{Audiobook} Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell #BannedBooksWeek

September 25, 2013 Book 9

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Listening Library
Publication Date: February 26th 2013 
Source: Library

Summary: Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love–and just how hard it pulled you under. 

My thoughts:

I’ve been staring at my computer screen for over an hour, because I don’t know how I can possibly tell you how much I loved this book. All I feel like doing is yelling from the rooftops: “READ THIS BOOK! OR ELSE!”

How am I supposed to properly convey to you what I feel about this book? How am I supposed to tell you that I completely fell in love with it, because it was one of those books that made you feel all gushy and tingly inside? How am I supposed to tell you that this book is one of my all time favorites?

How am I supposed to say all of that in a simple review? I guess I could tell you how it didn’t matter where I was, whether it was on the train, on my way to college, or studying in the library, this book never failed to bring a smile to my face. It always made me laugh out loud. It always made me want to stop whatever I was doing and just focus completely on this book.

I could also tell you how Eleanor’s voice resonated with me. How I always wanted to live inside the book and be Eleanor’s best friend. How the narrator made me feel like she was sharing a secret with me. Or maybe how Park made me feel. Park’s narrator was…. Breathtaking. Hearing his voice always made me feel giddy and happy.

“There’s no shame with Park. Nothing is dirty. Because Park is the sun, and that’s the best way she could think to explain it.” 

Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

What if I told you all about the romance in this book? The romance in this book is slow building, and every bit as adorable as any other romance. What if I told you that this romance is probably one of the best romances I’ve ever read in my life? What if I told you that Eleanor & Park’s story is one I never want to let go of?

“You can ask me why I need you, but I don’t know. I just know that I do … I miss you, Eleanor. I want to be with you all the time. You’re the smartest girl I’ve ever met, and the funniest, and everything you do surprises me. And I wish I could say that those are the reasons I like you, because that would make me sound like a really evolved human being … But I think it’s got as much to do with your hair being red and your hands being soft … and the fact that you smell like homemade birthday

-Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

What if I told you this book isn’t only about the romance? This book paints such a vivid image of children living in the 80’s, I actually feel as if I was actually born there. And I was actually born in the 90’s!

Do you know how this book made me feel? It made me feel like the happiest person in the world. It made me want to keep this story to myself so no one else could feel what I felt. Because other than feeling like swooning every time Park spoke, or giggling every time Eleanor and him would banter, or sighing at every romantic moment, I felt like my heart was turning into a giant black hole and sucking every bit of happiness as I kept reaching the end. I didn’t want anyone else to feel what I felt, but at the same time, my hands were just itching to create a review of this book.

You know how John Green says that a book can fill you with Evangelical Zeal ? I finally understand what he means. I finally understand what it means to be touched by a book as much as this one touched me.

I don’t know how else I can make you understand that you UNDOUBTEDLY NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I do know that this book is well deserved of its hype. I also know that I’ve just become a great fan of Rainbow Rowell and everything she writes.

I’ll end my review/non-review, by leaving this image:

Rating: Is it not obvious enough already?

it was amazing

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  • We’re so on the same page with this book! I had my sister read it, my friends, my cousins! It did make me all gushy and tingly inside. I really loved this book. <3

  • This is an amazing book and I’m only 60% through! It’s one of the best romances I’ve read in awhile and it has just melted my heart. Eleanor and Park are so sweet together.

    • I guarantee that ending will blow your mind. Its every bit as heartbreaking and swoon-worthy as the whole book. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hahahha oh hilarious ending gif! I’ve heard good things about this book and your review just makes me want to read it now. Lovely review!

    • I was looking for the perfect moment to use this gif! About 3 of my friends have already picked up the book and loved it. I hope you enjoy it if you do read it! Thanks, Jeann 🙂

  • readerswonderland

    I liked this one too, although the ending really brought it down for me. I like my endings tied up perfectly with little bows 😛 I agree about the characters though, and great choice of quotes!

    • The ending broke my heart. I thought there was actually going to be more.

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