Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin’s Griffin, NY 2013
2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
What a poignant, sweet love story between two high school students. Eleanor considers herself a misfit: she’s too fat and she has curly, red hair. She wears the clothes she and her mother scrounge from thrift shops, and her real father’s left-overs. She lives with her mother, step-father, and her younger siblings. Money is scarce and step-father Richie is scary.
Park’s mother is Korean. His father is a white American veteran. Park seems to be a misfit in his own family. When, on the first day of school, Park reluctantly offers Eleanor a seat on the bus, a seed is planted. The two bond over Park’s comic books, and music. Their relationship blossoms. Eleanor tries to conceal her home life from Park. Eventually, though…I won’t tell you more.
In searching for a copy of the book’s cover, I discovered a wealth of images and fan art. Apparently Eleanor and Park is a popular novel, as well as a prizewinner. Rainbow Rowell also writes The Runaways comic books for Marvel.
Read this one, if you haven’t already. It’s really good.