these! Unfortunately my reading game has been off recently, due to some major slacking. I would say it is down to my work load and not laziness, but I think we all know how lazy I am. I had hit a bit of a reading lull and any book I started to read I just couldn’t get into it, leaving me with a stack of half read books on my nightstand. But I finally finished one!
I have always been a massive fan of Young Adult fiction novels! I am always looking for new books in this genre and a little while ago I came across Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. It had been sitting on my bookshelf for quite a while before I got round to it but I am so glad I finally did.
The story of two unlikely friends, just keeping their heads down to get through the horrors of high school. Eleanor and Park meet on their school bus and ultimately end up saving each other, through comic books and mixed tapes. I loved the innocence of their friendship and how basic and raw their tales were. It isn’t often that you come across a book that doesn’t over complicate the language and description and just portrays something so real, in real words. It was as if every part of it was just a normal, everyday conversation, which made it quite a fast read. I always love a dual narrative, and I loved the way Rowell mixed the characters in together. It was lovely to get insight into both of their brains, at the same time, in the same situation.
I’m not going to give any spoilers away, but I was a bit upset by the ending, and I think most people who have read it would agree with me. It kind of seemed like the whole book was gearing up for this epic crisis moment, and you were expecting something to happen each time you turned the page. And then when things started happening and it got all exciting and crazy, it ended. Just like that. No explanation, no kind of resolution. I understand the thought behind it and the way in which Rowell made it ambiguous, but personally, I like things to be tied up with bows and rounded off nicely. Not for everything, mind. We all love a cliffhanger. But the way the momentum built in the end, it seemed inconclusive.
But other than that, I very much enjoyed it! I know happily-ever-after is just not something that people seem to like anymore, but I’m a sap for that kind of stuff, and I was almost counting on it for this book, so it was just a bit of a surprise. Also, for anyone who has read it, what are the three words on the postcard?!?! It’s questions like this that keep me up at night.
Eleanor and Park was overall completely charming and heartwarming, and spoke wonders about being an outsider and how friendships can resolve all kinds of issues.
What did everyone else think about the book? x