Author: Rainbow Rowell
Narrator: Rebecca Lowman & Sunil Malhotra
Publisher: Listening Library
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible
I'm sorry to have to be so down about this book, but truthfully, it DID make me feel down. I'm one of those people that likes to read books that are uplifting or take me away to some place more enchanting and inviting. E & P was just downright depressing at times. My goodness. Don't read it if you've already gone through/are going through your own messed up life. You'll just fall victim to even more self hatred and loathing.
I just couldn't connect to any of these characters. ESPECIALLY the emo stuff. I was never one of those kids. Why purposely make yourself standout with abnormal clothing choices and lots of black eyeliner when your family's issues already separate you from everyone? It can't be comforting. But misery loves company, I suppose.
Eleanor is known for being "different," but yet she gets with this guy who's slightly popular. She's literally the new girl on the bus whom no one wants to socialize with, and she gets the "cool" guy? Yeah, no. That doesn't happen in real life.
E & P just meanders around from one sad thing to another, and I could hardly stand it. Although Sunil Malhotra's impersonation of Park's Asian mom's voice was entertaining. When he read Eleanor's lines, though, ugggggghhhh. Stop with the soft-spoken thing. She's Eleanor. Red, curly-haired, self-proclaimed "fat", doesn't-care-about-fitting-in Eleanor. I hardly think that's what she'd sound like. So it was pretty hard to listen to him reading her parts.
I highly recommend this book if you're into reading depressing things that ruin your day and put you in a bad mood. Might even make you feel better about your life. As for me, give me a sweet love story now! Or something funny to read, stat! Gah. I'm getting a tiny bit depressed just thinking about this book.