This was a cute and fun read, and I liked that it was not only a light read, but also mixed in with darker topics like bullying and abuse. Overall, it was good, not a favourite, but good. I don’t think I’ll ever be reading this again, though. It just wasn’t that great.
I think I liked Park’s point of view much better than Eleanor’s. She was just downright annoying, and sometimes when I could tolerate her, I even felt like skipping her part, and reading Park’s. But everybody loves this book, so I decided to give it another chance. And another. And another. I totally did not get Park’s love for Eleanor.
Eleanor wasn’t the best female lead—not even close!—and I always was mad at her. Park, though, I really liked. He was the awesome guy who, albeit quiet, knew what to say each time, and was very supportive of Eleanor.
There were many flaws with this book. I hated how this was just mainly about two kids with family problems trying to fit into society’s view of them. There wasn’t more to it than that, the way I see it, and soon even my admiration for Park disappeared. I couldn’t believe why he was still enduring her, because she was getting on my nerves the whole time.
My favourite character would have to be Park’s mom. She was really funny and her Korean accent was really great when I imagined it. She was always supportive of Park and gradually even accepted Eleanor when she found out that she was a little troubled. She was a steady, nice woman and made a great supporting character.
I listened to this book as an audio book, and even though I wanted to like it, I couldn’t. The female narrator’s was very drab and flat, and felt like I wasn’t listening to a book, but a zombie. And Eleanor sounded even more annoying in her voice. The male narrator, on the other hand, didn’t do too bad, and may even have done a little justice to Park’s character.
Favourite Quote: “Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
Book Theme Song
It feels as if throughout the book, Park and Eleanor believe that they are each other’s cure. The thing that brings them out of the life they don’t like. This is a teensy bit similar to the song 🙂
My Rating: ★★★ 3 stars