- The swearing. It’s sprinkled liberally throughout the book, and if this is something you typically avoid, you might want to avoid this book.
- Verbal, sexual, and physical abuse. Not tons, but not really appropriate for younger readers.
- The ending. It satisfies, but barely. Though I’m not sure there’s a better one.
Why You Should Read Eleanor & Park
- The characters. Eleanor and Park are real and vulnerable. We all knew kids like them in high school. We may even have been kids like them in high school.
- True love. First love. Love that is not puppy love or just a hook up. Love that matters.
- The writing. Rainbow Rowell describes a situation or a feeling with just the right phrase. Every single time.
- The setting. How often do you get to read a book set in 1986?
- Dual points of view. You get the story from Eleanor’s angle and from Park’s angle. It makes you care about the characters just that much more.
- The ending. It’s brilliant. It’s realistic, and it leaves you wanting more.