One extraordinary love.
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
I first saw this particular book on Tumblr and there have been many great reviews from the readers on that website. I decided on buying it when there was a book sale to try another category of books as I usually read classics or contemporary literature. This book fits for teenager as it is about high school love story and I believe many can teens can relate to it.
I felt engrossed all along when reading this book due to the tone and flow of the book. The writer does include many memorable quotes that was on the right time and fits the whole situation perfectly. I felt empathetic towards Eleanor due to her situation of abusive step-father. Not only that, her background story made the readers understood from her perspective. The way she dresses, speaks, behaviour and such made her an outcast but it made her to be a stronger person.
As for Park, I find him to be the stereotypical of an Asian teenager; who loves comic books, rock music and wealthy. I find him not to be a great character at first as he seemed boring and there were no great qualities that you would usually find in a main character of a book. As the book progresses, he became to be just likeable.
Overall, I find the ending of the book great as the readers are able to weigh in their perspective on the relationship between Eleanor and Park. Their relationship is a roller-coaster ride from the beginning to end.The emotions from this book do come out through the writing at the crucial points.