R. J. Palacio

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Eleanor is a "smart kid" who Via becomes friends with in her second week of high school. They knew each other in middle school, but Via didn't like her much then. Through Eleanor, Via gains access to the smart kid lunch table, which is where she meets her boyfriend, Justin.
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...to not see them, and in October, she starts hanging out with a girl named Eleanor. Eleanor is funny and smart kid, and so Via begins having lunch with her at... (full context)