Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Eleanor Douglas is a thick-set redhead with a bizarre style of dress and a quirky way about her.
Park Sheridan is slight and dark haired, loves comics, Tae Kwon Do, and is the only Asian kid in his school.
Eleanor Douglas comes from a broken home, has been kicked out in the past, and recently moved back in with her mother, her a$$hole stepfather, and her four little siblings.
Park Sheridan comes from a loving bi-racial family, with only one sibling, two parents who adore one-another, and grandparents who dote on him.
Eleanor Douglas wears men's clothes from goodwill, doesn't have a toothbrush, and sometimes has to wash her hair with dog shampoo. She also lives in constant fear of her stepfather's temper.
Park Sheridan has a water bed, a walkman with the latest tapes, and cool clothes like band t-shirts and black jeans. He lives in the constant security of knowing he is loved.
Eleanor loves books and music- so does Park. Eleanor is fierce, so is Park.
Eleanor needs a place to sit on the bus on the first day of school. Park offers her a spot.
Eleanor and Park is equal parts true love story and tragic reality. This book is pure emotion. 5 stars.
Ages 14+ for content.