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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: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409120546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409120544
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515 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)

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)


“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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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It's so difficult for me to write a review of a book that I LOVE. It's like, I want to do justice to the book with my review, but feel that I won't be able to, so I put off writing the review. As I write this review of Rainbow Rowell's sophomore effort (her first being the superb "Attachments"), you can bank on the fact that I've gone back and reread, rewritten and reworded this, but I still won't feel I've done Rainbow's book justice. But, here goes:

"Eleanor & Park" tells the story of a school year (1986-87) in the life of the titular characters. The reader gets a bird's-eye view (or should I say bus-eye view) of their first encounter, their getting to know one another to their falling in love. But let me tell you right now: it's not a teen-angsty, cutesy book. Rainbow delves DEEP into the characters of both Eleanor and Park, so much so that they practically jump out of the page and sit next to you to read the book along with you (like E&P's bus ride to school sharing a Watchmen comic).

(*Side note: While there is much talk of comic books and comic-book characters, if you are not a fan of those, please don't let that put you off reading this. I can honestly say I've never read a comic book in my life, except maybe Calvin & Hobbes, and I found this comic element only adds to the story w/o putting off noncomic-book readers. Rainbow uses comic books as a plot advancer, metaphor, comedic element, etc., but it never overpowers or becomes overladen in "geekiness." Trust me, it's cool.)

Rainbow perfectly captures the tentative awkwardness that one feels as a teenager who is isn't quite used to her body, her hormones and the opposite sex.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Eleanor and Park 18 May 2013
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 1000 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a lovely book
Loved reading this book and I'm so sad it's over now! The author writes about the relationship between Eleanor and Park in such a beautiful way - full of innocence and also very... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sambrina
5.0 out of 5 stars Did Not Disappoint
I have wanted to read this book for ages and when the price finally dropped low enough I nabbed it, and it did not disappoint! Read more
Published 4 days ago by belle-lolita
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I just wish there had been some closure! WHAT HAPPENS NEXT??? I want to know so so so badly D:
Published 5 days ago by belkatya
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a teen romance
This is a 'boy meets girl' (Park meets Eleanor)/'girl meets boy' (Eleanor meets Park) story told from the two main characters' points of view. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Laura Besley
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab
It's a great book, couldn't put it down it was so fab but expected a better ending :-/ Although, I suppose it was realistic, worth buying though :D
Published 18 days ago by Jess Billingham
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully developed romance with fantastically interesting...
Review also published on my blog, StudentSpyglass.com

Eleanor & Park is one of those books I was hearing about for months, and then couldn’t resist reading out of... Read more
Published 20 days ago by StudentSpyglass
4.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely fantastic, unique story
You know when a story just grabs you and melts your heart, well that is exactly what this story did to me. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Laura's little book blog
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable but far from pink and fluffy
I love the fact this was set in the 80's. This story was adorable but far from pink and fluffy. High school romance with a difference this story deals with issues of bullying,... Read more
Published 22 days ago by J. Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Twists and turns you would not expect, such a page turner. Beautiful, innocent yet torture. A bit like first love really.
Published 26 days ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I enjoyed this far more than I expected. The characters were all created so realisitically that I felt I knew them. it felt like my childhood... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Jenny Ward
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