In this section of the novel Park and Eleanor are on the bus. Park is reading one of his favorite comic books and Eleanor was reading along. She thought that Park didn't notice her reading along. Then when she got to her stop to get off, Park handed her the comic book so she could finish it at home.
The text states “They were still reading it when they got to Eleanor’s stop- there was so much going on, they both stared at every frame for like, entire minutes- and when she got up to leave, he handed it to her. Eleanor was so surprised, she tried to hand it back, but he’d already turned away. She shoved the comic between her books like it was something secret, then got off the bus”(Rowell 39).
This quote helps the plot of the book move forward because now Eleanor and Park have something that they share in common which will help them get to know eachother better and create a bond. This will lead to them talking more and let them become closer. The characters will now see each other as a friend instead of a complete stranger.