“Because . . .” he said quietly, looking at his desk, “because people want to remember what it’s like to be young? And in love?”
Mr. Stessman leaned ba...more“Because . . .” he said quietly, looking at his desk, “because people want to remember what it’s like to be young? And in love?”
Mr. Stessman leaned back against the blackboard and rubbed his beard.
“Is that right?” Park asked.
Her name was Eleanor. His name was Park. Two misfits who are pretending to be okay. It all started with hate, until no one knew when, He noticed her red hair, her smell, and her eyes. And then She became His world. And He became Hers. But no matter how hard He tried, He could never reach Her and She was always a distance away. But, what He didn’t know was behind those insecurity wall there’s an ugly truth She’s hiding.
Eleanor and Park was all i could ask for a book. Characters who i can relate to, a slow yet intense love, a list of too cool songs and a devastating ending (just kidding, WHY RAINBOW WHY?) .It took me twice reading it,and several months before i can write anything. I had a hard time moving on because i was so overwhelmed with the huge wave of emotions.
I love Eleanor. I feel like i have a strong connection with her (Not physically, because while she’s overweight, i’m underweight :|) like, i really want to hold her, and tell her that She’s okay, She’s more than okay. We all know what is like to be a misfit. So I guess we all can relate to it too, right?
Park on the other hand, was a dream boyfriend. He was sweet as candy-sweet, overload with cuteness, and worshiped Eleanor like any girl could dream of.
“Don’t bite his face, Eleanor told herself. It’s disturbing and needy and never happens in situation comedies or movies that end with big kisses.” (This is my favorite quote! ;D)
Park was a half-korean and having some issue with his white father who seemed he can never satisfied.
And their love story is all i need in a relationship.Two birds of a feather against the world. A relationship that people will laugh at or just simply ignore, but they have no idea how we love each other.Ughh, cheezy i know..
I felt afraid when i read this book. Like i was holding something really fragile, like after all this precious connection between them , it would easily fall apart if i read it the wrong way.I just want to freeze that time.When they were sitting next to each other rubbing hands for the first time. When they sneaked behind the house to kiss. And well, basically, everytime they kissed.. hehehe
And what makes this book way cooler, is the songs..The Smiths, Joy division.It felt like you can hear the soundtrack when you read it .I even made my own playlist for this book. :)
Eleanor and Park deserves every emotion i spill right now. I found myself trying to read this book with slow pace but i just can’t stop turning the pages. And sometimes writing a review can be as painful as reading itself. Especially when it’s a book that you know you’ll love to death. You put too much emotion in every word you wrote. Just too much.
I mean UGHHHHH seriously,man! Like Who is this ANGEL who wrote this? Rainbow? oh my gosh even her name is so loveable. Please tell me that you secretly writing a true story. That maybe Eleanor was you and Park was your husband..Do tell me that romance like this, is actually happening.
Well, i know this is a spoiler, but i just want you guys to be prepared, okay? The ending’s sucks. Like WHYYyy-should-life-crushed-their-love-down-cruely *screaming* -sucks.
but, no matter what, Eleanor and Park had already took a special spot in my heart. A permanent one.
“Eleanor & Park” 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. -John Green (less)
“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”
Once upon a time, there was a game played between two...more“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”
Once upon a time, there was a game played between two men. No one knows exactly when it was started, for no one outlives them. Several time it has been played. But it's neither of them who compete each other.They choosed their player to play.
The first one was a little girl. Six years old was she. One of the men own daughter.
Several years later, another player, a boy in an orphanage, was chosen. He was asked to join or stay in the orphanage. But stay was never an option.
Years they were prepared for a battle without knowing the rule. A battle without knowing when it was exactly began and when it will end. or whether it will end.
But when they met inside the circus' tent for forbidden lover, they fell in love.
My review will never be as good as the book.
I'm a hard-to-please reader. But this book has three things that I'm not immune to.
Magic Old London setting Secret
I really like it! I know I've always had some tendency to drown in a dark fantasy theme. Just said, Neil Gaiman's book, The thirteen Tale and The Book of Lost Things. And this story is somehow reminding me with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
The story, the magical details, everything was beautifully written. I love how Erin leaves me hanging with every word in the end of the chapter. This is so a page-turner!Although not the ending I was expected, but love the epilogue! I actually wish for something more jaw-dropping, more mind-blowing, you know. Like, if Baley is actually Alexander'son, Marco is actually Prospero's another lost son..hahaha Wait I forget this is not Game of Thrones..BUT seriously, i need more dirty-secret-behind-the-circus'-tent to be revealed!
I also love its late 19th century taste. It's as if you can hear an opera sound as the background of the story.
I'm not a fan of their love story though. It's kind of cheesy and too much explosion between these two. But yahh, we can't blame them. I mean, who doesn't fall in love in a kind of Willy Wonka-ish place like that? She managed to describe some place full of dreams come true. Some place where you wish to be locked up forever because you just can't get enough of the magic. I've never been to a circus before. Not even a night market. But now visiting one, is on my bucket list.
Actually i really like the eye-catching Indonesian cover. But then I realize, the black color of the original cover represent the circus better.With a little touch of red. Just like a true rêveur.
The translation is okay, although i don't know how much they change it from the original version. And if you are under 18, i guess it's better if you read the Indonesian version, cause from what i've heard, the original has more mature content.
"if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.."
I just don't get it at the first hundred pages. I mean, what did Green try to get me int...more"if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.."
I just don't get it at the first hundred pages. I mean, what did Green try to get me into? is this just a story of horny teenage boy who fell in love with an unstable bitch? is this a story of minorities students trying to deal with bullying issue? But it ain't no our lovely John Green if he didn't leave us jaw-dropping with the twist of the story.
This is not the side of John Green that I like as much as i do in The Fault in Our Stars, but i just want to emphasize that,he's still our John Green. He writes real issues of teenage life. Depression, self-destruction, sexuality, and addiction. So some of you might like it.
Somehow it kind of reminds me of The Perks of being a Wallflower. But, Milles is not even as half adorable as Charlie. He's just really..uhmm normal? no wait..average is a better word. And Alaska will never be my favorite, although that doesn't mean I don't pity her. I just can't stand to see her bitching around. Ughh, I'm sorry, i know i shouldn't be so judgemental.
But, anyway, i really like those last words. My favorite was Mckinley when he said, "We are all going". Wow, it's just powerful. Somehow I kinda hope I'll remember to say a worth-remembering last word before my death.
ugh, this is not my best shot, but still i left with some hangover for reading again after a quite long time. ƪ(‾ε‾“)ʃ(less)
“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.”
Thank you for all the letter you’ve sent to me, even in the fact i was...more“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.”
Thank you for all the letter you’ve sent to me, even in the fact i wasn’t even born that time..
It’s been a pleasure to be a ‘friend’ for you and be the one you shared your life with.
I keep thinking how we actually look like a lot each other. Similar to you, i always think that i think too much..(see?! i even thinking about how i think!)
I see alot of people, moments, and things that are going around me and my mind just can’t stop working. But, i also rarely getting involve or ‘participated’-as Bill said- with them.
You’ve gone through a really difficult moment, Charlie. But you’re one of the most adorable boys i’ve ever known (left alone that i always imagine Logan Lerman’s cute face everytime i thought about you..hehe). So i know you’ll be alright.
I adore your honesty. I really do. You speak the truth that i wouldn’t even dare saying. And i do adore the way you love people ,above all. Being loved by you is really too much.
Thanks for the playlist’s recommendation, i love asleep so much. i listened to it when i read your letters. and i really love the poems. it’s really beautiful.
Things will be okay for you. I promise. Even if it isn’t now, it will somehow.
Love always and write again to me soon!
PS: but, seriously, i thought you were 12 or 13 because of the way you write your letter. But, okay, nevermind..(less)