|Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell|
©2013 St. Martin's Press
Eleanor & Park is a young adult novel about two teenage misfits and their unconventional love story in Omaha, Nebraska. Set in the 80s, this book has many references to the hair, the clothes and the music of the decade.
Eleanor, with her curly red hair and big clothes, and Park, with his black t-shirts and comic books, do not seem to have anything in common, but on the bus rides to and from school, the two high schoolers connect and quickly fall for each other. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Eleanor and Park begin to confide in each other the struggles they face every day and together give one another the courage they need to overcome their problems.
This book is a quick read but deals with deep issues like race, child abuse and bullying. It’s worth picking up if only to find out why it created controversy in a Minnesota school district last fall.
Review by Molly