I didn’t hold out too much hope when I first opened up this book. It seemed like it was going to be some cheesy love story. But as soon as I found out it was set in 1986, it gave it a different feel and I was more interested then!
This is the story of sixteen-year-old Eleanor and Park. Eleanor is vibrant. Brightly coloured clothing, unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more. Park sits at the back of the bus, with his loud music, just trying to make himself invisible. When they are forced to sit together on the bus, they won’t talk. But eventually, they begin to talk and they fall in love fast.
They exchange comic books and mixtapes and connect over a love of the same music. But Eleanor has a difficult home life. She has only just returned from being kicked out a year ago. She lives with her Mum, Stepdad and 4 younger siblings. So that means she has a whole lot more to deal with than just the bullies at school.
Time for my ratings
Realism – ♥♥♥♥
Relatability – ♥♥♥
Plot Climax – ♥♥
Big Reveal – ♥
Overall – ♥♥♥♥
The characters are very real and relatable. I love the story and it is really sweet. However, one thing that really annoyed me, was how disappointing the endinf=g was! I was sad at how much I had fallen in love with the characters just to be let down! Maybe you didn’t feel the same way. I won’t tell you, but let me know if you felt the same way. What do you think the three words are? I am pretty sure I know, but I want to know what you think! Let me know in the comments.
I really think this is worth a read l et me know if you do!
Lots of love