Eleanor & Park strikes me as a coming-of-age book with a little more meat. Fitted with a tagline of ‘You never forget your first love’, I was intrigued by its nostalgic feel and 1986 setting. Eleanor is the new girl in town. She’s the awkward, red headed, style sensitive girl with an insane home life, and she’s just moved back in with her mother and her new partner.
Within a matter of moments, I found myself relating to Eleanor as the protagonist as she duly heads to school and makes that fiction-famous First Bus Ride. Taking a seat next to Park, the mania of school life and the vicious friendship cycle begins. Park is quiet, careful, cool and mysterious. Equally accepted and rejected by the social elite in school, Park holds an enviable position, yet slowly and steadily, Eleanor and Park fall in love.
I loved reading E&P for relatable points and a compelling yet relatively easy to digest storyline. There’s a lot of meatier content in there and the novel effortlessly blends nostalgic love themes with sad and shocking issues. A perfect winter read for solo evenings or frosty morning commutes.