I want everyone to meet you. You’re my favorite person of all time.
Replace “person” with “book” and you know how I feel. This book just swept me off my feet
We have Eleanor, “Big Red,” the new girl in town.
Her home life is in shambles – she’s the oldest of her siblings and she’s developed enough that her stepfather has started noticing. (Yes, you read that right).
We have Park, half-Asian in a town full of whites, who’s the coolest kid in his school.
His life is not going to plan – his younger brother constantly shows him up, his father is never proud and his mother justdoesn’t get American high school.
One fateful meeting on a crowded bus sparked it all.
As Eleanor dithered from seat to seat, trying to find a spot when Park takes pity on her:
“Sit down.” He said it came out angrily. The girl turned him like she couldn’t tell whether he was another jerk or what.
“Jesus-Fuck,” Park said softly, nodding to the space next to him, “just sit down.”
Definitely NOT a typical YA romance. (Thank goodness).
This romance was grounded – it was crass (in the right sort of way) and sweet (but not saccharine).
I loved how love wasn’t the end-all-be-all of life.
Eleanor and Park’s romance is the kind that has you clutching the book, kicking your feet and squealing in relief at their happiness.
“No matter what happens,” Park said, “I love you.”