Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    When Eleanor boards the school bus on her first day, she struggles to find a seat because the rigid social order (of a de facto high school “caste system”) has already assigned even the empty seats. With her bright red hair and unusual fashion choices, Eleanor proves an easy target for the traditional high school bullies and their minions. Park takes pity on her, and they become seatmates and more. As the two title characters bond over books and music, learning more about each other’s lives, we discover more and more about their very different families and homes. When their hearts conspire to bring them together, life conspires to pull them apart. Will their relationship survive the struggles of growing up?

    At first I enjoyed reading Eleanor & Park because of the 1980s high school setting (The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, The Karate Kid, etc.), then I found myself really caring about the characters. Rowell faithfully captures the innocence and intensity of first love. The beginning of the book hints at its ending, but I did not expect the twists and turns along the way. Think of Eleanor & Park as “Say Anything” meets The Fault in Our Stars with a bit of Cinderella tossed into the mix. As one of the best books I have read this year, I rate Eleanor & Park 4.5 stars, and I recommend it to anyone interested in stories of adolescent outsiders finding hope.

    Rating: 4.5 stars

    Recommendations: The Fault in Our Stars, The Book Thief, Why We Broke Up

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