Eleanor and Park is an incredibly well written novel. It’s both heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time. Both of the characters were extremely relatable. Neither of them fit in with the popular crowd, and I think a lot of people can relate to that. The topics that Eleanor and Park talked about- music, comics, etc.- were a lot of fun to read about.
I loved how caring Park’s mother was, as it was a stark contrast to Eleanor’s Step dad. It was also really nice to hear from both character’s perspective. I feel like if we hadn’t gotten to see each of the characters families from their own perspective, the book wouldn’t have been as moving or powerful.
Sometimes this book just had me laughing out loud. Other times it had me fuming at Tina or Eleanor’s step dad. The ending just shattered my heart into a million little pieces. It still hurts to think about this book. But it’s not the bad kind of hurt. It’s the hurt that you get when you love something so much that you would do it again and again and again, even if it left you crying every single time. That’s exactly what this book will do.
Overall, I loved it. I can’t find a single flaw in this book. I personally loved the open ending, even though some people may have wanted a little more closure. I feel like that just tugged at my heart strings even more. The ending is so powerful, it will leave you speechless. It was the perfect ending to a perfect novel.