Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewed by L. Schwenn, August 2018

Plot

Eleanor and Park is a love story between two young high school misfits over the course of one school year, that all began with one bus ride.  After Eleanor and her family are forced to move, Eleanor finds herself starting a new school year, in a new town, all alone.  Not your typical high school girl, Eleanor struggles to fit in.  

Park on the other hand, has lived in the same town, and gone to the same school his entire life, but has always felt different.  

Eleanor and Park eventually grow closer and closer. But as they will soon discover, not every relationship plays by the same rules.  After things start to add up, and realizations are made, Eleanor and Park fight to be together at all costs.  No matter who gets in their way. 

Audience
Eleanor and Park is a romance/drama novel geared towards teens.  There is some language and sexuality in the book.  I would compare this book very closely with the Fault in Our Stars.  If you love a good romance book, that pulls you in and leaves you wanting more, then this is the book for you.  Rainbow Rowell does a great job of showing both sides of the story, because each chapter rotates from Eleanor, to Park.  Not huge into romance? Neither was I, however Eleanor and Park is now a book that I will never forget, because it was tender, sad, and heartwarming.