Book Club

 

Brittney Christine Online Book Club.

Starting February 1st, we will begin reading our first book: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor and Park Book

Summary of Book:

“An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: While Eleanor & Park is technically classified as YA lit and has a cutesy cover, don’t let the stigma of “books for teens” fool or deter you. It is written about teens, sure, but the themes are so universal that anyone who survived high school will relate to the lives of the two protagonists. Eleanor is the new girl in town and her wild red hair and patchwork outfits are not helping her blend in. She ends up sitting next to Park on the bus, whose tendencies towards comic books don’t jibe with the rest of his family’s love of sports.

They sit in awkward silence every day until Park notices that Eleanor is reading his comics over his shoulder; he begins to slide them closer to her side of the seat and thus begins their love story. Their relationship grows gradually–making each other mixed tapes (it is 1986 after all) and discussing X-Men characters–until they both find themselves looking forward to the bus ride more than any other part of the day. Things aren’t easy: Eleanor is bullied at school and then goes home to a threatening family situation; Park’s parents do not approve of Eleanor’s awkward ways. Ultimately, though, this is a book about two people who just really, really like each other and who believe that they can overcome any obstacle standing in the way of their happiness. It’s a gem of a book.” –Caley Anderson

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Join the Discussion!

On Tuesday, February 28th, starting at 9AM PST, I will post a discussion question (or two) once every hour. You can answer the questions then or wait until we all discuss them as a group 7PM PST. I decided to spread out the time like that so everybody has the opportunity to participate. I’m so excited to begin reading this book!

 

Question 1: 

Eleanor says she and Park are too young for true love. Do you believe that? Do you think Eleanor believes that?

Question 2: 

How do Eleanor and Park’s parents shape their outlook on relationships and the future?

Question 3: 

Why is Park embarrassed by Eleanor? Is his embarrassment a betrayal?

Question 4 

How would Eleanor and Park’s relationship be different in 2017? How would cell phones, digital music, and Internet access change their situation?

Question 5 

Why does Park’s mother change her mind about Eleanor?

Question 6: 

Steve says that he’s Park’s friend — is he a true friend? Are Steve and Tina good guys or bad guys in the story? Do you think Eleanor and Tina could ever be friends?

Question 7: 

What is the importance of music in Park’s life? And how is it different for Eleanor?

Question 8: 

What is the importance of music in Park’s life? And how is it different for Eleanor?