One extraordinary love.
Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.
Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Eleanor is the chubby new girl at school with her crazy read hair and her patched up crazy clothing. It's like she wants to be noticed, but she couldn't be invisible even if she wanted to. A year later she returns home, to where her mother and abusive stepfather kicked her out. Now she's living back with her siblings in a rather cramped house, where there is almost no privacy. On the first day of school, Eleanor is forced to sit next to the half Korean kid; Park, on the bus when everyone else pulls out the old "you can't sit here" excuse, though he refuses to make conversation, let alone look at her...
Park is the only Asian kid in the state of Nebraska (besides his younger brother Josh). He's a music junkie who loves alternative music and feels like his life would be easier if he could just learn to drive and get his driver's license. He's a pro in tae kwondo, which is basically the closet thing that he and his father get along in.
Although I was in love with the book, I must say that the unresolved ending and lazily written drama disappointed me. I just didn't like the ending without it's explanations as to why Eleanor did what she did at the end of the novel. Leaving unanswered questions in its path.