Eleanor's life is anything but perfect. She has recently rejoin her family after being kicked out of her home with them by her horrible step father. Eleanor deals with her siblings' grimy hands getting in her things and her step-father's drunken abuse on a daily basis, it is enough to make her want to run away. Then she meets Park. Park is the beautiful asian boy who she sits next to on the bus. Although their friendship is rocky at first they slowly grow closer and closer despite the obstacles in their lives that struggle to keep them apart.
I absolutely loved this book. It is a romance through and through. One thing I really enjoyed about this book is the language in it, Rowell is an excellent story teller and writer. Eleanor's situation may not be something that all student's deal with, but her insecurities and high school experiences are extremely easy to relate to.