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Feb 21

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Anna (Concord Public Library)

Juliana's review was published in the Concord Insider on February 11.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
2013, 328 pages
grade 9

In the suburbs of Omaha in 1986, two misfit teenagers come together in a whirlwind romance that takes everyone by surprise. Eleanor, at 16, is living in a broken home with an abusive stepfather and four younger siblings, all of whom share a single room. At school, she suffers abuse because of her large frame and awkward taste in clothing. But everything changes when she meets Park. Park is the half-Korean son of a tough-as-nails army veteran, and feels just as misplaced in his family as Eleanor does in hers. Together, Park and Eleanor share an incredible and almost immediate connection. Eleanor & Park is a charming and realistic glimpse into teenage love, especially in the midst of considerable adversity. A must-read YA title for fans of John Green.

This title is available at CPL in print and as an audio download.

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