October 30, 2017 by TinyNavajo
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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Oh, my heavens! I didn’t expect to love this book so much, but I did and it was amazing and I should have expected this!
Eleanor & Park is a teenage love story about two people who never expected to talk to one another much less fall in love. But that’s what happens when the new student, Eleanor, gets on the bus and tries to find a place to sit. We’ve all been through this scenario before, cool kids in the back, not-so-cool kids in front, and those that don’t really fit in either in the middle of the bus. Park saves Eleanor by giving her part of his treasured single seat and this is how they meet.
As they continue sitting together, Eleanor and Park continue to ignore each other both on the bus and in class. Eventually, though, Park starts to realize that the annoying girl with the red hair that sits next to him on the bus is reading his comics over his shoulder. So, he decides to let her continue reading and eventually they start to talk about the comics they’ve been reading together. And once they start talking about comics, they start talking about almost everything in their lives; well, Park does. There are things that Eleanor doesn’t want Park to know about her home and family life, things that even she doesn’t want to know.
As they continue to get to know one another and find out more about one another, they finally start to realize that they are looking forward to seeing each other and talking to each other, until Park realizes that Eleanor goes through a lot in school that she never told him about, and is hard for him to believe at first. But as things both at home and school start to pile up on Eleanor, she finally breaks and things go to hell. Park does all that he can to help her, but there is only so much that a teenager can do.
What teenage love story have you read that made you realize that life is not all peaches and cream, but still worth it? Comment below and let me know!