Eleanor comes from the "wrong side of the tracks", with an alcoholic & abusive step-father, a submissive/passive mother, and three younger siblings who she has to protect and look out for. Park on the other hand, comes from a stable & loving middle class family who emphasize maintaining good grades and appearances. The two form an unlikely, but ultimately a strong friendship through the course of the school year.
What I loved about the book is that even though Eleanor's situation was desperate and sad to read about; it seemed realistic (not over the top) and gives readers a chance to experience what a rough childhood could look like. I also just loved Park, he is just a nice guy in this story. He is able to put up with Eleanor's crazy life and emotional swings, and he tries to understand her. A great lesson for Teens on what real love and friendship looks like.
YA Gateway Award Nominee 2015-2016