Rating: 5/5 stars
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she’s never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.
Park is the boy at the back of the bus, Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor…never to Eleanor.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true – an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.
This book had me gripped from beginning to end. As soon as you are introduced to these two teenagers you instantly fall for them. It opens with Park’s point of view; ‘XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus.’ This instantly took me back my school days and my love of calling everyone ‘morons’. Music features throughout and is a tool that helps bring Eleanor and Park together, as well as comic books. Eleanor is introduced as ‘big and awkward. With crazy hair, bright red’ Also, instantly relatable for me. It is definitely not love at first sight.
You may think that this is just another boy meets girl story and you’d be right but it is the ultimate boy meets girl story! Every emotion, every touch, every awkward conversation, is written so beautifully that you will feel everything they do and never want to leave them.
There are also issues of bullying, domestic violence and emotional abuse, taking us into what is a dark world for Eleanor. Park is her sunshine and we are rooting for them to have a happy ending. I won’t reveal here whether they do or not!
Go and buy this book!
You will not be disappointed!
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