I had high hopes on this one - confused teenagers, dysfunctional families, puppy love, etc. But I was disappointed. Not in the plot, which is okay, but in the character of Park, who remains one-dimensional and underdeveloped. He's too perfect, too romantic for my liking. Unlike Eleanor, Park doesn't face any real problems at all, not in school, not in his family. Although this is true for many families in real life, for a novel this is unsatisfying.
And the plot twist that gets Eleanor running - it's too abrupt ("didn't see that coming" - but in a "huh?" way), too devoid of hints. There could have been more oblique descriptions of Richie and his actions......Continua
I cried so hard over these two and I miss them now. I really thought I wouldn't like the book because I hate drama. What John Green said on the cover of the book is so spot on: " Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book". That is why people still talk about Juliet & Romeo despite its foolishness.
First young adult genre experience, bit too late perhaps....Continua
Very nice, very cute. A refreshing and believable story about first love where he is not the hottest guy/vampire/elf/werewolf of the school and she is not a just a heap of nothingness without personality or self-respect.
It's not high literature: the story and the language are quite simple but yet endearing and, dealing honestly with real life issues, of course it has been banned by the most "enlightened" libraries and schools. So please read it :)
Eleanor pressed her cheek into his chest, and Park hugged her.
He wished that they could go through life like this.
That he could physically put himself between Eleanor and the world.
Eleanor e Park: una storia d'amore, d'amicizia molto diversa dal comune.
You saved my life, she tried to tell him.
Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily.
But you saved my life, and now I'm yours.
The me that's me right now is yours.