This book is a love story about Eleanor and Park, as the name suggests. Although this book may seem shallow to some, it is anything but. It describes the life of two misfits, while discussing important issues in our society (such as body image, abuse, and race). Park is a biracial boy (Korean, White) and Eleanor is an overweight red-head. On their school bus, they fall in love over mix tapes and comic books. This insightful book has caused controversy in some school districts, but critical acclaim has been overwhelmingly positive, as the story remains true to the real life of a teenager.
I loved this book! I would definitely give it five stars. The writing style was so simple and strong, and it is rare to read books like that. The combinations of intriguing topics made for a great, thorough and well-written book. I found this to be a great read and I think this book was eloquent and meaningful, unlike the cheesy teenage love story people have come to expect.
All of the plot twists and turns made me gasp, and feel surprised in this great novel. I thought the book was wonderful, and I could not wait to read more. The most memorable thing about this book, in my opinion, is how these different characters bonded over the love of out-dated pop culture items. The connection created by Rainbow Rowell was powerful and real, a symbol of a great writer. These characters make insightful observations, which I noted and appreciated. Many famous authors, such as John Green, have given this great book great reviews. All in all, I think this book is one of my favorites.
Review by Yashodhara, grade 7, Gayton Library