When Park lets Eleanor sit with him on the school bus, he doesn't know what to think of her. She's the new girl with bright red hair and weird clothes. He's intrigued by her, and they eventually become a couple. Eleanor's home life is terrible- her stepfather has just let her move back in and his abuse keeps her, her mother, and her four siblings in a constant state of dread. Eleanor hides her relationship with Park from them, knowing her stepfather will not allow it. Park is having his own problems, trying to make his mother understand why Eleanor is so important to him. This young adult love story is both tender and gritty as the couple tries to navigate hostile peers, difficult parents, and family secrets in order to stay together.