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.