Guest Blogger: Trinity, Grade 11
Setting(Time): Late 1980s
Setting (Place): Omaha, Nebraska
What would you rate this book: 4 out of 5 Stars
The book was an enjoyable read. The plot was unique and the characters were strange enough to be lovable.
Two misfits are in love but the complications of life are constantly against them. Both Eleanor and Park are not people that would usually attract others but they begin to attract each other while they bond through music and comics. The two characters stick together despite the struggles of home life and school.
“He sat up. He smiled. Something heavy and winged took off from his chest.
Eleanor hadn’t written him a letter, it was a postcard.
Just three words long...”
This novel appeals mostly to young teenagers because the age group of the main characters is around 16 years old. The novel shows that even those who are different can find someone to make them feel loved. In today's generation kids feel like it is unacceptable to be unique but in the story the strangeness of the characters allows them to find the person that means the most to each of them. The best part of the book is that it is realistic. Eleanor struggles with her family and even though Park helps her through the toughest situations he can not truly save her from them.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten