For my project I read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. One of the songs that really stuck out to me was Must Have Been the Wind by Alec Benjamin. This song tells a story of a man hearing a women upstairs getting abused. He goes up to check it out and she seems scared with her sweater up to her chin. She says that there’s nothing going on and that the noise he heard must have been the wind. It’s so sad and I think it really goes along with the book because Eleanor lives in an abusive home and Park just wants to help her but she usually brushes him off and doesn’t say much about her home life.
Love Story by Taylor Swift also matches the story perfectly! It talks about how they’re both Romeo and Juliet in the book and how they love each other so much. The song talks about how the dad tells the boy to stay away from his daughter, which matches the controlling aspect of Eleanor’s stepdad. It also talks about how they sneak out of the house and how they’d be dead if they’re caught. Eleanor and Park sneak out too and it was a very dangerous thing to do with Eleanor’s dad.
I loved this book! It was so raw and real. The love story was beautiful in a unique and different way. It showed insecurities, abuse, hardships, love, and friendship. I really love our playlist too because I think our songs not only match the events from the book, but match the emotions and vibes of the story as well. A good example of this would be I Want to Hold your Hand by The Beatles. It’s about Eleanor and Park holding hands for the first time, but it’s also about how Eleanor and Park used to listen to that band as well and so they’re important to them.
Sometimes I felt frustrated by the book because all these bad things were happening! I know that makes a good story and it was essential but sometimes it was just a little too much. I felt really sad after reading it sometimes, but I guess that means Rainbow Rowell is a good author. I also didn’t like all the swearing. I loved our playlist so I guess the only thing I can complain about is that I didn’t know all of the songs before we put them on there so I didn’t connect with those ones as much.
What made me sad and angry was Eleanor’s life! She had such a hard time and was bullied not only at school but also at home. She was basically sexually assaulted and hated herself. Park also had hard times as well and it was just so sad to see the characters treated unfairly, especially since they wanted to be together so bad and it couldn’t work! Also the fact that Eleanor didn’t write Park back for like a year made me upset!
I’m happy I read this book! It’s been on my list for years and I finally got to read it! It was a good one too! So raw and beautiful. I’m glad I got to go more in depth with the meaning of it with my group too. It was a good and successful project I’d say!