Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – Book Review


It’s the mid eighties. Park is a misfit – Half-Korean in a very white part of Nebraska. He mostly avoids the bullies – and then Eleanor arrives. She’s big (although it seems perhaps that she is just well-developed), with red hair and wears strange clothes. They end up sitting together and, slowly, they start a friendship and eventually a romance. But Park doesn’t know what Eleanor’s life is really like, and she is scared to let anyone know…

I liked a lot about this book. I quite liked both the characters, and really wanted things to work out. There were some elements of the book that didn’t quite work for me – something that didn’t ring true. But it took very little to get past that and to just enjoy the journey. If you like young adult novels, check this out.

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