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Read This! Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Briana, Evergreen Library

Eleanor and Park are both outcasts - Eleanor for her wild red hair, weird clothes, and painfully difficult home life, Park for being a half-Korean comic book nerd in white, working class Omaha. When they meet on the school bus in 1986 and gradually bond over their shared love of X-Men and music, Eleanor and Park know their relationship will face obstacles. They're "smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try."

This is a smart, touching love story told in short alternating chapters. While it's full of '80s musical references, you don't have to be old enough to remember Walkmans and mix tapes to enjoy this story. Eleanor and Park are complex and relatable characters, whose adolescent struggles are universal. If you're a sucker for John Hughes movies or you love John Green's books, you'll like Eleanor and Park!