Book Review: Eleanor and Park.

Hey, little ones.

It’s that time of week again, are you excited? It’s book review day! Yippee. This week’s review is on Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I turned 20 years old in April and I was given this book as a gift, however, you can purchase it on Amazon, check it out here. When I had received this book I had just completed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and was so excited to read another by Rainbow Rowell. I will admit that I didn’t like this book as much as I hoped too but it does have good qualities.

Eleanor and Park were totally different people, they lived different lifestyles and their families were totally opposite. Park, a half-Korean boy who lives the perfect suburban life and Eleanor, a red head and slightly overweight girl with a highly dysfunctional family. They meet on the school bus and slowly begun to develop a relationship through their shared interest in music and comic books.

For me this book was difficult to read and actually took me longer than usual to read, I found bits of it a bit bland and as if it was missing a plot. However, by the end of the book, I felt real emotions for their situation, especially Eleanor. I do feel as if this book is just another teenage love story with very little plot but found the story of Eleanor’s dysfunctional family interesting and would have I think this story would have had more emotion and heartbreak if this story was emphasised more. I’m a sucker for a love story and if you’re interested in only a love story and no other story lines then this is for you. I personally preferred Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, you can purchase it here. However, we all have our own preferences.

These are my recommended books for this week if you liked Eleanor and Park, or even if you’re interested in other books to try:

  • Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher – Available here.
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green – Available here.
  • The Perks of Being a WallFlower by Stephen Chbosky – Available here.

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With love, B.

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Book Review: A Light Between Oceans.

 

Hey guys!

Welcome to my first book review! If you fancy something new to read or if you aren’t a reader and want to become one you’ve come to the right place. Each week I plan to write a review about a book i’ve recently read in hope to inspire other book worms, to promote these fantastic books that i’ve read and to help others use their imagination.  If you didn’t already know but i’m an avid reader. I’ve always got a book on the go,  for as long as i can remember reading has always been a huge part of who I am and for that I am totally grateful to every single author I have ever read, yes that includes the bad ones. I’m often found in my favourite comfy clothes, laying on my bed reading a book. Its my happy place. I hope that I can help you guys discover your happy place.

This week I’m reviewing the book A Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman. I bought mine on Amazon for less than £5 you can purchase yours here. The story is based in the 1920’s in World War One about a lighthouse keeper, Tom and his wife, Isabel who desired to start a family. After several miscarriages and loss of their children they had lost all hope. During their tough time they come across a washed up boat on the island of Janus which carried a dead man with his newborn daughter who was still alive. As a desperate act to make their family complete they make the decision to break all rules and follow their hearts of having a child. Eventually they get caught and the authorities have to decide what actions to take towards the couple and reunite a mother with her lost daughter.

This book was written so beautifully,  M.L Stedman had carefully considered every emotion and feeling of each character. I had never cried so much at a book in my life. It was beautiful. The blurb on the back of the book states “they break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours” and it really did break my heart. I have never read a book with so much passion and history. In some parts of the book I felt as if I was there and had experienced what the characters had. I had felt so much empathy for the woman who had lost her husband and child with no explanation, as well as for Mr and Mrs Sherbourne who wanted nothing more than to care and love a child and create a family for themselves. It was truly mesmerising and I couldn’t put it down.

If you’re looking for a book to have a good cry at and enjoy every single word that had been written, this is a must! If you liked this book go and give these a try:

  • Nicholas Sparks: The Longest Ride.
  • Jojo Moyes: Me Before You.
  • Cecilia Ahern: The Marble Collector.

Happy reading!

With love, Beth x