Article Title

Eleanor and Park


Katelyn Osborn


Dependable, Young Adult, Rainbow Rowell, Teen Romance, Bravery, Abuse, Bullies

Document Type

Book Review


When Park sees the chubby new girl with the oversized clothes and a big frizzy red mop of hair looking for a seat on the bus, he knows what his friends are thinking and what he would usually think – stay FAR away. But inexplicably, he moves over so she can sit down next to him. Thus begins the unlikely relationship that is “Eleanor and Park”. What starts as an innocent friendship founded on comic books and punk music turns into something more, something they’ve never felt before, something that makes Eleanor feel like the incessant bullying at school and living with her abusive stepfather, mousy mother, and throng of little siblings could be bearable. Park sees her for the strong, independent girl she’s always been, but somehow never saw in herself, and ultimately gives her the courage to make her life her own – even if it might mean she leaves his for good.