Time for a theme change methinks. Don’t know if this one will stick, but I’m liking it well enough for now.
“True love is when you’re standing in line for Chipotle, and you say, “I shouldn’t get guacamole,” and the great love of your life says, “You know what, just get the guac.” And then you go home, and you watch TV together while eating burritos. That’s true love.”
—John Green (via brokenpromisesanddbrokenhearts)
***WARNING: Contains mild spoilers for the book “Eleanor & Park”. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***
This weekend I finished reading “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell. I picked this book up because when Melissa Anelli and John Green tell you to read a book, you just do it. No questions asked. So I did.
This book gave me a lot of feels. Some good and some bad, but mostly very good feels.
First of all, I made the mistake of searching the “Eleanor & Park” tag on Tumblr before reading it. I usually like looking at fan art and reading some comments before starting a book, but this is the first time that I wish I hadn’t. There were a lot of comments saying how sad the ending was, and “oh god the sorrow!! D:” So I literally went into this expecting something horrible to happen at any minute. It definitely affected my experience reading the book in a negative way. I wish it hadn’t, especially because IT HAD A FREAKING SUPER POSITIVE HAPPY ENDING. I mean, am I completely missing something? Please someone discuss this with me, because I acknowledge that I do tend to LIKE sad endings and maybe this is happy to me in contrast to what I’m used to reading. But like….ugh let’s discuss.
I’m going to take a step back for a second and say that overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were so wonderfully constructed. The dialogue was flawless and made the characters seem even more real. I don’t know how Rowell remembered so well what it was like to be a teenager. (The kids on the bus, I swear that was so realistic it almost felt uncomfortable – in a good way!) The relationship between Eleanor and Park – perfection. That is exactly what young love feels like. I could pull out a thousand quotes from that book that describe my own personal experiences. (Although, is it just me or did it feel like more of a middle school relationship than a high school one? I kept forgetting that Park was actually old enough to drive. Maybe I was advanced for my age? Haha)
I enjoyed reading everything about Eleanor’s home life, which sounds horrible, but it’s because it was so well written. It was terrifying and I felt scared FOR HER. Like, felt physically tense every time she went home. I wanted to kick Richie in the face. Fortunately, I have never been in a situation like the one Eleanor was in, but my heart just poured out to her. I wanted her to live with Park’s family forever. (Park’s mother? Hilarious. I loved her.)
This brings me to the ending. I was SO GLAD that Eleanor left that situation and got help. I know we as the audience don’t get much from her perspective once she leaves, but the bits that we do get let us know that she is probably much safer and much happier. She seems to be fitting in at school (we get that conversation with her new friend). THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING EVER. I don’t even freaking care that she and Park are apart. Yeah, they are adorable and it’s sad and first loves and all that, but she was in a very abusive situation at home and she got out. That is what matters most! (Although, what happened to her family!? Did THEY get out!? I HOPE SO).
I think ultimately Park was there for Eleanor when no one else was during a time when she desperately needed support. That last chapter when Park gets the postcard? I was so filled with happy feels and closed the book with a satisfied smile. I love that the reader knows that they could have some kind of relationship – romantic or platonic – in the future. YAY BOOKS.
TLDR: ”Eleanor & Park” was a really enjoyable read. If you want to be taken back to high school and re-live what it was like to fall in love for the first time in a really awesome freaky way, this book is for you.
Preeetty jazzed about my playlist at work today. Thought it was worth a share.
Going through my Outer Banks photos for Project Life. Yay!
(btw fried pickles are the greatest invention ever)
Hello friends and followers!
I have recently made some changes to my little corner of the blogosphere that I would like to announce. As of today I have THREE permanent Tumblr blogs, are they are:
- jgreco.tumblr.com – My personal blog
- yarnluxe.tumblr.com – My knitting/business blog
- studioawesome.tumblr.com – My blog for TV, movies, music, books, and all other pop culture things that I like to geek out about
Please know that my old Yarnluxe blog is NOT going away. I am currently migrating all the content over to the new tumblr and that is where I will update it from now on. Yarnluxe.com has been re-routed to the tumblr, so if you already have yarnluxe.com bookmarked, you are good to go! If you have yarnluxe.wordpress.com bookmarked, that URL will be deleted very soon.
I’m super excited about these changes and I love that I now have separate spaces to reflect my various interests (ex- folks who follow me to read about knitting don’t have to hear me geek out about Harry Potter if they don’t want to). Follow whichever one you’re interested in, or follow them all if you’re feeling sassy!!