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Read it because it's just amazing. Really cute.
posted Jun 13, 2013 at 5:50PM
Eleanor & Park’s friendship begins when Eleanor is unable to find an empty seat on the school bus and Park, with a mutter and a scowl, reluctantly makes room. Day by day, their connection grows, from awkward silence to hushed but animated discussions around comics and music, until they inexplicably find themselves in a relationship. Eleanor is awkward and penniless, living in a dysfunctional family; Park struggles to fit in in his own way as a child of Irish and Korean parents, but he and Eleanor somehow seem to fit together.
Eleanor & Park is a cute, somewhat fluffy read, though with some darker undertones. While the personalities, actions and fears of these two teenagers felt genuine, at times the internal dialogues seemed forced and unreal. However, I considered that it could perhaps be due to how far removed I am myself from the thoughts of a teenager! I think I expected to love the book a bit more than I did, and was for a while leaning toward a three-star rating, but when I recall how enthusiastically I looked forward to my next opportunity to read during my breaks at work, that feeling boosts it up to a solid four.
posted Apr 11, 2014 at 12:03PM
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Moves to a new school; doesn't feel like she belongs there;.
Feels Eleanor doesn't belong at his school; falls for Eleanor.