Hey readers! It’s been so long!!! School tests inhibited me from blogging but I’m here now and I promise I’ll be regular. I haven’t been totally neglecting my reading schedule. During my exams, I managed to read one of the most famous and hyped YA novels. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I have a lot of conflicting views on this book and if you’re looking for some different and unpopular views on this book then please do read till the end of this post.
Eleanor & Park is set in the city of Omaha, Nebraska. As the title suggests this book is all about Eleanor and Park. Eleanor, a corpulent redheaded girl, is new in town and finds herself ostracised by everybody at school. Well, almost everybody. Everybody except the stupid Asian kid on the bus. Park. Eleanor’s living conditions are the worst ones imaginable. With a psychopathic stepfather and a negligent mother and four siblings who care mostly about themselves, there isn’t much that Eleanor is left with. She sees school as an escape from the hell that was home but she doesn’t know that school is yet another hell for her. Her tedious routine includes coming back from school and spending the rest of the day in solitude in a corner of the room that she shares with her siblings. You get the picture.
Park, a taciturn half Korean boy, is insecure about his descent and the way he looks and seeks solace in mix tapes and comic books. He secludes himself from society and its terms. When no one wanted Eleanor to sit with them on the bus, Park scooted over and made some space for her. Soon, this seat-sharing relationship turned into something more, as they discovered their common interest in comic books and music.
There’s nothing I can let you know about the plot because there really isn’t anything more to it. This is all the book is about and that’s what I can’t comprehend. The book is too simple. It’s very vague. The writing style of the author is very different and it just isn’t for me. When I read any YA novel I don’t want it to just revolve around a love story. I want something more to it but that element was just missing in this book. I couldn’t connect to it in the way that so many people have. I couldn’t even understand the characters properly because the book doesn’t exactly tell us what they’re thinking. I don’t mean to say that it is a terrible book, all I’m saying is that it is way too overhyped and didn’t deserve the popularity it received.
The only interesting element of this book was the ending. Even that could’ve been better but I think that’s the only thing that I even remotely like about this book.
Happy Reading, Sidh.