Why You Should Read Eleanor And Park By Rainbow Rowell

Why You Should Read Eleanor And Park By Rainbow Rowell

Reasons to read this emotional journey.

To kick off the new year, I decided to start with a book I've been meaning to read for awhile. I've already read "Carry On" and "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell and enjoyed both, so I ordered "Eleanor and Park" last month. I can't figure out why it took me so long to get to this book, because once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Especially after coming out of my winter book slump, it felt great to speed read something like this. I could have finished it in one night if I didn't need sleep! Instead, I split it between two days.

"Eleanor and Park" starts off as a sort of typical contemporary romance novel; Eleanor is the new girl in school, and becomes a target for bullying. Park is one of the few who doesn't participate, and eventually befriends Eleanor. From there, their relationship grows. This normally wouldn't be my cup of tea. I'm not big on reading books that have romance as the main focus.

Yet, it's more than just two high schoolers forming a relationship. Both Eleanor and Park are outsiders in their small town; Eleanor stands out with her red hair, curvy figure, and strange clothes, and Park is the only Asian kid in town. They both have different challenges within their families. Park doesn't see eye-to-eye with his father, and he also struggles to get his mother to accept Eleanor. Eleanor's family life is more complex; early on in the novel, you learn that she's just barely moving back in with her mom after being kicked out by her stepdad a year ago. The family's situation is poor finacially speaking, along with the extra stress of the stepdad's abusive and strict behavior.

"Eleanor and Park" made me feel a lot of different things. It felt like I was reading a real account of two high schoolers. There were moments I was happy, and there were moments I was excited. There were moments I was upset and hopeless, and then there were moments I was actually scared. I can't go too much into detail about where these emotions came from, but I can say this: I didn't want the book to end!

I loved the characters and I also loved how realistic the plot was. My only issue with the book was wanting it to go on longer and end with a little more clarity. Still, if it had kept going, or if Rowell had decided to tell us the exact ending via a horrible twenty-years-later epilogue, it would have lost that genuine feeling. This is a story that feels like it happened in real life.

For these reasons, I gave this book a 4.5 star rating on Goodreads. I wanted a little bit more out of the ending, but I also understood why expanding too much on it would ruin the authenticity. Still, I feel as if there could have been a bit more expansion just so the reader leaves feeling a little more satisfied. Overall, "Eleanor and Park" was a great read, and I highly recommend it to Rainbow Rowell fans and contemporary romance fans.

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7 Ways To Avoid Pissing Off Your Cashiers

We're nice people until we have to repeat ourselves to our customers.

We have all been to grocery shopping or shopping for clothes. Have you ever felt like you were pissing off your cashier? Maybe you were.

Cashiers get pissed or upset pretty easily. For demanding customers to ignorant ones. They all come and go. There are a few that we like to see. Some of our regulars are our favorites

If you don’t wanna make your cashier mad, don’t do these things.

1. Tell your phone number unless asked.

If a store has a rewards card please either wait till we ask for it already have it out. If you don’t have one in hand wait till we ask for your phone number. Just don’t assume we are ready to hear the number. Because more than likely we are not ready.

2. Don't get mad at us.

We don't make up the rules. We just follow them. Just because it doesn't ring up the way you want it doesn't mean it is actually on sale. It could be a sale from last week we forgot to take down.

3. We don't like explaining ourselves more than once.

If you can't get it the first time why even bother trying to hear it a second time. It's a waste of breath and time. Please listen to what we have to say.

4. Get off your phone.

How would you like it if your cashier was on the phone while ringing up your items? It's bad enough when you don't have your rewards card ready or just fire it out like we are ready. It is also rude and inconsiderate when you are on the phone at checkout.

5. Don't dig your purse or that coupon that for whatever

Some stores have to keep certain IPMS (items per minute) and when you rummage for that stuff you run that little meter up.

6. Don't complain to us about something you previously bought.

Yes, it is typical for customers to complain but we can't do anything about it. The person to complain to is customer service because they know how to fix.

7. Read the sales...

Come on people. How hard is it to read? Yea things can be buy one get one, but read and see if that is true because it could be buy 2 get 1.

Cashiers are really nice people we love all our customers but sometimes the things they do make us upset.

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The Perfect Playlist Of Love Songs

Every song will make you want to settle down and fall in love.

Four years ago, I started making playlists on Spotify and became obsessed with creating them. At one point, I had over 50 playlists, but over time, I deleted almost all of them. This playlist, titled "Want," is one of few to survive the cut.

"First Day Of My Life" by Bright Eyes

"Wonderwall" by Oasis

I know everyone hates this song but it's truly a jam.

"Into The Wild" by Lewis Watson

Can't Help Falling In Love" by Ingrid Michaelson

"You Always Make Me Smile" by Kyle Andrews

"Yellow" by Coldplay

"Bones" by Lewis Watson

"Grow Old With Me" by Tom Odell

"Next To Me" by Sleeping At Last

"I Find The Light In You" by Joe Brooks

"Favorite Girl" by The Icarus Account

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"Perfect For Me" by Ron Pope

This song is on 90 percent of my playlists, but IT'S JUST SO GOOD.

The Idea of Growing Old by The Features

"I Will Follow You Into The Dark" by Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie is on the "New Moon" soundtrack, so obviously I'm a big fan.

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