Contemporary, Family, Fiction, Romance

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Okay, I’m way too excited about this book to write an introduction so I’m just going to jump right in!

In Omaha, the main goal of every teenager is to fit in. Park has always found that difficult to do. Being half-korean, half-irish in a school with no Asian students means you stick out a lot. But somehow Park has managed to fly under the radar. Until he meets Eleanor. The first day he sees her on the bus, he knows there’s going to be trouble. From her messy red hair to her mismatched clothes, Eleanor definitely does not fit in. When she ends up sitting beside him on the bus, Park does his best to avoid her.

Eleanor doesn’t like this new town. She doesn’t like her stepfather and she doesn’t like this school where she knows she won’t fit in. When she ends up having to sit beside some weird Asian kid, she hopes and hopes that he will leave her alone to her misery and not make things worse for her.

What they don’t expect is to fall in love with each other.

I LOVE THIS BOOK. TO DEATH. I LITERALLY READ IT IN LESS THAT A DAY BECAUSE IT WAS THAT GOOD. I was reading it throughout my commute to work and when I reached the office, I continued to read instead of work when no one was watching. If you didn’t believe me before when I said I loved it, now you have proof. This novel is funny and will tug at your heart strings. It delves into the realm of bulkying, fitting in, societal pressures, and (of course) love. It has its dark points, which only add to the richness of it all. I love that it is told in both of the characters’ voices because I firmly believe that a love story should be seen from the perspective of both lovers. It actually reminded me a lot of the book Flipped but this took it to a whole other level. It was touching and meaningful and I think everyone who reads this can get something interesting or worthwhile out of it. This is one book that I am definitely going to buy (as soon as I get paid!). Do me a favor and read this book. Because I guarantee that you will love it as much as I do!

Happy reading ~

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