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Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

ELEANOR AND PARK

So as I said I went on a little Rainbow Rowell binge, and I had this book on my Kindle for ages, but I usually read my Kindle books when I have no paperbacks left to read so I usually wait forever to read my Kindle books saying that I have over 400+ books. Anyway so I brought the paperback version of this.

I loved loved loved loved this book. I have heard so many good things about this book and I’ve had friends recommend this book to me and I finally got to read it. But what everyone failed to mention was the ending. Now. I am upset about this ending. Not because it wasn’t good because it was. HOW it ended. How it ended made me mad, like I just I was mad. After having the whole book them building this connection and finally getting used to each other! That happens! I mean can you believe that?! After all that they just get split apart by the end, the ending really broke my heart.

I love the beginning of Park and Eleanor’s friendship and relationship, the fact he lets her sit on the bus next to him then regrets it soon after and makes me laugh. I love the mixed point of view through this book, I look having different point of views in books especially with books like this where you can get the jist of what both of these people are thinking about each other and situations that they are in. I loved Park he did backhanded insults so much of Eleanor and how she looked, but he soon began to fall for her and what she looked like suddenly didn’t matter to him. Which I loved.

They begin off by them both reading comics, and they don’t really talk at the start they just exchange comics and the odd thank you. Which just shows how they built their relationship with each other. When they do finally talk to each other I swear my heart came out of my chest. I didn’t understand why Eleanor was like she was sometimes until we saw her life at home and what had happened to her.

Eleanor’s family situation is horrible. Like I felt for her, her mother wouldn’t even listen to her and I know she tried her best but even if it is one of your children or all of your children you wouldn’t let your husband speak to them like her step-dad did. He was a despicable human and the way he treated her it made me angry and why couldn’t her mum do something and stand up for her?!

Especially at the end. Where he finds out all the stuff Park and his mum has given her, he flips and he gets very angry and he trashes all the stuff and basically say she is going to kill her, so she basically tells Park she is going to run off and never come back. And she will go to her uncle who will take her in.

THIS IS WHERE MY ANNOYANCE COMES IN.

PARK! Why didn’t you say she live with you?! Distract her from going to her uncle, tell her you will protect her and so will your family. Just do everything but tell her to stay! Tell her not to go! Do anything to keep her by her side! But he doesn’t. He just takes her to her uncles. My heart breaks. WHY?! WHY RAINBOW ROWELL?! Could you not let them have a happy ending?! I get it, it’s life but it’s not good. This makes me mad. Can you tell?!

Just why couldn’t it happen like that?! And the fact that she just doesn’t keep in contact with each other, it hurts me deep down. This makes me angry, when people talk about this book they don’t mention this heart breaking ending. So. NOW I am mentioning it! I AM WARNING PEOPLE. It’s heartbreaking! But still read it! It’s an amazing book and I think you should all read it if you haven’t.

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Attachments – Rainbow Rowell

So another Rainbow Rowell book, the story of Lincoln who reads emails for his job, to see if they are meant to be flagged red or something. The emails are not meant to be personal and there is all sorts of rules that people at the company aren’t meant to do. But Lincoln he gets attached to these two women who are emailing Beth and Jennifer. And in the end he begins to grow a conscious and realises that what he is doing is wrong and in the end quits his job, it’s nice that they do end up together in the end.

So the plot was something I haven’t read before, at least I don’t think I have. It is very unique which I like about this book, Lincoln was a great character but I think my favourite character has to be Beth and Jennifer and their conversations. Their conversations were amazing and they made me laugh quite a lot especially when Beth was saying that she liked Lincoln and had followed him and things like that. It really did make me laugh, the characters were very comical and what they were saying in the emails it was funny.

You learned about their personalities through these emails and through how they react during relationships and just other life things. You could tell through the book that although they were emailing they were not just good work friends, they were good normal friends. They wanted to know things about each of their lives and they knew each other very well and knew many things about each other which was good.

One of my favourite bits in this book is when they are saying that they don’t care if their emails are being monitored or not even though they have been warned. But when Lincoln writes the note and Beth talks to him again saying that Jennifer wanted to report him (not that it would have mattered due to the fact he had quit his job) but it really did make me laugh, going from I don’t care to suddenly caring about that someone was reading.

I felt like it didn’t have a properish ending in the romance sense but the book was great and I loved it. So unique. But it was fantastic and I really did love this book. I think I might end up reading every Rainbow Rowell book because she is a fantastic author, and you know I love her name too which is also a plus when you like an author. But yes I am definitely going to be reading some more of her books! And I can’t wait.

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Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

FANGIRL

This was sat on my bookshelf for ages! Like I had brought it on one of my random trips to either Waterstones or WHSmith, I have no idea which it was but either way it was sat on my bookshelf for ages! I had heard a lot about Rainbow Rowell mainly Eleanor & Park out of the majority of them. So I decided to start reading Fangirl.

I loved this book! It was amazing. I’ll start with the plot I loved it, the twists and turns and the problems that arise in the book some of them really surprised me.

I really liked the relationship with Cath and Wren at the start and the end, through the middle I thought Wren was a little insensitive you know leaving Cath to be on her own and find her own feet. Which yes was necessary but she could have done it nicer, not just basically abandoned Cath whilst she was out partying with her friends and just ignoring her sister. I hated her character for that. I mean don’t get me wrong sisters are annoying I have many so I get both sides, but no matter how annoying they are I know my sister would be there when it came to it. So the fact Wren just began to blank her really annoyed me. But then Cath finds her feet with the help of her roommate Regan and her the boy who becomes her boyfriend Levi and her writing partner Nick. These people helped her come out of her shell and it was really nice.

I loved the the relationship between Levi and Cath obviously the build up to their relationship is nice, where he is meeting her after her library sessions with Nick her writing partner. So Levi does some really sweet things for her before they even start dating. The fact he doesn’t make fun of the fact she writes fanfiction I think is lovely and when he asks her to read to him, it is so adorable and the fact he likes them. Levi helps Cath get more comfortable with herself and what she does. The first time they read together is when Levi was meant to meet with Regan and she doesn’t turn up so Cath reads to him to help him. It was a beautiful moment in the book. Those moments are my favourite parts of the book. Also the fact he takes her home without even questioning it and he just wants to be there for her which I love.

Regan and Cath, the fact that she thinks she is weird when they first meet I love, it’s like how most friendships start. Oh I think you are weird. And that’s basically how it started between them! I loved the fact that she thought Levi and Regan were together and then obviously she had a mini break out when she realises that she kissed Levi. Regan is slightly jealous but still agrees for them to date. Which is true friendship but also you know should never date your friends ex. Rules man. But either way I loved their friendship it was perfect. And she was there when Wren wasn’t.

Wren and Cath. Gosh I was so conflicted about these the fact that when their dad went into hospital Wren didn’t seem to care about him going into hospital like Cath was so concerned and even went home even though she had her finals. So how she reacted to that really annoyed me, and the fact she didn’t tell Cath they had started talking to their mom again also annoyed me. Like she deserved to know what was happening there even though she didn’t want anything to do with her mum.

Now onto their mum Laura. Gosh this woman what a shit excuse for a mum, at least their dad stood by them and brought them up because she was a poor excuse of a mum not being able to be a mum because she basically didn’t want to. And when Wren is in hospital because of alcohol poisoning, she could have made some bridges with both Cath and Wren and at least get Cath to forgive her for walking out. But she didn’t even care she just wanted to be their friend and not their mother. So that really annoyed me on the parental side so she can suck it worse mother ever. But the fact Wren understood also annoyed me too, like you would be furious.

I love their dad, although he has bipolar he still tries and does what is best for his daughters and that’s what you would want from any dad, so I really did love his character and it reminded me of my dad only he isn’t bipolar but he does care and try to do what is best.