That day that Eleanor got on the bus and Park had the only available seat, or more truthful, the only one that would make room for this overweight girl with frizzy red hair and clothing that looked like they belonged to a man, was a day that Park would not soon forget.
As their bus routine continues, Park finds himself becoming more and more interested in Eleanor, and Eleanor felt the same about Park. An odd couple to say the least, Park with his half Korean heritage and Eleanor who is bullied at school, friendless, and lives in fear of her moms boyfriend create a friendship based on a love for music and comic books.
*sigh* Why didn’t someone tell me about author Rainbow Rowell sooner than this? After having recently listening to Fangirl by this same author and finding it a pretty sweet listen, I followed up on the buzz on Eleanor and Park.
I think one of the things I appreciated most about this book was the fact that Eleanor and Park were not your typical protagonists. They were not the popular students. They were not the shy misunderstood student that takes their glasses off, gets a hair cut, and comes out beautiful and everyone wants to be their friend…. Instead, Eleanor comes from a very povertish home. Her mother is in an abusive relationship and Eleanor lives in fear for her family’s safety. Her clothes are not new and stylish but whatever her mom can scrape together and find. Park is quiet. His home life is good but he feels he can’t be himself. His mother is over protective, his father… well his dad for the most part is pretty cool… everything that Eleanor’s family life is not.
Set in the mid 80’s, you have to just fall in love along with this misfit pair, believing first love can last forever… and in a way…. doesn’t it?
Swoon worthy. Thank you Rainbow Rowell for braving the road less traveled and creating characters that can make your heart ache. *I bow to you*