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Teen Book Review: Eleanor & Park

Teen Book Review: Eleanor & Park

Posted by Mary on April 25, 2020

Library Student Page Book Reviews - For Teens By Teens

Hi! My name is Lily, and I’m 18 years old. I am a Student Page at the L.E. Shore Library, and today I will be writing a book review on the young adult novel Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Eleanor & Park is definitely not the typical high school romance. The novel is written in the third person, but the narrative alternates between both the point of view of Eleanor, and the point of view of Park. The two sixteen year old protagonists of the novel meet in an awkward encounter on the bus when they are forced to sit together. 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. Throughout the book, Eleanor and Park slowly begin to form a connection over the course of their bus rides, and share the understanding of being an “outsider.” Once their initial barrier of silence is broken, they are propelled into a whirlwind of first love.

I would recommend Eleanor & Park to anyone who enjoys love stories and depth in a light-hearted novel. Every page you turn is rich with love, laughter, and feeling. Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop.

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