May 25, 2018
Author: Rainbow Rowell
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Rainbow Rowell’s novel, Eleanor & Park follows the hardships that we go through as teenagers. To elaborate; balancing high school, stress, social interactions, bullies and most of all,
learning how to love and learning how to cope with the loss of someone important.
Eleanor is a teenage girl in high school. She is insecure about her red, fuzzy and extremely curly hair, as well as, so she says, her bigger than normal body shape and her weird clothes. The story follows her overcoming the bullies at school, learning to love herself and learning to love another.
In the simplest of terms, my opinion of the book would be that the meaning of love went far and deep. Rowell conveyed this meaning through heartbreak and the importance of loving yourself. Within the novel, she covers some very real topics that are felt by a lot of teenagers. I recommend this book to anyone. It’s a romance, but it also includes bullying, self-esteem problems, trust issues and the loss of a loved one. This novel is relatable. The characters face the same trials that we do as teenagers. Having the opportunity to share in Eleanor and Park’s lives provides a window into discovering how to solve some of our own problems.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Review by Sophia L. N. Age 15.
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