Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book — he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

My Review:

Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor & Park” transports readers to the tender world of teenage love amidst the complexities of family dynamics and societal expectations. The novel follows the unlikely romance between Eleanor, the new girl with a tumultuous life and crazy dress sense, and Park, the introverted boy who finds solace in music and comics.

The plot of “Eleanor & Park” unfolds gradually, allowing readers to savor the nuances of the characters’ evolving relationship. While the pacing can feel slow at times, the author’s rich descriptions and authentic dialogue captivate the reader, drawing them deeper into the emotional landscape of the story.

At its core, the novel explores themes of identity, acceptance, and the transformative power of love. Through Eleanor and Park’s journey, readers are reminded of the importance of embracing one’s true self and finding strength in vulnerability. The iconic makeover scene, where Park applies eyeliner, serves as a poignant moment of self-discovery and acceptance, resonating with themes of body positivity and individuality.

The author’s writing style is immersive, effortlessly capturing the essence of adolescence with its insecurities, yearnings, and triumphs. The alternating perspectives between Eleanor and Park provide intimate insights into their psyche, deepening the reader’s connection to the characters.

The characters in “Eleanor & Park” are beautifully rendered, each with their own struggles and complexities. While Eleanor and Park’s arcs are compellingly developed, the supporting cast adds depth and dimension to the narrative. However, the ending for Eleanor’s family feels somewhat unresolved, lacking the closure needed after the challenges they face throughout the story.

Despite its slower moments and an unresolved ending for Eleanor’s family, the climax for the main characters is undeniably heartwarming, leaving readers with a sense of hope and warmth.

Happy Reading!!