Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Powell
St. Martin’s Press (2013)
328 pages, 5 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor and Park is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
I read on Book Riot that Eleanor and Park was banned in Minnesota and had to pick up a copy. I’m so glad that I did. This is an inspiring and heartbreaking story about two young kids who have to grow up too quickly. Their love for each other grows as they share comic books and music on the bus to school. But their relationship is challenged by a number of things including Eleanor’s crazy/drunk stepdad. What I thought was so great about this book was that the characters were just regular kids. Eleanor was overweight and Park was half-Asian in an almost all-white Midwestern community. But to eachother they were beautiful and smart and unique.
ABOUT THE OUTFIT: My dear thrift-store shopper, struggle into these slim fitting black jeans. Your man wears all black, but with your red hair, that’s not really a look you can pull off. So pull this oversized shirt on—it might have belonged to someone’s uncle once upon a time, but you like it because it’s loose and forgiving.
Pair the plaid shirt with this puffy vest that will keep you warm in the Omaha winters. Slip into these cognac colored boots. There are holes in the soles, but you do your best not to let anyone see. This bright bag is the color of your hair. It’s hard to miss and sometimes you might wish it were a different color, but it’s what makes you unique.
Line your eyes with this kohl pencil. You look striking and love the feeling of power that it gives you. Some people even say it makes you look like a rockstar. What could be better?
These Batman headphones are vintage circa 1986. You and Park like talking about Batman and other comics. But you love when he makes you a mixed tape. You scrawl the lyrics out on your books to cover up all the nasty messages left by your mysterious adversary. Finally, resting close to your heart is the pansy charm that Park gave you.