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Told in: Third person by two protagonists
Genre: YA contemporary
“Don’t bite his face, Eleanor told herself. It’s disturbing and needy and never happens in situation comedies or movies that end with big kisses.”
Swoon. Swoon. Swoon. This book was amazing. Eleanor & Park centers around two misfits trying to get through high school in the year 1986 but gradually fall in love. It all begins when new girl, Eleanor, steps onto the school bus and takes a sit next to Park. This isn’t instant love; disgust, anger, and judgment hinder communication and attraction. It isn’t until a comic book is brought onto the bus that things start to turn. Comic book reading, music listening, and finally small talking takes the two to another world and brings them closer. Park and Eleanor would rather think about each other, but at times their home life tears them apart. It’s clear from the beginning that both protagonists are imperfect but together they are perfection. Eleanor and Park are so real. The emotions they convey become your emotions. You love them as characters, but you love them more when they’re together. This is no ordinary romance; it will have you smiling stupidly, crying uncontrollably, and more than anything warming your heart. I haven’t read a book that was so realistic, so lovable, and so heartbreaking, all at the same time.
Recommend to: Everyone