Today has been so productive. Kind of. I photocopied the music for 14 songs – 7 Disney, 7 Sound of Music – to add to my ever-growing repertoire. That doesn’t mean I can play them. But I can try. I then spent the last twenty minutes sorting through four different folders and the random assortment of papers that had collected in my bag. I am seriously exhausted after all that. But I feel so accomplished.
As to why I didn’t do Top Ten Tuesday yesterday: I was all prepared. I had a game plan in mind, I was going to get it done, and it was going to be awesome. I got home at ten past eight last night, after Parent/Teacher Interviews and Girls’ Brigade, and I was kind of over everything, but I was really excited to do this Top Ten Tuesday. I went to the blog to copy the wording for it, and discovered I had been all prepared for next week’s one.
I gave up after that.
Book review time!
This week, I am reviewing Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
I finished this one on Friday, after actually taking my time with it and making it last about a week. This was yet another one that Rachel found and recommended, although I’m pretty sure she hasn’t actually read it yet.
Let’s begin the way we always do, with the blurb.
Except I’ve found approximately four different blurbs, none of which match the one on the back of my copy. I always seem to end up with the copies of books that have the less common covers. But let’s find an interesting blurb.
One extraordinary love.
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.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
This book has raving reviews. Four and a half stars on Amazon, a 4.16 rating on Goodreads. The front of my copy has a recommendation from John Green. I had heard a lot of good things about this book. I was expecting a lot from it. For once, I had no idea what was going to happen, and I was so excited, because that meant that I would be surprised, no matter what happened.
After reading it, I have to say that I was extremely disappointed.
It was an enjoyable book, yes. It was different, and not completely clichéd. But it just fell flat for me. It didn’t seem to climax at all. There was something in it that, from the start, you knew was going to happen, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when it did. But that was the climax. And it wasn’t very exciting, since you knew it was coming throughout the whole book. It was obvious. The book would have been more interesting if this event hadn’t happened. Let me tell you, that would have caught me by surprise.
As I said before, I had high hopes because I had no clue what was going to happen, and that meant that I would be surprised no matter what. But I was wrong, because honestly, nothing really happened. The book just kept going, following a fairly smooth and straight path. There didn’t seem to be any twists and turns or sharp corners. There were no steep hills or sudden drops. It just kept trundling along slowly, without much happening. I mean, sure, things happened, but nothing huge or unexpected.
While I was reading the book, I did mostly enjoy it. After finishing it, though, I was left feeling disappointed, kind of like I had wasted some of my precious reading time.
If I was to rate Eleanor & Park out of five, I’d probably give it a two. I’m not trying to discourage anyone from reading this, as there has to be something in it since it has such good reviews. But I must also add that I’m not the only one who felt this way about it. A friend from school saw me reading it, and told me to message her with my opinions once I had finished. I did just that, and she said that when she read it, she felt exactly the same. So I’m not the only one thinking these things.
However, if you have been thinking about reading it, go for it. It doesn’t have great reviews for nothing, right? And if you have read it, let me know. Do you agree or disagree with what I’ve said? Why?
I just want to finish this off by saying that it was so difficult to write a negative review, and I feel quite terrible about it, but I also feel like I have a somewhat interesting perspective, amongst all of the glowing reviews. So I’m sharing it anyway. Even though it hurts me. But not everyone can love the same book, right? At least, that’s what I’m trying to tell myself.