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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 (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,291 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on 15 Nov 2014
Format: Paperback
My 17 year old daughters review of this novel:
Sadly, I started this book when I was going through a tough time in my own personal mindset, and therefore the book was often abandoned and forgotten about. However, I eventually finished it and I am so glad that I did, as the books overall plot linked in some ways, with what I was going through.

Eleanor and Park is a love story written about a boy called Park and a girl called Eleanor. Eleanor is the new girl in school and after being treated terribly by her classmates and the kid she sits next to on the bus, she begins to give up on humanity. Park has been at the school for years, but he finds himself often distancing himself from his friends because they share no common interests, and he too is giving up on humanity. Although their introduction is pretty brief and blunt, the two become close...suddenly! And before they know it, they're all that each other things about. Eleanor comes from a broken home, where her new step-dad has disgusting thoughts and hits her mother. Park comes from what Eleanor would call a 'perfect home' however, he hates how his dad and mum treat him, and he seems to have formed into something that they'd accept and he cannot be himself anymore. The two inevitably fall in love and they begin to think that they're going to get their happy ending, however - life sucks...and it does terrible things. I guess, some people are meant to meet, but some people aren't meant to stick together.

I adore Rainbow Rowell's style of writing. I was obsessed with Fangirl and how she portrayed the anxious and nervous Cath, and I adored how she portrayed her characters here. Rainbow has successfully created two contrasting characters who want nothing more then each other.
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13 of 14 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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