Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
When Park sees Eleanor, with her wild hair and strange clothes, board his school bus, he begrudgingly allows her to sit with him. And every day after that. In awkward silence. Their relationship slowly grows, blossoming from shared comic books and mix tapes. But Eleanor has a difficult home life, and Eleanor and Park must overcome this harsh reality.
Eleanor & Park is one of those books that I loved, but am struggling to put my finger on just why. It has that magic that certain books have – the ones that you can’t help but fall for.
The book alternates between Eleanor and Park, allowing the reader to fully experience the entire relationship. It is not all love and kisses. In fact, much of the book is difficult to read because Eleanor’s life is so hard and unfair. The 1980s setting seems to make it even more desperate and added to its charm. This one will appeal to a large audience.