eleanor & park by Rainbow Rowell
If you could really use a smile, laugh or even a good cry, eleanor & park has it all. For many of us, high school was rough—an emotional war zone we were lucky to survive—and Rainbow Rowell plops us straight into the hierarchy of bus seat real estate, humiliating gym uniforms & the pain of being the misfit amongst the dog-eat-dog atmosphere imposed by the popular. If you love music, if you love the 80s, if you can always go for a coming-of-age, young love story—this’ll hook you from page one. When an author makes sense of the white-hot confusion & intensity of adolescence, it’s magic that transports us to the best & worst parts of growing up. This is a funny, heartbreaking & hopeful read that’s unexpected & familiar all at once.