June 13, 2013
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Even after hearing all the good reviews for Eleanor & Park I was still surprised by how much I liked it. Outcasts, Eleanor, the new girl with crazy red hair, and Park, the half-Korean kid, regrettably find themselves sharing a bus seat to and from school. Soon Park realizes Eleanor has been quietly reading his comics over his shoulder and they gradually start to talk about X-Men and The Smith's. Eleanor's personal story takes time to unfold and we find out her home life is terrible; with an abusive stepfather who kicked her out a year ago. And although Park's home life looks idyllic, especially to Eleanor, Park has his own father/son issues. Their first love blossoms as their trust grows and they begin to lean on each other when life gets tough.
Posted by MJ