Book of the Week

Book of the Week

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Eleanor and Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park is a novel set in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1986. It centres on two misfits: Eleanor, an insecure, book-loving girl with frizzy red hair, and Park, a quiet, comic book-loving, biracial boy. Their tentative romance develops as they share their love for books and music, but like all first loves, theirs is imperfect. Eleanor comes from a difficult household and has to keep their relationship secret. The novel deals with such issues as domestic and child abuse, racism, bullying and body image but also with what it’s like to know that your first love can’t last, while being brave enough to try. This novel is captivating, hopeful and funny, with wonderfully developed characters. Eleanor struggles with insecurities and bullying that almost everyone can relate to, and Park, although slight in stature, is strong, supportive and can make anyone swoon. This novel is a heart-wrenchingly accurate portrayal of first love and is sure to leave you reading (and crying) all night. If you enjoy this book, you might also enjoy Rowell’s other book, Fangirl, or The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

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