Monday, January 27, 2014

Eleanor and Park / Rainbow Rowell / 325 pages / Five Gold Rings December Challenge

"Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen year olds - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave enough to try."  Eleanor and Park meet on the school bus.  Eleanor is somewhat large, has massive red hair, and dresses eccentrically.  Park is half Korean, strong in martial arts, and a disappointment to his father.  Drawn to each other by common interests - music, comics, and similar senses of humor, the unlikely couple proves to everyone that love truly can conquer all.  Great, heart-warming and heart-rending family dynamics add texture and depth to this meaningful romance.  This is YA! - objectionable language and mature scenes are plentiful.

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