Eleanor and Park Chapter 37-48 Summary & Analysis

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Eleanor and Park

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Eleanor and Park Chapter 37-48 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 37 Summary: Eleanor 

Eleanor wonders why she and Park never have the opportunity to be totally by themselves. In fact, this same topic has been heavily weighing on Park’s mind lately and he worries that he will not be able to get his driver’s license while his dad is still mad at him. He talks with Eleanor about the fact that his father is still upset with him, and Eleanor consoles Park by saying that his father obviously still loves him.

Eleanor herself is feeling more optimistic as of late because she is starting to think that Park’s mom really does like her now. It has become a common occurrence for Park’s mother to experiment on Eleanor with new makeup products. One day, Park’s mom tells Eleanor that she wished she had a daughter like Eleanor, and Eleanor could not help but wish she had relatives like Park’s family.

Chapter 38 Summary: Eleanor 

For Eleanor, “Wednesday nights are the worst” because Park is preoccupied with taekwondo practice and it has grown too cold to play outside (233). This forces Eleanor and her siblings to stay cooped up in their room in order to avoid Richie. Eleanor’s siblings tell her that they know she is dating Park and that Richie will make her leave if he finds out. Eleanor makes a deal with Maisie that she can use Eleanor’s makeup and read her comics if she does not tell their mom about Park.

Meanwhile, Park’s dad is still ignoring Park. It gets to the point that he feels like his father only loves him because he is obligated to by their blood relation. Park feels that wearing makeup to school has angered his father in a very final kind of way. The chapter ends with Eleanor wondering what to do: she knows her siblings will soon spill the beans to their mom about her relationship to Park. 

Chapter 39 Summary: Eleanor 

Eleanor goes to Park’s house and they finally decide to hang out alone in Park’s room. Eleanor asks him why he never hangs out with his old friends, and Park just says that he does…

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