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Eleanor & Park (Ira Children's Book Awards. Young Adult) Hardcover – 26 Feb 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Lrg edition (26 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250012570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250064875
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.1 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,059,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

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

""Eleanor & Park" is a breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders."

--Stephanie Perkins, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Anna and the French Kiss" and "Lola and the Boy Next Door"

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

"Sweet, gritty, and affecting . . . Rainbow Rowell has written an unforgettable story about two misfits in love. This debut will find its way into your heart and stay there."

--Courtney Summers, author of "This Is Not a Test" and "Cracked Up to Be"

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

"In her rare and surprising exploration of young misfit love, Rowell shows us the beauty in the broken."--Stewart Lewis, author of "You Have Seven Messages"

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

"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
"Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution maintains the novel's delicate balance of light and dark."

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

""Eleanor & Park" is a breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders."
--Stephanie Perkins, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Anna and the French Kiss" and "Lola and the Boy Next Door"

"Sweet, gritty, and affecting . . . Rainbow Rowell has written an unforgettable story about two misfits in love. This debut will find its way into your heart and stay there."
--Courtney Summers, author of "This Is Not a Test" and "Cracked Up to Be"

"In her rare and surprising exploration of young misfit love, Rowell shows us the beauty in the broken."
--Stewart Lewis, author of "You Have Seven Messages"

"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

"Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy, and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike."

"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)

"Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution maintains the novel's delicate balance of light and dark."

"Booklist "(starred review)

"The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too."

""Eleanor & Park" is a breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders."

"Sweet, gritty, and affecting . . . Rainbow Rowell has written an unforgettable story about two misfits in love. This debut will find its way into your heart and stay there."

"In her rare and surprising exploration of young misfit love, Rowell shows us the beauty in the broken."

"Eleanor & Park" is a breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders.--Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door

Sweet, gritty, and affecting . . . Rainbow Rowell has written an unforgettable story about two misfits in love. This debut will find its way into your heart and stay there.--Courtney Summers, author of This Is Not a Test and Cracked Up to Be

In her rare and surprising exploration of young misfit love, Rowell shows us the beauty in the broken.--Stewart Lewis, author of You Have Seven Messages

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

Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution 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)"

An honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love. "The Horn Book (winner of The Horn Book Award for fiction)"

"Eleanor & Park" is a breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders. Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door

Sweet, gritty, and affecting . . . Rainbow Rowell has written an unforgettable story about two misfits in love. This debut will find its way into your heart and stay there. Courtney Summers, author of This Is Not a Test and Cracked Up to Be

In her rare and surprising exploration of young misfit love, Rowell shows us the beauty in the broken. Stewart Lewis, author of You Have Seven Messages

"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"

Rowell's writing swings from profane to profound, but it's always real and always raw. "Petra Mayer for NPR Books""

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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
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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By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 1000 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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I read this book because of friends who said it was really good.. but the book its basically just a cute 'love' story, with very little plot. The characters are okay(Park more so than Eleanor) and the relationship is very realistic compared to other books! However, the book just seems a bit boring if I'm honest and the ending was a bit tedious. But if you liked the fault in our stars, which I didn't, you will probably love this book.
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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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