Eleanor and Park is the story of two teenagers in 1986 Omaha. They are both different and don’t quite fit in. They bond over comic books and music. Each day on the bus they become closer and closer without even speaking. Then one day they realize they can’t get enough of each other. It is first love in all its intensity. They are everything to each other and don’t need anyone or anything else.
I couldn’t get enough of this book. Eleanor and Park are both so intense in their own ways. Their love for each other is so all consuming. It is that first love where you don’t think you can go on without the other, where nothing else matters but being with that person. It is the first love where you don’t think anything else will ever compare. Their feelings were palpable and actually made me cringe at times because they were so intense. Her relationship with Park is a very good contrast to her horrible home life with a mother who has emotionally abandoned her children and an abusive step-father. I think I held my breath during the last few chapters of the book when everything came to a head. The ending left me wanting more and just a little bit heartbroken, but hopeful for the future.