Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell, is a novel about young love and trying to fit in. This 325-page novel is told from the points of view of both Eleanor and Park, in 1986. Eleanor is the new girl in town and is automatically labeled as the "weird girl"-- she keeps to herself, and dreams of the day she can move out of her hostile living environment and never turn back, until she meets Park. Park has lived in the same suburban town his whole life. He has learned to just stay under the radar and try not to attract any attention to himself. When Eleanor and Park first meet, they don't fully understand this connection they have. They start off as just two people sharing a seat on the bus, but when Park notices his attraction to her he decides to make a move, by starting a conversation about music and their favorite artists and songs. Eleanor is very hesitant to get attached to anyone because of her traumatic history, but Eleanor ends up semi-opening up to Park and they become a couple. With everyone at school making fun of them, and Eleanor having to keep their romance a secret, their relationship definitely has many obstacles.
I personally think that this is one of the best books I have read. I am in the 9th grade and would recommend this book to people around my age, it's definitely a young adult book. I feel that anyone can relate to either one of these characters, feeling like an outcast or trying to belong. I feel that if people read this book, they would understand that the way you perceive someone isn't the way they are. I have recommended this book to my friends and they have read and enjoyed it just as much or maybe a little more than I have. On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest, I would definitely rate it a 5. The cover to this book is very simple but yet it relates so much to the book, it shows Eleanor and Parks' relationship and what brings them together.