Sour Sundays is a new thing that I’m starting right here on Creatyvebooks.com. Basically it’s just a way for me to express myself on things that I do not like or really hate. Most often than not it will be book related. You might see a movie or two posted but it’s mostly books. So I hope you enjoy and please leave a comment/feedback. It’s really important to me. Thank you so much.
There comes a time when you read a book and scratch your head in confusion because you don’t get what all the hype is about. I’ve felt that way about several Young Adult books that I’ve read in 2014. Come on. If you’ve been following from the beginning you know that I mostly read YA. And if not it’s true I read YA a lot. And I do mean a lot. I suffer from the Peter Pan syndrome. I don’t want to grow up and I’m a kid at heart. Forever and always. Also I just prefer YA, yet at times I will pull out a Jim Butcher or Brandon Sanderson book. Or maybe I just like fantasy in general. Whatever.
Now where was I? Oh right books that I didn’t like of 2014. Let me brace myself for the backlash that might be coming my way. I just hope I don’t lose the little following that I have. I worked hard to get those 144 followers as of October 26, 2014. I pretty much whored myself out on Twitter and Instagram. As well as Google Plus. There’s no shame in my game. Still looking for followers if you’re interested.
Once again sorry for getting off track. No more rambling and blah blah blah…..utter nonsense. These are some of the books that had me scratching my head like WTF?
Number one to start off the list is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Not doing a summary of the book just telling you why I don’t like it as much as most people. The number one reason is the white-washing of racism that happen in Nebraska in the 1980’s. Sorry but I don’t like the fact that author Rainbow Rowell didn’t at least hint at the racism that was happening the in all white neighborhood that Park lived in. No way in hell that Park, an Asian American didn’t experience so racial prejudice towards him and his family. Just don’t believe. I’m not saying that the whole book needed to address the realities of racism but don’t pretend that it didn’t happen. At least Andrea Portes, author of The Anatomy of Misfits hinted at and showed you what was really going on at time in Nebraska in the 1980’s. To me Rainbow Rowell try to paint a picture where racism didn’t exist and we know that’s not true. It’s like how they want to get rid of the N-word in all of the Mark Twain books which is utterly ridiculous. Mark Twain portrayed what was going on at the time and yes the N-word was used quite often. I just feel if you’re going to set your book in a specific era, at least be truthful about what was going on and happening during that time. Pretty sure Nebraska remembered WWII and the Vietnam War.
Second reason I don’t like this book is the whole insta-love. Yes you can’t tell me to “Sit the fuck down” and hate my guts one day and the next I can’t breathe without being near you. Teenagers do fall in love—just not that quickly. Unless I’m mistaken. Set me straight if I am.I mean my eyes were hurting so bad from all the eye rolling I did with how easily Park and Eleanor fell in love with each other. Also “stupid Asian kid” is not a term of endearment. Just saying. It was rather offensive and I’m not Asian. Maybe I’m a little too sensitive but I don’t think so. I sorta cringed every time Eleanor referred to Park in that manner.
Third reason is that pedophile Richie. He was a sick fuck and I couldn’t stand that the mother put her children in that situation and the fact that it was unresolved in the book. That whole scenario made me uncomfortable. Point. Blank. Period. And to leave it up in the air is just irresponsible in my opinion. I might be asking for a lot but can there be a squeal or novella that ties together all the loose ends and unanswered question. Richie need to go to jail and the mother needs a wake up call.
The last and final thing that really grinds my gears was Eleanor. She was so unlikeable that I couldn’t care what happened to her. She was so insincere. Your household sucks but Park was doing his best to be your best friend and boyfriend, while bringing you into his circle of friends all at the same time. Weren’t you the one that could breath without him. So act like it and stop being so mean and difficult. All this teen-angst gave me a headache. On top of that when Eleanor finally found the “courage” leave a bad situation she did not return the thanks. Park risked getting in trouble for you and driving all that way and you mean to tell me that you couldn’t write a letter? Pick up a phone? No you send one stupid postcard. And that was suppose to be your true love at the time. BULLSHIT!
This is why I call it Sour Sundays. You see why I dislike the book but that in no way should stop you from reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. You might find something to enjoy that I missed. By the way this review/rant doesn’t mean I don’t like Rainbow Rowell’s other work. I absolutely adore Fangirl. Cath and me are one and the same. In fact I have the original and the Collector’s Edition of Fangirl. So me disliking one book does not mean I automatically wash my hands clean of the Author. Everybody deserves a second chance. And everybody is not going to like all of the same books that you do. The world would be so boring.