Eleanor and Park is an original love story between an awkward girl and quiet boy. They met on the school bus and shared a seat that would bind the two for the entire course of the year. They’re total opposites, coming from families with completely different backgrounds. Eleanor, who comes from a household filled with hostility and apprehension, only wants to live out her school days in peace and get away from her difficult life, but she’s not exactly a girl who can fit in and abide by the crowd. Park, the boy who lives in his brother’s shadow and tries to stay in good with the popular kids, wants more than anything to finish high school without having to worry about looking over his shoulder.
Park has nothing in common with Eleanor, but there’s something about her that captures his interest. She’s an oddball, from her crazy red curls to her boyish clothes. He knows nothing about her, except that she’s taking a linking to his music and comic books.
Eleanor doesn’t know what to think of the boy she sits next to on the bus. He was the only person to offer her a seat when she got on the bus to her new school, although not so kindly. But he does these small things, things that make her slowly feel more at ease sitting next to him on a bus that leads her from one hell to another.