Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
It’s 1986, and Eleanor, (Stereotypical “Red-Headed-Stepchild” who comes from an abusive home), is the new girl in school. Park (good family, good grades, good life) is the only one who feels sorry enough for her to let her share his seat on the bus. Little does he know that when he does, his whole life will change. First love, man.
I read this book in about two days. It was sweet, and smart, and even cringeworthy and abrasive (Warning: LOTS of F-Bombs!) at times. It took me right back to high school, when I thought my clothes and taste in music were what defined me, but eventually realized it really is what’s inside you that truly makes you who you are. Also, if this book had a soundtrack, I’d totally buy it!
I give Eleanor & Park a B+.
Also by Rainbow Rowell: Attachments, Fangirl, and Landline.