Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1


I saw Mockingjay Part 1 and I was like, "Mockingheeeeeeeeeey!"

It was amazing.

My mind is spinning (can a mind spin?) and I can't decide what to comment on first. I think I'll just wing it (what does that even mean?!).

My favorite character in the movie was Crookshanks! Wait, what? That wasn't Crookshanks? OH. So I don't really like the cat. I didn't say I don't like all cats! Lower your wands, cat people. I just don't like the cat in this series. It doesn't event talk.

Okay, that scene where the dudes are walking in the forest and the guy whistles then they all start running, ya know that one? Stupid. If there are thirty guys walking together and there are only ten guys walking behind them, then I'd say just turn around and attack. But, no! Instead, lets run ahead where we become easy targets, then lets climb trees like we're freaking Twilight vampires, and then blow up the bad guys. But not before they mow down 80% of us with machine guns! And what if they would have shot the guy that had the detonator?!


When President Snow totally played Katniss. This was River when he realized that Snow knew that the rebels were making a rescue attempt.

When Peeta went apeshit on Katniss. This was River during that scene. He was so shocked that the popcorn fell out of his mouth. It shocked me, too. I wet my pants.

When Katniss sang. That whole scene was superb.

When Katniss shot down the jet thing with her bow and arrow.

The vulnerability of Gale. His character developing into so much more.

The complexity of Finnick.

How amazing Donald Sutherland is as President Snow (am I right?!)

When Katniss didn't shoot the buck.

When Katniss failed miserably at filming the Mockingjay video. Too funny.

When Katniss shot the real, live version Mockingjay video.

When Katniss was supposed to talk about how the Capitol blew up her district, but Gale beat her to it.

Katniss. No particular scene. She's by far one of YA's best characters. And not because she's a kick-ass girl. Because every time she cries, I feel like I'm gonna cry. And when she hurts, I hurt. And when she's pissed, I'm ready to follow her to the fight!

One of the reasons we like Katniss so much is because we get to see a powerful character in helpless situations.

She can't stop the suffering. She wants to so badly, but she can't. And even better, her actions are often the cause of the suffering.

She's stuck below ground with no other options while bombs drop above her.

She knows that Gale and Peeta are in danger and there's NOTHING she can do about it.

The whole series is just so damn good. People were even sitting near me in the theater, which I hate more than getting to Chipotle five minutes after it closed, and it didn't even bother me! I was too IN to the movie.

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for you.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Why I Like Zombies (And Radioactive Chickens)

I lied.

I don't like zombies.

In fact, I hate them. I wish they would all just stagger into a busy street and get run over by a bulldozer. I think the whole idea of humans being kinda dead, or half dead, or dead-but-not-really, is kinda sucky.

You can replace zombies with just about anything and your story won't change.

Like, instead of zombies, you might be chased by chickens that were fed grain that was grown too close to a nuclear energy plant. The chickens started falling over one day, then they laid there for two weeks, dead as deep fried drumsticks. Then, during the full moon they started waking up. They stumbled around the farmyard on their scrawny chicken feet. They're new desire: destroy humanity and take over the world. They're means: nuclear missiles (eggs) shooting out of their butts (I have no idea where chicken eggs shoot out of...)!

Now take any zombie story and replace the zombies with radioactive chickens. Not much will change. You'll have the world in chaos, people running from chickens, and death everywhere. You'll have survival, fear, confusion, and explosive omelets.

If it's not radioactive chickens, then it's vampires. If it's not vampires, then it's a corrupt government. Or aliens, Or bullies. Or Voldemort.

This is really a post about my praise for the writers of The Walking Dead. They've created one of the most engaging, character-driven stories I've every experienced, and they did it under the cloak of zombies.

The Walking Dead is NOT a story about zombies. It's a story about Rick, and Carl, and everyone else. Yes, there are bunches of themes to think about, and moral conversations to have, but in the end, you're glued to the series because the characters are so deep that you feel like you know them. You care about them.

It wouldn't matter if they were running from radioactive chickens, or mobsters, or a plague. It's the characters of the story that drive it forward.

This isn't just a post about The Walking Dead (I know, I keep lying). This is a post about writing good characters. If you're a writer of any kind, I BEG you to watch The Walking Dead. If fake blood grosses you out, then prepare to be ultra-grossed out. But once you get to know the characters, you won't even notice it anymore.

What you WILL notice is that you feel emotions for the pretend, completely made up, fictional, not-real characters.

Why? Because there are zombies chasing them?


The Walking Dead sets the standard for Character Development.

Watch it, or else...

*side note*

What if zombies ate radioactive chickens?! What would happen?!

Thinking about it makes me so excited! .

Monday, June 23, 2014

Behind: The Scenes

After reading the title of this book and knowing who wrote it, I was sure I was about to read about scenes of people's behinds.

And guess what? I was right.

I read Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler and thought, "Shit. This is as good, if not better, than any YA romance novel I've ever read."

(This is a good time to let you know that I'm not being compensated in any way for this review. I did receive an ARC, but with no requirements or guidelines for my review. I will not, however, refuse to accept a Chipotle e-card from anyone for any reason EVER.)

Let's start with a line from the "About the Author" page in the back of the book:

Dahlia Adler is an Assistant Editor of Mathematics by day...

Okay, I bet you're thinking the exact same thing that I thought when I first read that: Damn, Dahlia sounds like a MAJOR nerd! Then add to that the fact that no one knows what the hell an "Editor of Mathematics" even is, and your expectations for this book fall somewhere between nerdish and geekish.

But, holy crap...this book is FREAKING AWESOME!! Now I'm not saying that Dahlia is not a total nerd-geek, I honestly don't know (but let's be honest...editor of mathematics??), but even if she is, who cares?!

Let me start with the characters.

Ally, the MC is one of my favorite characters in contemp YA. This is why: she's put in a very difficult situation, a situation no one would really know what to do in, and then, after a series of almost-meltdowns, she has a full-blown meltdown. It's basically what we all would have done in that situation, and this makes her one of the most believable characters I've read. She was funny, likable, and very real. Throughout the book I was imagining what it would have been like to be in her situation when I was in high school, and it was both fun and scary to think about. Ally is a great character!

Liam, the boy. Oh lord. After this book is on the shelves a few weeks all I'm going to be reading on Twitter is, "OMG I have a new book boyfriend!" Ladies, calm yourselves. Overall, I like Liam. I like him because he is an absolute gentleman to Ally and treats her with respect. His character gets pretty damn close to the "too perfect to be real" line, but the fact that he never comes across as an arrogant prick really seems to even things out. I'm glad that he has some darker history, some stuff from his past. It makes him much deeper than just a six-pack stud.

The rest of the characters are great, too. And I don't mean good, I mean great. From the family members to the friends to the Hollywood gossip bloggers, every character had an important part in making the story move forward.

The pace of the story, the way it unfolds, is perfection. Seriously. I kept turning pages like I was a robot. I forgot I was reading the story because I was so caught up in the story. THAT is all I really need.

The romance in the book is wonderful. I was misled just enough to never really be sure what was going to happen. The relationship that developed was sincere, and I was rooting for it to succeed. It's a great love story, a truly great love story.

Mark my words...if Dahlia keeps this up, she'll be one of the top YA Romance novelists on the block. All that "Editor of Mathematics" nonsense will be history.

I give Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler 6 out of 6 abs per pack.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

I Want To Edit Your Manuscript

It has happened.

I finally have the time to do it! I've been tossing this idea around in my mostly empty head for over a year now, but with three active kids consuming my life, I just didn't have the time to make it happen. But now...

I love writing YA. I love reading YA. I love blogging about YA. And guess what...I love editing YA, too. Go figure.

So I put together a neat little website that explains what I do.
Click Here----->  Real Men Edit YA.

Check it out!

Friday, June 13, 2014

I'm So Embarrassed

I'm ashamed. I don't know what's wrong with me. I mean...I'm an adult. I should know better.

I saw Divergent. I was the ONLY adult there. I felt so stupid. I felt so wrong for liking it. It was exciting and original and intense. I'm so immature. I bet I'm the only adult that's even heard of that movie.

I felt the same way with The Hunger Games, and Twilight, and Ender's Game, and all those Harry Potter movies. I'm basically the only adult in the world that likes that stuff. Maybe there's a few other misfits like me hiding in the shadows of the movie theater and creeping around the YA book shelves.

I'm just glad that Hollywood and the publishing world realizes that adults would NEVER be interested in this kind of childish nonsense!

And I hope no one EVER finds out that I like video games. How embarrassing would THAT be?!

And don't get me started on comic books. I feel so ridiculous every time I'm the only adult at the comic book store.

Adults just shouldn't do what they like, ya know? They should do what complete strangers think they should do. Let's drop all this "be true to yourself" garbage. Let's live to please strangers. Because judging other people is okay. It's how we know right from wrong.

And the most important lesson in life is this: Do what adults are supposed to do. Find the really smart, mature adults, and ask them for the rules of adulthood. They will tell you what you can and can't do. If you follow their rules and are unhappy, too bad. It's better to be unhappy than to be embarrassed for liking things that teenagers like.

I mean let's face it, the leaders of our world don't read stupid YA books, or watch stupid comic book movies. And look how perfectly they run the world. Look how happy and fulfilled they are.

It's time to grow up! You wanna read? Then read the freaking dictionary! You wanna watch a movie? Why? So your brain can turn to mush? You need to be watching C-SPAN!

You don't need to relate to and try to understand younger generations! They're stupid teenagers! They aren't capable of anything, and nothing that is written or made for them has any substance in it! Rape, suicide, eating disorders, divorcing parents, bullying, racism, sexism...huh. This stuff only applies to teenagers.

I'm not gonna be embarrassed anymore! I'm taking my Harry Potter poster down and replacing it with a copy of a Van Gogh. And no more Iggy Azalea on the radio! When I drive, we listen to Beethoven.

And I'm done watching sports! I'm always the only adult watching. What kind of educated adult would spend their time watching a 20-year-old kid try to make a ball go in a hoop? Games are for kids, not adults.

And the next time I go to Disney World, I'm not gonna enjoy it. That place is for kids. I'm embarrassed at how much fun I've had there as an adult.

And you know what's really starting to piss me off? When those damn teenagers show up in one of MY R-rated dramas. How dare they think they can come in and pretend to understand the complexity of a movie made for adults?! Teenagers are only capable of believing in vampires and having farting contests.

I'm also ashamed that I have the Angry Birds app on my phone. Just another disgusting sign that I'm one of the only adults in the world that would do such an immature thing.

I'm just saying, that no matter who we really are, we should all strive to be like the mature, sophisticated, older people that are just oozing with happiness.

Now excuse me, I have to finish coloring my Care Bears coloring book.

"Read what you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you're reading was written for children."
-Ruth Graham

"Think what you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you think is stupid."
-Aaron Bergh

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Boredom in Our Stars

Ok. Well. Um. Let's see, here.

I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and I was like

(That's an unfinished sentence...get it, get it?)

This story gave me those same feelings that I had back in high school when I was forced to read some old book that bored me out of my mind and had my late-1990's teenage brain daydreaming about Gwen Stefani instead of trying to appreciate the classics.


I'm also frustrated because I'll never really know what my true reaction would have been to this book because someone FREAKING SPOILED IT FOR ME. So, I really think that screwed me up. I was trying to read the book like I didn't know how things turned out. But I did know, so...

I'm breaking this up into two parts: things I didn't love, and things that made me laugh (but weren't supposed to be funny). Hitting it from two angles should work out great since I'm a lot like Gollum.

First, it's super hard to read a book when expectations are as high as Wiz Khalifa. And with the movie coming out, John Green everywhere I turn, and #TFIOS trending on Twitter every day, it's tough to just try to "read a book." It's more like an application to be a Nerdfighter. I kinda felt like I was going to tryouts. All this stuff skews my reading of the story, it's my fault for waiting so long. The fault is not in my stars, it's in my procrastination.

I do want to say this right up front, though. This is an absolutely beautiful line:

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once." 

Seriously, I would get this tattooed on my throat.

Things I Didn't Love

The characters. Look, I don't care what anyone says, Hazel and Augustus are not believable characters in any way whatsoever. No. This is what Hazel and Augustus are: the teenage girl version of today's John Green, and the teenage boy version of today's John Green. Hazel and Augustus are the same person to me.

I have seven years of experience as a teenager. I lived and worked with teenagers for quite a few years. Hazel and Augustus are not teenagers, they're second year grad students in a prestigious MFA program.

People don't talk like Hazel and Augustus, especially teenagers. If we had some backstory or something on how both of these characters were notable geniuses with photographic memories that were perfect for memorizing long, boring sections of confusing poems and books, that would've helped. But, I understood them to be average teenagers with the exception of their fights with cancer?

Like the other John Green books I've read, there were paragraphs, and sometimes entire pages, that I scanned over because they were so boring. I'm not sure how he gets away with it. I guess when you're super successful, you can do whatever you want? Like when J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer had success with their first books, they were then allowed to write crazy-ass long books that could have easily been trimmed way down without affecting the story one bit. I feel like these "shoulda-been-cut" parts of TFIOS popped up way too often. If it doesn't move the story forward, it damn well better have a very important purpose.

This was a very boring read. I can honestly say, that if it wasn't for all the hype, and the fact that I do (believe it or not) like John Green, I would not have finished this book. The only thing that drives the story is wondering who is going to die in the end. That's it. Trying to find out how Augustus and Hazel's favorite book ends is not interesting or exciting. I didn't care how that book ended. Everything they quoted from it was lame. I wasn't reading TFIOS thinking, "Oh, oh my...Hazel just HAS to find out how that story ends! Because if she doesn't, then...then...something terrible will happen!" Nope, if she doesn't find out how it ends, nothing happens. I know this because she doesn't find out how it ends from the original author, which is what a large part of the book was dedicated to, and NOTHING HAPPENS. I admit, for a few moments when Van Houten shows up in the end, I got excited that perhaps it was all going to come together. That there was something that I never saw coming. Nope.

Things That Made Me Laugh (But Weren't Supposed To Be Funny)

Augustus likes to keep a smoke between his lips, but never smokes. hahahaha That was my main source of comic relief throughout the book. That's the dumbest thing I've ever pictured. Hey I have a good idea, how about Hazel walks around holding a loaded gun to her head, ya know, for the sake of metaphors. And the strange (and almost dark) connection between the smoke in Augustus's mouth, and the fact that Hazel CAN'T FREAKING BREATH, is just flat out ridiculous.

Augustus's friend, you know, the kid that had his life turned upside down from getting dumped, but not from HAVING ZERO EYES. Attitude about going blind: whatever, let's play video games. Attitude about getting dumped: break everything and have nothing left to live for.

I did love how the old drunk stranger, Van Houten, hitches a ride with Hazel and her parents, and Hazel lays into him, and her parents act like this is completely normal.

And the kiss scene followed by strangers watching and clapping? Hahahaha What?!

The funniest part, though, the part that I can't believe I haven't heard mention of yet, is when Hazel and Augustus meet. Here's my fatherly advice to all teenage girls: if you go to a cancer support group with people that are suffering and dying, and a guy you've never met nor seen stares at you for an uncomfortably long time while others are sharing their stories, punch that motherfucker in the nose as hard as you can and run like Speedy Gonzalez out to your mom. Then call the police. If you don't feel comfortable punching him in the face, then simply say, "Stop looking at me." But for the love of god, DON'T GO TO HIS HOUSE.


"A boy was staring at me."

"...his eyes were still on me."

"He was still watching me."

And here's the best part! This is the key! It makes everything okay and safe.

"A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst a form of assault. But a hot boy...well.

No. Absolutely not. This is not the message that I want my daughter to learn. "Oh, hey Kam, ummm, look...if a ugly guy ever stares at you to the point that you feel assaulted, take action. But if a really hot guy stares at you relentlessly, definitely go to his house with him. Because all hot guys are trustworthy and would never do anything to harm you. But ugly guys? Huh, stay away from those dangerous ugly guys."

I give TFIOS 9 out of 17 throat tattoos.

I actually don't hate this book. I hate some things about it, but overall, I can say that it's more of my personal preference that I didn't care for it, and not that it's a terribly written book.

I AM, however, very excited to see the movie now! My daughter read TFIOS before me, and when her little friend asked her is she wanted to go see the movie, she told her no because she wants to see it with me. For that reason alone, reading The Fault in Our Stars was well worth it.

And even though I would rather reread Twilight a hundred times before I reread TFIOS, I casually recommend it.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


So, I started reading De Fiance by C.J. Redwine and I was extremely disappointed to find out that there are no engaged characters in the book! So after reading and reading and never coming across a "fiance," I finally realized that the title of the book is Defiance. That made so much more sense.

OK, deep breath.

This book...I...I...

*wipes tear of joy running down cheek

I loved it! L-O-V-E.

After I finished it, I legit dropped to one knee and said, "Defiance, I love you. Would you do me the honor of spending the rest of your life in my arms?"

I waited for like three hours until my knee hurt real bad, but Defiance wouldn't answer.

It hurt on my insides. The rejection was more than I could handle, and also my knee was throbbing and my leg was starting to cramp up.

And then it hit me: books don't have vocal chords and stuff...or mouths...and...other parts, they choose to communicate in other ways.

After slapping myself in the forehead I said, "Defiance, if you love me and want to be with me forever, give me a sign."

Then it happened. It really happened. You may find this hard to believe, but I SWEAR that it happened. I saw it with my own three eyes! The girl on the cover of the know, the one with the red hair...she turned and winked at me. I SWEAR!!

It was sign.

Also, has anyone seen my medication?

I almost don't know where to begin. There are so many things that I love about Defiance. It's a perfect example of why YA is the coolest kid in school. It's like drinking the perfect smoothie with all the important ingredients added at all the right times and mixed together in a way that maximizes the joy of the experience.

Action? Yes
Romance? Yes
Originality? Yes
Characters to love? Yes
Characters to hate? Yes
Characters with different motivations? Yes
Chapters to compel the reader to start the next chapter even though it's really freaking late? Yes
Excellent writing? Yes
Cool setting? Yes
Awesomeness? Yes
Reasons to Fanman? Yes
Author with a cool last name? Yes
Book cover that doesn't make me roll my eyes? Yes

Lame story? No
Stupid, annoying characters? No
Cheesy, unrealistic teenage love? No
Boring? No
Makes me barf? No
Checked Twitter while reading? No
Fell asleep while reading? No
Used pages for a campfire? No

Ya feel me?

The main character is so awesome! She's the perfect mix of kick-your-ass and vulnerability. We get to see both sides! This makes her easy to relate to and it makes you want her to succeed.

The "bad guy" in this story is an asshole. I hate him and I want him to get his tail kicked. But, he's not just a monster without a cause, he has his own can feel it. C.J. did an amazing job of making me want to see him defeated, while still making me want to learn more about him. That's a difficult task!

The lover boy in this story is one of the best I've read. Like, I didn't throw up in my mouth even once. He has a past that drives him, a present that he doesn't always know what to do with, and a plan for the future that he's constantly working out. And most importantly, he treats his lady with respect and isn't threatened by her mad killing skillz. He's the kind of guy that YA needs more of.

The fantasy element to the story is perfect. It doesn't overwhelm the plot, but instead makes it interesting and unique. Love it.

I give Defiance an EASY 7 out of 7 marriage proposals.

OH! One more thing...there are tree people in the story. I just feel like you should know that.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Captain America (but really, Scarlett Johansson)

I saw Captain America: The Winter Solider and thought, "Captain America is SO much better when Scarlett Johansson is in it."

I saw the first Captain America, otherwise known as, "Wake me up when it's over," and couldn't believe how terrible it was. Like, awful. Like, Did Not Finish. Like, someone needs to be fired.

When I heard there was going to be a second Captain America I was pretty disappointed in humanity, but now that I've seen it, there's new hope rising up inside of me for the future of my children.


There was actually a story this time! Wow! In fact, there were so many stories crossing paths in the movie it felt like reading six comic books at the same time. Somehow it worked, though, and it was brilliant.

The characters were great. There were multiple villains, new characters introduced, and Scarlett Johansson kicking ass.

The action, the fighting, the one-liners...they were all worthy of the Rampaging Marvel Movie Machine.

You should definitely see this movie. I mean, it's no Batman Begins, but it's pretty awesome.

And Scarlett Johansson is in it.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Veronica Rossi, My Idol

I read Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi and thought, "This is why I read YA."

This was the end of the series. No more Aria, or Brooke, or...or...Kirra! WAAAHHHHHH!!

I'm sad, but at the same time I'm not sad. Know what I mean?

Yeah, me neither.

I'm sad that it's done, but it ended so brilliantly that it left me holding the book close to my heart, looking it in the eyes and saying, ""

And then I totally made out with it. Just kidding. So?!

I love so many things about this book and series. There are so many great characters and the story is refreshingly different. I was legit surprised with this final book. I had a few theories of what I thought would happen, and as usual, I was nowhere close.

What I love most about this book is how it left me feeling when I finished. After going on a journey with those awesome characters, it felt amazing to be able to say goodbye and know that they would be happy. And that they didn't get their asses fried by the Aether.

I LOVED how V. Rossi (that's what her friends call her...V) brought in a bunch of characters I kinda wanted to kill, and then made me see them as people and feel sympathy for them.

And then I felt like a horrible person.

This story ranks pretty high on my all-time favs list, and it's not just because V. Rossi is smoooooking gorgeous, or crazy hilarious, or kinder than most humanoids. It's because of this: at the end of the day, the only way I'm truly going to judge a book is by how it made me feel, and by how memorable it is.

And that's why it ranks high for me.


Say WHAT?!!!!

Maybe someday I'll get her to spoon feed me guacamole.

#Dreams #Goals

I give Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi 5 out of 5 blown kisses.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The S-Word

I read the entire book thinking that the "S" stood for Salsa.

Just kidding. I thought it was for Starbucks.

Just kidding again.

(What if Starbucks made salsa flavored coffee?!)

Ok, for realz...

I read The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher and thought, "I hope that guys read this book."

This is a hard one for me to review because I normally just write silliness, but the content in The S-Word isn't silly.

In fact, there are multiple delicate topics covered throughout the story and Chelsea Pitcher does a great job with them.

What I like about this book is that even though it's heavy on themes, it's still the story that drives the reading. Know what I mean? The main character is playing the role of an investigator, and the information she's in search of is all the same information I wanted as the reader. So, naturally, I felt like I was an investigator, too, which was awesome because I was like...investigating stuff.

Chelsea did an amazing job of grabbing my attention from the beginning of the book and at the end of every chapter. She had me frustrated every morning when I had to put the book down and go to work (because I'm a responsible adult). Then, when I got to work, I was still feeling frustrated so I was mean to everyone and almost got fired. So thanks, Chelsea.

Overall, I really liked this book. The reading was smooth, the story was interesting, and the underlying themes were in line with the current issues of the day.

I liked most of the characters, but I didn't really fall in love with any of them. I thought they were very well done (like steaks). They sounded like teenagers and they were easy for me to picture, but I just didn't feel like any of the characters stood out above the story.

I loved the end of the book. No spoilers, but Chelsea fooled me. :)

I give The S-Word 5 out of 7 salsa flavored Starbucks coffees.

Way to go, Chelsea!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Is Eleanor a Zombie?

I read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell...and nothing happened.

I was like, "Oh, it's done."

Then I thought about all the face eating references and sort of wished that Eleanor really did eat Park's face because she was a red headed zombie! THAT would have been awesome.

So, basically, two teenagers fall in love and then one moves away.


Eleanor and Park remind me of like...everyone ever. They're teenagers becoming adults. They have family stuff going on. School stuff going on. Life is happening.

Nothing else happens.

No, seriously. Nothing else happens. It's just two teenagers saying the same kind of lovey stuff about each other for the entire book. There's no actual story there. There's no reason to keep reading. Wondering if Eleanor and Park will end up together isn't a powerful enough driver.

I liked the characters (especially Park and his Dad) and Rainbow's writing is easy to read, but this story just didn't have enough...story.

I have a sneaking suspicion that certain reviews got the motor revved up for this one and sort of set the tone.

Or, it could just be that there is something amazing here and I just don't get it. It wouldn't be the first time.

Regardless, Eleanor & Park was a huge disappointment for me. It was boring. There wasn't any humor. The "love story" played out like a 1980's record on a skipping record player. Same kinds of words over and over and over. Then, the end.

I give Eleanor & Park  3 out of 7 Red Headed Zombies.