An amazing book that makes you think, love, and cry. A lot.
This is one of those books that makes you stop and think... Wow. That is something. The characters are lovable (except for Richie. Richie is evil. Like, really really EVIL!), it's an accurate description of high school students, and it can be pretty funny at times. Eleanor and Park show a loving relationship along with Park's parents. It is obvious that Park cares a lot about Eleanor. Tina and Steve help Eleanor when she needs it most, even though they were jerks in the begging. Eleanor cares about her Mom and her mom cares about her too. Eleanor wants to save her siblings, but can't. Along with all these redeeming qualities, it also can be disturbing to younger readers. A rude "kid" (note the quotation marks) writes extremely dirty, sexual, and disturbing comments on Eleanor's note book that make her very uncomfortable. And the reader. Eleanor and Park have sex in the back of his car, though it's barely described. (It describes her arching her back. That's it.) There is also a bit of a make out session that describes the two love birds kissing and their shirts coming off. (Eleanor's bar stays on.) It is implied that Richie wants to sexually abuse Eleanor at a very scary part of the book. Richie is an alcoholic and abuse's Eleanor's mom and siblings. He yells at the kids. It is mentioned that Eleanor was sent away for a year because Richie was mad at her and never called for her for a year. At the end of the book, a character runs away because of a threatening situation. Kids make fun of Eleanor. Park and his friend have a physical fight because he was being a jerk to Eleanor. As for the language in this book... There are f bombs, sh*t, a**, h*ll, d*mn, basically any common swear word you can think of. Swearing is quite often. Well, this wraps up my review of the amazing Eleanor and Park. Thanks for reading and sorry about any spelling errors!
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness