Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
My enjoyment rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hangover rating: 4
Source: Personal copy
Genre: YA fiction
Objectionable material: strong language, sexual innuendo
Park rides the bus.
Eleanor is new to riding the bus.
The only place to sit on the bus is next to Park because Steve, Tina and their posse refuse to let Eleanor sit anywhere else.
With Park's quick slide toward the window, Eleanor finds a seat -- and what will turn out to be, her salvation.
Rainbow Rowell has written the pitch perfect novel of outcasts, bullying, dysfunction, abuse and frenetic, impassioned young love.
She is flawless in encapsulating Park and Eleanor's relationship -- two teens who have nowhere else to turn except to each other.
The danger and peril that exists in Eleanor's home and with her siblings is heartbreaking. But with Park's bravery they find a way to...survive.
This is a book that will linger with you a long time.
I will certainly be reading Rainbow Rowell's other novels!