HEY UNICORNS! Missed me much? *no?Okay..* I’m sorry I’ve been inactive here lately (5 days, to be accurate) but I was getting some good chunks of reading done. So… I’ll be catching up with your posts soon! But this post is not about that. It’s a review of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. (Also, the poetry post which I shared here was actually pre-planned, so I just had to click the ‘publish’ button.)
Eleanor and Park was a cute fluffy read. But, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. Seriously. You guys. Don’t beat me into a pulp or something okay? I had a couple of issues with this book and sadly, they outweigh the positive points. This is probably going to be a rant, so I suggest you to go get thick scarves to cover your ears because there’s going to be a lot of shouting (deliberate ones) and vehement arguing. And I don’t want you to become deaf. *you’re just reading this post. Relax. Nothing is going to happen. I was just kidding.* So, with that happy note, let’s begin.
WHAT I LIKED-
- This book was short. And easy to read. AND THAT IS SOMETHING I LIKED: Rainbow Rowell’s decision to keep this book crisp and short. AND THAT HELPED ME BINGE THIS BOOK IN A DAY. AND IT TACKLED SERIOUS ISSUES LIKE BULLYING, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ETC.
- REALISTIC CHARACTERS. *Rowell’s characters are all real and it just makes the story better* Although, at times, they went kind of weird, it still was fun to read about them.
WHAT I DISLIKED-
HANG ON, OKAY? I HAVE A LOT TO TALK ABOUT IN THIS SECTION.
- EVERYTHING HAPPENS SO QUICKLY.
The first two chapters are all filled with how Eleanor calls Park a ‘stupid Asian kid’ in her mind and how Park feels that Eleanor is ‘weird’. Of course, they don’t say it aloud, but it is clear. (Because, ha. They just don’t. But they do make it clear by leaving a 6-inch gap between them on the seat) AND THEN PARK SHARES HIS MIX TAPES AND COMICS WITH ELEANOR. *HE. DOESN’T. UTTER. A. WORD* And then they start discussing their favourite songs and start reading comics together and awww now the only person Eleanor can think about is Park and Park can’t stop thinking about her either. *did you catch that note of sarcasm?*
- The cheese.
WHAT IS THE CHEESE, YOU ASK? There were lines that would never be heard spoken in this book. Of course, the characters were relatable but man. MAN. JUST TELL HER THAT YOU LOVE HER.
Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.
- Stereotypical representation of Korean Culture/RACISM. THERE’S THIS PART WHERE HE LITERALLY SAYS THAT ASIAN MEN ARE NOT HOT. PLUS, ELEANOR ONLY GOT TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ‘ORIENTAL’ AND ‘ASIAN THROUGH A CHINESE FRIEND OF HERS. *turns out, oriental is for food*
Ooh and why does Park want to look like a white person? He feels that he’s not handsome and is not happy with his height. (Read: he says that the female side of his family was always petite and he takes after his mom. PARK. PLEASE.)
Park’s mom is an adorable character. But, DUDE. JUST WHY DO YOU THINK THAT DESCRIBING HER AS A CHINA DOLL WOULD BE NICE?
THERE WERE MANY INSTANCES. MANY. MANY. Read these discussion posts:
YEAH. READ EM. You’ll understand why I was screaming in caps.
- THE ENDING.
What even was that? It’s like, ‘Pick any one that you like’ WHAT WERE THOSE THREE WORDS? AH. AH. AH.
- FELL SHORT IN THE MIDDLE.
*a part of my goodreads review*
‘Eleanor & Park’ was a book I had high expectations for and it just let me down. I don’t know. It handled some very sensitive issues with great care and that’s something I liked about this book. The characters were relatable, but the romance just bloomed very quickly for my liking. It is a cute read but it is not that kind of story that lingers, if you know what I’m saying. Plus all of that stereotypical rep. And why can’t we have diverse characters? The school which Eleanor and Park attend seems to be completely white. Asians and Blacks are in the minority. Pfft. I dunno about you guys, but I loved ‘Landline’ by Rainbow Rowell so much more than any of her books because it had a diverse array of characters. And I loved ‘Carry On’ for featuring a gay couple. I wanted this book to be different. But, sadly, it wasn’t.
HOPE Y’ALL LIKED THE REVIEW! PLEASE DO COME BACK FOR MORE!