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Review: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell


Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: February 26, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 328

Source: Book Store

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.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Red-haired Eleanor moves in with her mother and step-dad in a brand new town. All her siblings live in the house with the beautiful mom and horrible stepfather. Eleanor transfers to the school in the new town and now has to ride the bus; of course the high school hierarchy has declared assigned seats, so she has nowhere to sit. The dark-haired boy with almond shaped eyes quietly invites her into his seat. They don’t speak, but she finds out his name is Park. The two ride in very content silence for weeks until they finally start to talk about comic books. Park sends copies of comic books home with Eleanor and she reads them and brings them back each morning. They finally start having real conversations and it all begins there. The two in the odd pairing now hold hands, share music, and go to Park’s house after school. They’re inseparable and adorably awkward. Eleanor gets bullied at school, but Park helps her through it. The sarcasm and witty banter that is thrown between the two is perfectly hilarious.

I really liked this book and know why it’s always raved about. Eleanor has a really hard home life, but Park is what keeps her going. If it weren’t for him she wouldn’t have been able to function. This book is so cute. Rainbow Rowell has a very unique and real writing style. These are conversations that would actually happen and I think it’s really cool to read a realistic book like this.

Characters:

Eleanor and Park are the perfect couple. They are sassy and sensitive and just both really down to earth. Eleanor haws really bad things happen to her, but Park doesn’t make her tell him. They trust each other and really love each other.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Eleanor’s mom so that I could get my kids out of that house. I hate Richie for so many reasons and I would just make sure the kids are safe.

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Review: Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell


Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: September 10, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 448

Source: Barnes and Noble

In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
 
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

I loved this book so much. I’m so glad I read it in the beginning of 2014, it made me so happy because it was so cute. The idea of this book is adorable; a nerdy book girl in love with a fandom falls in love with a perfect boyfriend. Cath is in love with Simon Snow, which is like our Harry Potter. She writes fanfiction and has thousands of readers on a fanfic website. She and her twin sister, Wren, used to write together, but now that they are freshman in college Wren decides to drop Simon Snow. Cath is crushed and this book just tells how she gets along without her best friend, her sister, in her first year of college.

Characters:

Cath is a wonderful, beautifully relateable character. I love that she’s obsessed with Simon Snow and I think it’s amazing how Rainbow Rowell can create such perfectly flawed characters. The relationships between the characters are so real. Not many authors can capture the feeling of fighting with your siblings or meeting another teenager the same age as you. Levi is so amazing and he’s the most perfect boyfriend on the planet. He is one of my top 5 book crushes. I love him. I like how the relationship between Levi and Cath is formed, it’s just so fricking adorable.

Who Would I Be?:

I wouldn’t have to change much, but I’d be Cath. The only thing I would have to do differently would be to write fanfiction. She is so relateable and adorable. Cath fangirls over books and book characters and huh… so do I, shocking. Gah. Cath. I would be Cath.

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