Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

 

“I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,’ he said, ‘and then take it back.’
‘I can,’ she said. ‘Life’s a bastard.”
– Rainbow RowellEleanor & Park

Ok,  so bear with me, this is my first ever book review, unless you want to count the ones I had to do for book reports in the third grade, but I’m really hoping this one will trump those (I’d say I set my expectations at a reasonable level). So, unfortunately if you read this book and absolutely adored it this post may not be for you to read, (unless you are one of those AMAZING people that can actually accept that other people have different options from you), because the things I have to say about Eleanor & Park are far from positive. First off, I will admit that this book did make me laugh….at it. I could not believe that not only did someone write this thinking it was good enough to be published, but then an publisher (whose supposed to know their literature) allowed it to leave the printing press.

I read this book, because it was recommended to be by a friend. When trying new things, I usually keep an open mind, so I come out feeling really good about things most of the time. Some people actually say that I tend to dish out my stamp of approval too freely. This is why coming out of Eleanor & Park disliking it surprised me.

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2015 Reading Challenge

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“There is nothing like the smell of books, both new and old. If someone ever bottled the smell, I would be all over it .”
– Tiffany KingMeant to Be

As the days winded down in 2014, I spent my last few days of freedom curled up in bed with a book, occasionally taking a break to check back into the world by sifting through numerous Tumblr and Pinterest posts and pins (going outdoors never occurred to me). I ran into the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge on Pinterest and decidedly immediately that this was what I was going to spend the next year doing, instead of coming up with some cheesy, unoriginal New Years’ Resolution that I would abandon on Day 3 (like giving up Pinterest and Tumblr to do something a lot more productive…ha). So far, I’ve knocked two books off my reading list and I am throughly enjoying my experience. It is expanding my reading pool, and getting me out of my typical books rut. I even got together with a friend to get some book recommendations, so we could broaden our horizons together. I will be posting reviews on all the books I end up reading for the list and tagging them as “2015 Reading Challenge”. I can’t wait to see the results! I encourage you to do something you love for the year of 2015, instead of trying to tackle another thing you hate (we get enough of those from life)! 🙂

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