Publishing year: 2013
This is a story about teenagers.
Park is half Korean, half American, and he’s not the most popular boy in his school. One day there is a new girl, Eleanor, on the school bus, and as she doesn’t have anywhere else to sit, he reluctantly offers the place next to him. Yet, he doesn’t offer the seat gracefully, and he doesn’t talk to her when every day she sits next to him.
Eleanor is also one to receive derisive comments from the other teenagers in her new school. Her story is quite terrible. Her mother lives with Richie and her other four siblings. We know that Richie is not a good guy, who ill-treats Eleanor’s mother and even kicked Eleanor out a year ago. It is now that she has been welcomed back home. Eleanor obviously loathes Richie, and I can’t understand how a woman puts a man over her children. How could Eleanor’s mother let Richie throw the child out of the house? That’s simply outrageous. And how can she put up with somebody like him? After a year, her mother and the family have moved to a much smaller house. Eleanor has to share the bedroom with her siblings, and what shocks her most is that her siblings have come to accept Richie and even call him dad.
Interesting start. I’m not into YA literature, but this sounds like a nice book. I guess that Park and Eleanor will grow closer in the end. Eleanor really needs a friend in this hostile world she lives, and Park also sounds quite lonely too.