Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park is a YA contemporary book about a new girl who moves into this town and yes I know what your think, “oh let me guess, she meets a boy who’s different and the end up falling in love blah blah blah”. No, or not quite. You see, Eleanor is a bit different herself, between her crazy bright hair or her curvy love handles, she’s the type of person you might take a double look at and certainly doesn’t try to hide it by dressing up in ribbons and neon bracelets. She’s always been aware of who she is as a whole but when 10th grade hit, from moving to trying to figure out her complicated relationship with her mom, Eleanor starts to worry and after the worst first day ever at a new school she tries to make a master plan of how to hide her eccentric, bright, colorful self. Thinking she had it all pat down she walks on to morning bus to realize just how hard it was going to be. Eyes buzzed on her as if she was fresh meat and the snickers were loud enough for the bus driver to hear though this wasn’t all bad even though she may have not known it yet. This is where she met Park. The half white half Asian comic book lover who seemed to see right through her hair clips and mismatched clothes. They formed, in my opinion, one of the most delicate love stories of this century as it’s rare to see curvy girls represented in young adult books. After sharing comic books and making small talk they both knew that their relationship was special. Eleanor needed someone to mend her fragile heart as Park needed someone to make him feel like he could be anything that he wanted in life. After reading so many comic books together it was as if they became each others hero especially when the other needed one. This was one of my favorite books to read though it did have a rather frustrating ending.

I would rate this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5. If your looking for a different type of love story, I would highly recommend Eleanor and Park.

-Alyssa Marie