Today’s Book Spotlight is on Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Park is the only Asian kid in his small town in Nebraska. He’s quiet and more interested in music and comics rather than sports. He’s survived by keeping his head down and trying to blend into as much as possible. He doesn’t want life to be any harder than it needs to be.
Eleanor is new in town and it seems like she’s a magnet for hardship. She’s too big, her hair is too red and curly, and she dresses like a total weirdo. It’s almost like she’s inviting people to make fun of her the way they do. Park doesn’t want anything to do with her because she’s certain to draw the wrong kind of attention.
Except they sort of get forced to sit together on the bus and Eleanor reads his comics over his shoulder and that changes everything. Suddenly, Park wants to be around her all the time and he’s falling for her–falling fast. Eleanor seems to be falling for him too, but there is something holding her back and no matter how many times he asks, she won’t tell him. But Park’s okay with that. She’ll tell him on her own time, and he’s just happy being with her. For now.
Eleanor and Park is about two misfits trying to hold on to love through terrible circumstances. If you like romances, you’ll definitely want to check this out. And you might want to check it out even if you aren’t into romances. If you’d like us to hold a copy of this book for you, please fill out the book request form and we’ll have it for you the next time we come to your school!