Elanor & Park Book Review

4 out of 5 Stars

Summary: This book tells the story of two teenagers who fall in love under unlikely circumstances. Elanor is a 16-year old girl who endures abuse from her step-father and then goes to school only to be bullied there as well. Park is a 16-year old Korean-American boy whose family has high expectations of him and has friends in the popular group. These two couldn’t be more different from each other but they find commonalities and find how to make things work against the odds. That is, until there is no way around the inevitable and they are taken from each other.

Thoughts: This book was part of a book club online that I decided to join and then I won a copy of it in a giveaway so I was happy to get a chance to read it. I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell in the past so I was sure this book was something I would enjoy too. I was right, any book that can make me tear up is one that I find successful.

From the start when Park sees Elanor on that school bus you are aware that something will happen between them and you are hoping that it goes well. I think despite the things against them even you as the reader knowing that it won’t work you want to put those thoughts out of your mind.

Something I really enjoyed about this book was that it was told through both Elanor and Park’s perspectives. I think that it really made you feel for both of these characters and made it easy to get through the book. I really enjoyed hearing Park’s thoughts on everything that was happening and then hearing Elanor since at times they were thinking similar things but then other times it was completely different.

Something else that I enjoyed reading in this was getting to see not only their relationship with each other but also their relationship with their families. I liked watching how different each of their relationships was with their families and how different their parental figures responded when angry with them.

I recommend this to anyone who wants a cute love story between teenagers that defies all odds. I think anyone who has enjoyed any of Rainbow Rowell’s works will enjoy this book.

You can purchase this on Amazon or look for it at your local library.