Eleanor & Park - WikipediaTwo misfits on the bus to school, in fair Omaha where we lay our scene. A pair of star-crossed lovers swap cassettes, and try to keep their comic books pristine. Their romance happens in the wrong place at the wrong time, but together, Eleanor and Park are anything but wrong. Eleanor, new at school, stands out in a crowd: She's got fiery red hair, a curvy body type, and a thing for wearing men's clothing, so from day one, she's targeted by bullies at school and on the bus. This is roses and sunshine compared to Eleanor's home life, though, where her stepdad, Richie, is a violent alcoholic who keeps Eleanor's household in a state of constant terror. Park's upbringing is happy and sheltered in comparison, but he's got his own set of issues. Raised by a Korean mom and an Army vet dad, Park's set apart by his race and his interest in music and comic books.
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Eleanor and Park is defiantly not the typical high school romance. Eleanor is the new girl, the girl with the crazy red hair and the strange clothes. Park is the quiet Asian boy who does everything in his power to avoid bringing attention to himself: until Eleanor walks onto the bus. The two awkwardly sit together never speaking, until they come to the conclusion that they share a common interest in comics and good music. Once their barrier of silence is broken they are propelled into a whirlwind of first love. And while neither has a perfect life they manage to find solace with each other. I just have to start with the fact that this book just blew me away.
Happy sigh. Rainbow Rowell starts off her book with music. Not surprising, I suppose, since Eleanor and Park are both pictured with headphones on the book cover. But this hooked me right away--and I'm not sure I realized the book was set in the 80s at first. However, Rowell establishes time right away with the mention of mixed tapes and a tape deck.
Pages, ISBN · Eleanor & Park is the first young adult novel written by Rainbow Rowell. Published in , the.
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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.
Published in , the story follows dual narratives by Eleanor and Park, two misfits living in Omaha, Nebraska from to Eleanor, a chubby  year-old girl with curly red hair, and Park, a half-Korean, year-old boy, meet on a school bus on Eleanor's first day at the school and gradually connect through comic books and mix tapes of '80s music, sparking a love story. Eleanor Douglas is beginning 10th grade. She is the oldest in a family of two girls and three boys. All the children live with their mother and stepfather, Richie, in a tiny two-bedroom house.