The categorization of young adult books is a very unclear category. It is a category that nobody really agrees on. Young adult categorization focuses on the age of 15 to 20s. The young adult categorization focuses on the characters decisions in a young person perspective and the results of those choices. These choices indulge into the outcomes that are inflicted onto the main character. It is usually the triumph story of an individual or the tragic story of the individual. A lot of these “Young Adult” books also focuses on relating to the typical teenagers/young adult life. The reason being is because it helps capture the attention of the reader. Whether young or old, everybody remembers the experiences as a young person. These experiences will forever resonate in your mind throughout adulthood.

The words, young adult resonate in my mind as I kept reading the book, Eleanor and Park. What does this book contribute to the category Young Adult? The first clue that I found was the profanity that is repeated throughout the whole piece. The very first page gave me a convincing nudge that helped me conclude that to be one of the factors why. In the first page, it displays a wide presentation of cursing at its finest. I love how each of the characters that is presented has a similar vocabulary that involves the trashing of a person. I believe in the first page, it gives out a certain message that wants to be translated to the audience. That message is that the language used in the book conveys the intense emotions of the characters being prescribed in the story. The use of profanity is usually connected to the strong emotions that want to be expressed. Profanity is a way of expressing an intense emotion towards something or someone. In the book, since it targets people from 15 to 20s, wants to build a type of connection between the audience’s life and the book. It helps build a relationship between the reader and the characters, to the point where the reader becomes more and more interested in what happens next. It is a skill that helps capture the audience’s attention. The language that is used throughout this whole book, is very relatable to the average young person. Throughout your years in high school, everything tends to be taken to a degree higher. People are more emotional and offended. In the first scene, it gives a great example of that. In the dialogue where Steve is explaining what Drunken Monkey style is, the conversation becomes profane. It describes an unknown character yelling at Steve, “You are full of sh*t”, in turn, making Steve yell back the same exact words. This short dialogue between two characters relates a lot to the offended nature that we all experienced when we were young. Thus contributing to the category “Young Adult”. The sudden offensive words that were directed to Steve, made Steve felt vulnerable and weak as a male. Steve, feeling weak decided to offend the abstract character back. This represents how most of us in our young adult stages would do. Maybe, even some of us at adulthood. In high school/college, many people would agree with me that it is where you discover who you are as an individual. The profanity that is used represents what usually happens in a high school, thus creating that connection instantly to draw in the young people.

As a teenager/young adult, everything tends to be looked at whether the individual is attractive, wealthy, or cool. This is especially true in high school. In high school, everything is thought at a shallow level, inclining young people to become more materialistic. In page 8, they give an accurate representation of that. In this page, they describe the appearance of Eleanor and the harassment that occurs shortly afterward. The description gives you a detailed, vivid image, so detailed that you know something is going to happen. Something bad. Of course, despite the typical first day of school scenario, there is a reason why the author chose to go that route. The author wants you to develop a distinct image of her. This image contributes to our understanding to why she is being judged. As common people, we have a carnal nature. This nature inside us tends to induce us to judge people by appearance. Because of this nature, we can come to understand that if we were brought forth an image like that, we would be judging as well. Since the author is painting Eleanor to be a fat clumsy mess, it brings forth an ugly image that we aren’t used to. This image brings us back to high school, where the judgment concerning appearance bombarded each and every high schooler’s lives. In the text, “She was dressed like . . . like she wanted people to look at her. Or maybe like she didn’t get what a mess she was.” This sentence gives a detailed example that describes the judgment that was taking place when Park bestowed his eyes upon her. His first glance of judgment is relatable to a lot of us. When a teenager/young adult first looks at an ugly image, their natural reaction is to act negatively to it. This represents a lot of us in our younger years, where we act in rash ways to people because of a shallow reason. This book presented this particular scene, to bring forth one purpose. That purpose is to expose the mentality of the Park, who thinks and acts like a normal young person. Exposing this mentality helps connect our own experiences with the characters, thus creating that bond between the characters and the reader.

Going back to what makes the book fit into the notion “Young Adult”, one of the things I mentioned above was that the young adult category focuses a lot on the protagonist choices and the outcome of those choices. In page 9, it presents a choice that is given. To whether if Park, should let Eleanor sit down next to him in his seat. This scene is very important to the contribution of the “Young Adult” category. As a young adult, making a rash decision is a common mistake. In the sentence, “before he’d even decided to do it, Park scooted toward the window. ‘Sit down,’ he said. It came out angrily”. This part gives a detailed description of a rash decision that Park thought he had made. “Park turned toward the Plexiglas window and waited for the world of suck to hit the fan” which represents how Park is regretting his decision. Many people say it is the hormonal changes that are occurring that contribute to these mistakes. But because of this rash decision that Park made in page 9, what is seem like a faulted decision became one of the best decisions ever made. Because of this decision, Eleanor was able to share intimate moments with Park, developing their interesting relationship that represents what is so called, a “Young Adult” book.


Works Cited

Rowell, Rainbow. “1.” Eleanor & Park. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. N. page. Print.