Published: April 2012
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Read: 25th July 15
It’s 1986 and Eleanor Douglas is to start her new school and as not being the stereotypical teenager with her big red hair, full figure and bizaar fashion sense is the centre for some unwanted attention.
On the first day of school the bus is packed apart from one seat, next to Park who reluctantly lets her sit beside him.
From then onwards Eleanor sits next to Park everyday and slowly overtime a friendships is formed from sharing comics/books, mix tapes and other nerdy things.
Eleanor is unfortunately a victim of bullying due to her red hair/bizaar fashion and her home life isn’t any better with her stepfather Ritchie that hates her and is violent towards her mother, whereas Park has a loving family with an occasionally nagging father.
This book covers a few delicate topics such as domestic abuse, bullying and body image
One of the best books I have read this year! I read this in less than 24 hours and I haven’t done that in a while. This is my first Rainbow Rowell novel and definitely will not be the last.
I loved the relationship between these two, it was so sweet, sincere and heartwarming and I never wanted the book to end.
I felt so sorry for Eleanor for feeling so uncomfortable and not having a sense of belonging
This book just left me all warm and fuzzy inside.
I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars .