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July 2013 Read of the Month Review

Just completed my July 2013 Read of the Month Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I purchased a copy to donate to my library at Carlson High School.  The book follows the relationship of Eleanor and Park from its beginning on a bus ride to high school.  Eleanor is a new student with no place to sit on the bus on her first day at her new school.  Park is kind enough to share his seat, while others are more willing to tease the odd looking new student.

Soon, the relationship begins to grow between Eleanor and Park as they share an interest in comic books and 80's alternative music.  The relationship faces a number of challenges: Eleanor is constantly bullied at school, Park's mixed family hold him to high standards while judging Eleanor and Eleanor faces a difficult home situation.

I really enjoyed the book.  While it appears to be a young-adult novel it really is an adult novel about young adults.  I really like how the point-of-view changes back and forth between Eleanor and Park.  Having two narrators allows the reader to learn so much about both characters and their families.  I found the plot exciting and the characters unique and entertaining.  The novel was realistic and entertaining.  There is quite a bit of vulgar language but it should be expected in any novel with teenagers as the main characters.

If you are a fan high school themed fiction you will love this book, especially if you are a fan of 1980's culture.  It might be the perfect read as we are heading into back to school time.  Happy reading!

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