The New Young Adult Wonder | Eleanor and Park | Book Review

 

IMG_20160205_133144.jpgDespite being a 23 year old, I relish my share of Young Adult fiction every now and then. Having had the John Green fever, I had been wondering what was so special about Rainbow Rowell. Because her books seem to be best sellers at every book store I went to.  And so I finally picked up Eleanor and Park.

I usually like to slowly devour my books. But this book was one of the few I read in a mere two days. It was that good. Let’s break it down, shall we?  It’s a pretty standard “Boy meets Girl” plot. But there are many things that make it stand out. Firstly, the diverse characters were a breath of fresh air. They made the story all that life-like. Because let’s face it. We’ve all grown rather tedious of the love stories between the head cheerleader and captain of the football team.

Although there’s nothing out of the ordinary about Rowell’s writing style, the way she treats her characters is commendable. During certain moments, the relationship between Eleanor and Park seems rather extreme. Which is why, the mention of Romeo and Juliet in the story is absolute genius. It reminds the reader that love can be unreasonable and extreme even if it’s between a pair of 17 year olds.

The conclusion of the story isn’t a happy one, but it is hopeful. Because Rowell leaves it to the reader to assume whatever ending they desire. She ends the story with a question. What can those three words be?

 

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The Book is Always Better | The Shining | Book Review

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I bet all book lovers out there can agree with me when I say that the book is always better than the movie. Because of course it is. The lack of detail isn’t what bothers me. But the redundant changes in the original plot are what set my teeth on edge. I just have one question. WHY?

The Shining is the first ever novel by Stephan King that I got the chance to read. I watched the movie a while back and it, without a doubt, gave me a good scare. The novel on the other end, despite being only words, was much more terrifying.  Did I want to stick it inside the freezer at some point? (Reference from Friends) Yes I did!

Being a sucker for the horror genre, I had my doubts about whether a book could make me afraid of the dark. The Shining certainly did. It was exceptionally well written and the plot was perfectly paced. It neither ran too fast, like the movie. Nor was it slow or tedious. I absolutely loved how smoothly the story was told, making it easily believable. Stephan King provided the perfect amount of details and insight into the minds of the characters letting the readers know exactly what was happening. I look forward to reading more books by this brilliant author.

Happy Reading!

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