Personally, I hate book reviews.
I don’t read them, especially not before I read the book myself. But when I do read them, I just see a whole lot of bitchin’ and who needs that kind of negativity in their life?
I’m sure they are good for something. I’d just rather form an opinion for myself.
So here I will promote only the books that I loved. Not gonna waste time writing about the books that I didn’t love. Who would want to read about that?
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What stood out to me most was that the teens in this book actually read. They give each other books. They read them. They discuss them.
I think I only knew one other person that reads books in my teens. And we certainly didn’t discuss them.
I always felt like the odd one, preferring to sit in a comfy chair all weekend with a good book I had already read a hundred times.
But that’s not the only thing I loved about this book. I loved everything. The characters, the feelings described, the thought process of an awkward teenager. But what I loved most is this quote, which completely sums up how I feel about my life right now: “I’m both happy and sad, and I’m still figuring out how that can be.” My life as a chronically ill young person. When I told my dad about this, he said: “Doesn’t that apply to us all?” I don’t know. Does it?
Don’t you just hate it when you’ve finished a really great book? Once I got over the fact that someone called their child Rainbow (not done here in the Netherlands) and started reading, I was sucked in immediately. I read for hours on end – and it exhausted me, because I never read that long anymore, but it was totally worth it. It was impossible for me to put it down (but I did, for one day, but only because I sensed something bad was going to happen and I just couldn’t face it) . I guess I was late to the party, because it’s been out for a while, but us Dutchies are never quite on time when it comes to English books I suppose.
Here’s what’s on the back of the book:
Eleanor… red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough. Eleanor…
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat that makes her want to keep promises. Park…
And what John Green said about it, I couldn’t have said it any better: “Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it was like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”
I sure am in love with this book. And even more with Boyfriend, who kept saying “What?!” all the time because I kept looking at him dreamily while reading this book. It’s about first loves. And he’s my one and only love, after all.
Now, if anyone wants to gift me any other Rainbow Rowell book: that would be totally fine.
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