Eleanor and Park are two sixteen-year-olds forced to sit on a school bus together in the 1980s in Omaha, Nebraska. The two could not be more different. Eleanor, the new girl in town, was a tall red head who had trouble making new friends, was anti-social, dressed weird, and had a bad home life. Park, a bleak half-Korean comic book-lover, was a short guy who had an average home, and school life, and was only trying to figure his life and himself out. After moving to a new home, Eleanor had to endure her stepfather (whom she did not get along with) and four younger siblings. Eleanor had never had a room to herself, and had very few things under her name. Life was miserable and the only way she could control herself was to bury herself in books and music. Park also had his own issues. Park felt as if he could never fit in, so he kept to himself. The first time they met, Park was very mean to her, but with time and patience, they were able to form an understanding through comic books, mixed tapes, and short, quiet conversations, all of which led them to fall in love with each other.
I believe Rainbow Rowell shows us the beauty in the broken. When I first read Eleanor and Park, it reminded me of how sweet love can be, but also how cruel the world can be. Eleanor and Park is an achingly good book about love and outsiders. It will take you through a journey of tears, happiness, confusion, and life lessons. Eleanor and Park is a good book for anyone that can read, is in love, is not in love, and/or just enjoys romance novels. I truly recommend you reading this book, but I must warn you, when you pick it up you will not want to put it down! What I most loved about this book was how it left you in need for more, in need for more answers, in need for more endings. I loved how it made me catch butterflies, and reminded me of similar situations... How it made my heart warm, cold, and broken all at the same time.