After finishing Eleanor and Park, I am experiencing this:
This will happen to me from time to time after reading an especially good book. A book with characters who I worry about like they are real. Eleanor and Park are so real to me, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see them walking down the street.
The book is set in 1986 and tells the story of two unique people who end up sitting next to each other on the bus. Park has a penchant for punk music and Eleanor wears curtain tassels in her hair. For different reasons, they both stick out and in high school (and at home) this can be dangerous. Due to social pressures and trouble at home, it takes them a while to open up to each other, but when they do, they realize that they are “meant to be.”
This is a love story, but it’s also a story about surviving high school, dealing with abusive situations, and standing up for the people you care about. It’s beautifully written–funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.
Highly recommended (if you’re not afraid to get emotionally wrapped up in a book!)