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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409120546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409120544
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,192 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)

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“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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 May 2013
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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 on 18 Aug 2013
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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 By Christina on 14 Aug 2014
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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. Eleanor and Park was different, however.
Eleanor is a misfit with frizzy red hair and strange clothes who comes from a tiny home where she can't be herself. When she starts her new school, she sits next to Park on the bus, a Chinese kid who reads comic books and is less than thrilled to have the new weird girl sitting next to him. Little did they both know, they would fall in love.

Eleanor and Park didn't give me the same feeling of comfort as Rainbow Rowell's other books do, but I'm not sure why. I didn't like the way that Park would pick apart all of Eleanor's flaws in the beginning and whilst I know it showed that he loves her for her and not for the way she looks, it just made me uncomfortable to read his first impressions of her as, quite frankly, they weren't nice at all. I did enjoy reading the book as there were parts, particularly towards the end, that I absolutely loved. I might reread this in the future to see if that changes my opinion but so far, this is my least favourite Rainbow Rowell book. I'd love to hear other peoples thoughts on the book, if you agree or disagree with my review, please let me know!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on 30 May 2012
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Eleanor & Park reminded me of the bright spots in those awkward high school years: the difference one true friend who understands you can make and how liberating it felt to fall in love with books, music, poetry, etc. The main characters are teens who stumble into a relationship that is tender and intense while their complicated family lives advance a plot with a truly surprise ending. (I challenge anyone to say they saw it coming.) Rainbow Rowell creates such lovely characters, even the minor ones are funny and memorable. I was immediately invested in Eleanor and Park's lives, and once that happened, I couldn't devour the book fast enough. Now, I can't wait to share it with all of the readers in my life.

I read Rowell's book Attachments and liked it, but I can honestly say I truly, truly loved Eleanor & Park even more. No question. The tone to Eleanor & Park is more serious and the love between the characters feels so alive. I felt like I knew these kids... that I was one of them however many years ago. For that reason, I felt more hooked and cared more about what was going to happen. I finished this in two sittings because I couldn't stand to put it down. Don't think that it's all sadness and angst. Rowell can't help but write smart and snappy dialogue, and her sense of humor is what makes these characters so great. Eleanor, especially, has wit and a tender sarcasm that give her a fun edge. If you read Attachments and liked it, you have to give Eleanor & Park a try.
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