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Eleanor & Park [Paperback]

Rainbow Rowell
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Book Description

28 Feb 2013
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409120546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409120544
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love, but what it's like to be young and in love with a book (John Green, author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS)

The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too (BOOKLIST starred review)

Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love, but what it's like to be young and in love with a book (John Green, author of The Fault in our Stars)

A breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders (Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss)

Eleanor and Park is completely beautiful. Set in 1986 and full of retro pop culture references, it's a book I want to share with everyone. . . I don't think a single person could read this book and not have their heart melted. (ONCE UPON A BOOKCASE)

Deliriously beautiful . . . My only problem with this book was that I finished it. And I knew I wanted to keep it in my life, always (Jenny Bird for Forever Young Adult)

This sexy, smart, tender romance thrums with punk rock and true love (Gayle Forman, bestselling author of If I Stay)

Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution - imperfect but believable - maintains the novel's delicate balance of light and dark (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too (Booklist, starred review)

Good luck putting down Eleanor & Park . . . You'll melt at all the tiny moments that add up to a killer romance (Seventeen)

Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike (Kirkus, starred review)

An honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love (The Horn Book, starred review)

a perfect book and I recommend it to everyone over the age of thirteen. I don't believe I have conveyed even a fraction of how utterly fantastic it was and all I can do is prompt you to grab a copy and brace yourself (GUARDIAN ONLINE 2014-08-15)


“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”
—John Green, The New York Times Book Review

"This sexy, smart, tender romance thrums with punk rock and true love."
-- Gayle Forman, bestselling author of IF I STAY

“Eleanor & Park is a breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders.”
—Stephanie Perkins, author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eleanor and Park 18 May 2013
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Eleanor and Park is one of those books I'm still thinking about a week after finishing it. It left me a little but heartbroken, strangely happy and very much in love with Eleanor and Park and their unlikely pairing.

Set in 1986, Eleanor and Park features many references to my favourite 80's music, including Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Smiths. There isn't a mobile phone or laptop in sight; instead our characters communicate via landlines, mix tapes and actual real-life conversation. I loved that this book was set in the 80's - I felt that I got to know Eleanor and Park better, and I also got to live in my favourite musical era for a while. Everything was different back then, and this book really shows that.

Now, I need to talk about Eleanor and Park. At first I didn't particularly like either of them: I thought Park was mean and I thought Eleanor was quiet and irritating, but I quickly changed my mind on both counts. These two belong together, and that's evident in the way they help each other and make each other's lives better. It all started with X-Men comics but it ended with a lot more than that.

Eleanor's home life is a big part of her story, allowing author Rainbow Rowell to cover some very serious issues while somehow managing not to make it too bleak or overly dark. The contract between Eleanor's and Park's parents is stark, and definitely made me extra grateful for my family. I felt sorry for Eleanor but at the same time I felt empowered by her and the way she wanted to change and make a difference.

Eleanor and Park is one of those books you just have to read. You'll be transported into another decade where life was slightly simpler, technology was a luxury and the Watchmen comics were just being published for the very first time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This story centers on two teenagers in the 80s, one half Korean boy who lives a fairly cushy life, and a slightly overweight girl living with her highly dysfunctional family in a small and run down home with little money. These two do not seem like the type to get along, but a gradual relationship develops between the two as they sit together on the bus each morning. There isn't a trace of insta-love in this novel and the relationship between Eleanor and Park develops very slowly but you savour each and every moment.

I think what's great about this book is that it isn't your typical high school romance. This isn't a story about "opposites attract", but rather the interesting development of a relationship between two very different characters that somehow complement each other. These characters are not perfect, they are flawed individually and as a couple; they argue lots and sometimes Eleanor/Park really annoyed me (REALLY annoyed me), but I liked this about Eleanor & Park because it made the characters seem more real and alive. This novel isn't sappy in the slightest, and if it is, then a character acknowledges the sappiness of the situation, which again, makes these characters seem real; they are definitely not characters living in a world of make believe. It is probably Eleanor's difficult home life which keeps this story grounded as she comes from a difficult background. She has a large family and is often picked on at school but her attitude towards these things seem more realistic as she is sometimes brave, but not always, she is sometimes selfish, but recognises this, though acknowledges that guilt doesn't make her feel any different. There is just something so raw and truthful about the everything that goes through these two teenagers mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time... 26 July 2014

The plot has the makings of a John Green hit. I wondered for a moment if it could be the next The Fault in Our Stars; a story dealing with real issues in a non-paranormal world. So, does it hold a light to John Green? No. The story has the potential to really push the domestic abuse to the limit but I kind of feel like Rowell just glosses over it. It’s always hovering in the background but it’s never tackled head-on. The love story motif isn’t enough to carry the plot. Eleanor’s and Park’s initial meeting is sweet but there needs to be another element or the domestic abuse needs to be dealt with because the plot is flat. I was satisfied with the ending but I felt like Rowell could have worked harder in the beginning and middle parts to make me empathise with her characters.



The narration is third-person but focuses in on Eleanor and Park. It’s extremely clinical to the point where I don’t warm to either character. Each voice should be distinctive but instead, there’s nothing to distinguish them. They read the exact same. For dual voices to work, both characters need to have different lexicons, different ways of seeing things and different thought processes. I don’t get that here and a lot of the time, Rowell uses words that undercut the language associated with each character. A perfect example is when Eleanor can’t help but look at Park with “gooey eyes”.



The characters are as flat as my Mam’s (for Americans = Mom’s and for Brits = Mum’s) pancakes. Mr. Stessman is an inconsistent character. Park’s Mom comes off a bit stereotypical and one-dimensional at times. I like Eleanor. She’s the only character where I feel like the reader might almost connect to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Eleanor & Park.
All I can say is wow, just wow. This book is just brilliant.

I read this book along with a free audio-book I managed to find on Youtube (because I was in a reading slump... Read more
Published 9 hours ago by mikayla
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Eleanor & Park is a bittersweet love story, with added humour, sadness, domestic violence, bullying.... the list goes on, this book has so much. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kayleigh Bourton
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Absolutely loved this book! Such a lovely story line. I love how short the chapters are I couldn't put it down.
Published 3 days ago by GraceHxoxo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book- fab holiday read!
Published 5 days ago by Mrs k ambrose
4.0 out of 5 stars Chick-flick
I would recommend to all teenage girls. it was very sad and humorous. if you like John green books you will enjoy this!
Published 9 days ago by anne beard
4.0 out of 5 stars good read!
Good easy read! Brilliant last few chapters! Characters are really easy to relate to and it was lovely to remember some of the 'first love' feelings.
Published 10 days ago by kate
3.0 out of 5 stars Least favourite Rainbow Rowell book but I still enjoyed it and would...
I really like Rainbow Rowell's writing, somehow it comforts me and I can whizz through her books and fall in love with the characters before I even realise I've done it. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars "It's Not Goodbye."
After hearing a lot of book bloggers and readers discussing the book, I knew I had to read it soon to see what all the hype was about. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Emma Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book from start to finish
I loved this book from start to finish. The book follows two outcast teenagers who don't really fit in with the rest of their school, who come to find each other. Read more
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