Image of Eleanor & Park


Image of Eleanor & Park

Rowell fails to live up to the enormous potential she has in this novel. Though the tale is beautifully told, the reader is left unsatisfied by too many loose ends. Eleanor and Park jump off the page, but secondary characters are neglected. What could have been a phenomenal read is instead a heart-wrenching story that leaves us wishing for more.

From the moment Eleanor steps on the bus, with her unstylish clothes and hair, Parker knows she doesn’t belong: not in his school, not on the bus and most certainly not in the seat next to him. Eleanor feels like an outsider with her siblings, so she doesn’t mind being “the weird girl” at school. When Parker catches her reading along with his comics, an unlikely romance blooms. Their relationship buoys them over and above the tragedy of their everyday lives, and they find joy in small, stolen moments. But when Eleanor’s shaky life crumbles, can Parker save her? (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Mar., 320 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781250012579, 14 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
Raven Haller