Eleanor and Park is by Rainbow Rowell. Park is the son of a Korean mother and an American father who feels like an outsider in the town that is his home. One day a new girl gets on the school bus, a new girl who everyone makes fun of. Eleanor has red hair, is overweight, and dresses in a very different manner from the other girls. Park allows her to sit on the seat next to him and a relationship begins to develop that changes both their lives. A stunning, emotionally-charged book that is about teens, but not necessarily for teens. A fantastic book!
Ratings: 11th grade - 9 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).