January 2013 Indie Next List
“Eleanor doesn't have much going for her. Life with her mom and stepdad is minute-to-minute scary and the kids at her new school have singled her out for torment. Somehow into this reality comes Park, who is just trying to keep his head down and not make waves at home or school. These two misfits fall in love to a 1980s soundtrack. With humor and unflinching candor, Rowell propels readers through a story of first love and the courage it takes to keep going when all the odds are against you.”
— Julie Wilson, The Bookworm, Omaha, NE
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfitssmart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you ll remember your own first loveand just how hard it pulled you under.