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Eleanor & Park [Paperback]

Rainbow Rowell
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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 (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,990 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and alive from cover to cover 30 May 2012
By Lynn
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Eleanor & Park 6 Sep 2014
By Kat
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I’ve wanted to read a Rainbow Rowell book for a long time but it was Book Club that gave me the kick in the pants to actually read Eleanor & Park. As a regular black sheep in the Loved Books List, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as so many other people have.

I thought Eleanor & Park would be a cute, sweet YA romance. What it actually is, is a rather dark, and at times almost depressing, story that is ultimately quite uplifting.

I loved Eleanor – I found her so easy to sympathise with, and I loved seeing her grow as a person despite a pretty terrible home life. The growth of both characters, as well as their relationship stopped the story from being all doom and gloom – watching them come together gradually was another point that really hooked me. It was so awkward and yet so perfect. And I loved Park’s mother – I just wish she had had a bit more page time as I found her background so fascinating.

Although it’s definitely not insta-love, at times the romance was a little too over-the-top for me – I could see why Eleanor and Park became so infatuated with each other because of their individual problems, and focusing on something good rather than something painful, but it times it distracted me further away from the issues than I wanted to be.

And 80’s pop culture references? SO MY THING. To me they are so appealing because I do remember the later part of the 80’s, but at times they felt a little forced, and at other times I actually felt a little confused because I actually forgot the time period. Which in a strange way is perhaps a testament to the strength of the plot because normally I’d be completely aware and analysing those references to make sure they were correct.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
A brilliant read! I found this a very heart warming book how don't judge a book by its cover, do read you won't be able to put it down.
Published 12 days ago by Kirsty Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleanor and Park is a brilliant book
I absolutely loved this book. I've enjoyed all of Rainbow Rowell's books so far but this was definitely my favourite. Looking forward to reading her next one!
Published 13 days ago by Susan
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read!
A love story but not the typical love runs smoothly type! I enjoyed this book,
Published 14 days ago by Hellerina
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Published 16 days ago by Stephen Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars can there be a second one to this book pleaseeeeee
Such a sad but beautiful story. I want to know what will happen next so badly, a bittersweet story with great characters.
Published 16 days ago by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
its hard to get into, but when you do its my favourite booksof hers! The storyline is amazing, it is one of my favourite books
Published 18 days ago by jo thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but needs an ending
This is a beautiful book about how to different people from two different worlds can go through an unlikely romance. However I did finish the book wanting a proper ending.
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