Friday, January 16, 2015

REVIEW: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: February 26, 2013
Source: Library
Page Count: 336

Description: 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 Review: I did enjoy this book, but it was hard to get into for me. The beginning was slow, and I felt like I wasn't getting enough information fast enough. I hadn't read any of Rainbow Rowell's writing before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. If I decide to read another one, I think I will be a little better prepared.
The characters seemed a little like caricatures of people instead of real people to me. Maybe it's just the style, but it got to me every once in a while. The general storyline was good, but some of the subplots felt unnecessary to me, especially as they went unresolved at the end, or were resolved kind of haphazardly.
It was a good book, and I'd suggest it to other people I know, but it just wasn't my style. It was set in the 80s, yes, but it was still too contemporary-romance for me.

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