Summary from Goodreads:
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
I know everyone around has been raving about this book for well over half a year now. I wrote off the book at the time as something I just wasn’t interested in and so I never thought about the book again. Until I was at the library looking for books, as if I don’t already own enough, and I picked this one up. I read the inside cover and immediately showed it to Johnny thinking this was going to be something I was going to greatly enjoy based on the summary.
I started reading this one and I was going with the flow on it to see where it was headed. I know so many people love this book so I wanted to fall in love with the characters as well. Plus first time love that went slowly sounded awesome in a teen book since there is a lot of instant love to go around in this genre. Immediately I really had no impression of this book. Sure I guess I liked Eleanor and Park but I felt that I really didn’t know anything about them. Plus from what little I did know about them they just didn’t seem like people that I personally had anything in common with but I decided to keep reading with the hope that over the next few hundred pages I would learn more about these two and what makes them special.
Ultimately I never connected with either one of the characters and at a little over 100 pages into the book I felt that I was reading the book just to read it and not because I was actually enjoying it. When you are just blindly reading page after page and the story doesn’t seem to have that special spark then you know it is time to stop. I just felt the characters never showed any real emotion and Park was an asshole at about 100 pages into the book when he said he was falling for Eleanor but that he thought she was odd, had a chocolate box face, and other rude comments. I’m sorry but if I’m to buy that you are falling for this girl you probably shouldn’t spend several paragraphs insulting her in your own thoughts. The End!