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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Book Summary

The thing about people is that most of us are searching for people who understand and appreciate us - even if, or perhaps especially if - we are unusual. Eleanor and Park are both unusual characters, and this book, told through both perspectives, is about their connection with each other.
Eleanor & Park book cover
Eleanor & Park

Book Review

There is so much to appreciate about this love story and its quirky characters. The disturbing home life for one character could be an eye-opener for some upper middle class readers, and a good discussion point about how to support people in that situation. This book is set in the 80s, and goes beyond superficial nods to the time period like leg warmers, with pop culture references to things like LYLAS, Hall & Oates, and Webster.
Strong language makes it inadvisable for upper elementary.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • First Romance
  • Family Relationships
  • Alcoholic Parent
  • Comic Book Fans
  • Interracial Dating, Being of Mixed Race in 1980s U.S.
  • Trust, Forgiveness
  • Being Unusual

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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