Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is the age-old story of two teens falling in love. Eleanor is the weird new kid, always awkward looking due to her family’s poverty and her step-father’s abuse. Park is the semi-popular Asian kid, totally awkward and uncomfortable in his own skin. Both are trying to figure out their place in the world and end up together, knowing it’s not likely to last, but hoping it might.
I enjoyed Eleanor & Park a lot. There were three things that bugged me. 1.) There is quite a bit of bad language, particularly at the beginning (it actually gets less and less as the story goes on). Most of it is in conversations. 2.) Some of the words used were very much things kids say today and not things kids would’ve said in 1986 when the story is set. 3.) There are a couple plot holes that left me puzzled. For the most part, though, this is an excellent book and I could hardly put it down.
4 (out of 5) Stars
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