Eleanor & Park: Exclusive Special Edition by Rainbow RowellEleanor & Park: Exclusive Special Edition by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park: Exclusive Special Edition

byRainbow Rowell

Hardcover | February 26, 2013

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#1 New York Times Best Seller!

"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

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I'm not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we're 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I'm not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.

A New York Times Best Seller!
A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Eleanor & Park is the winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book.
A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013

RAINBOW ROWELL lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She's also the author of Landline, Fangirl and Attachments.
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Title:Eleanor & Park: Exclusive Special EditionFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.62 × 5.73 × 1.26 inShipping dimensions:8.62 × 5.73 × 1.26 inPublished:February 26, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250012570

ISBN - 13:9781250012579

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but maybe too young for me I was recommended this book by a friend. I found it super slow to start but it picked up later in the middle and I started to feel emotional and invested in the characters. I feel it may be best for high school/teenagers.
Date published: 2018-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS BOOK I was very excited to start this book when I first bought it and honestly, I was not disappointed AT ALL. I fell in love with both protagonists and loved the overall story. Many lessons were learnt while reading Eleanor & Park. I’ll definitely read it again some other time!!
Date published: 2018-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book crushed me, not only was it good but it took me through an emotional rollercoaster
Date published: 2018-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Although this book can get kind of slow in the middle, Eleanor and Park is a heartwarming story about two outsiders who find love. The beauty of first love shown in this book is so heartwarming it makes you tear up. I very much enjoyed this book, and highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my all time favorites This book was a great read. I finished it quick and I would recommend this to anyone
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a Cliche This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I'm so glad she did! Rowell's characters display very humane qualities and faults, which makes them severely endearing and relatable. Their love story is not simple, and it is also not perfect (which is in turn perfect for anyone who is sick of cliche love stories but also has a sweet, irresistible side to it to appeal to the cliche-seekers).
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was amazing, but.... I loved this book it made me so happy but the ending made me so mad, I did not like the way it ended.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Unique With an ending that I did not want to accept but a story that I could not resist, this book will take you back to the days when you thought love seemed so simple and remind you that it never is!
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that great This was in my opinion better than fangirl but still not wonderful and quite confusing at times.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful One of the best books i've ever read. The only way i can describe my reaction to this book is a sentence, only three words long......
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Teen angst in the 80's I loved this book about two kids from totally different walk of live. The only have Korean boy in the small midwest town and the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. I also greatly enjoyed all the 80's references and comics. Was sweet and funny but also very serious. Addressing bullying, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and eating issues. I couldn't put it down and think it is a great book for seriously and accurately addressing real life issues and not sugar coating them. The ending though....definitely need a sequel!!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good While I DID think this book was well-written and had a solid story line, i found that towards the end the characters were getting too repetitive and predictable. It was a basic story line that would be great for someone in 6th-9th grade. Overall, it was worth the read, but not worth a re-read. it was also a bit over hyped.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED IT I picked this book up from Chapters before leaving for a vacation. I can honestly say it was one of the best books I have read. It was a quick read, as I could hardly put the book down. Absolutely loved it!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from average I was disappointed. I bought this book after all the hype surrounding it but I found the story to be very average
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple story - hard to put down Love this simple story - hard to not just read the whole thing at once. Great narration and really gets inside the story. Teen love this book - adults too who grew up in the 90's - I'm a secondary teacher and both males and females were drawn to this book - beautiful piece.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth the hype Maybe it's because people were saying so many amazing things so my expectations were exceptionally high, but I found the story to be mediocre, the characters to be sorta plain, and overall thought it was a mediocre read.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!!! First book i ever read and i 10/10 would read everyday of my life again
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book! This book was so good! Read it about a month ago and it was really well written!
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story I liked the story but sometimes the writing was a little bit slow.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Lessons Teaches that it really is whats on the inside that counts. Whats on the outside plays only a small factor in discovering love, and may surprise how much you would do for love.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touched My Heart I read this book as a teen and fell in love with it. This book talks about the raw reality of love and life, that it is not perfect. If you have insecurities, dysfunctional family or even a lovable family, crush & love for music then you'll definitely relate to Eleanor & Park. #Plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another Teenage Romance The book was an enjoyable read with a very sweet story. It wasn't the most interesting plot though and was just your typical teenage love story. Overall, I enjoyed it as a quick, cute book but wouldn't consider it outstanding.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great this book was great. I loved the story and the writing.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay If you're looking for a swooning romance, this isn't the book. Eleanor and Park is a bittersweet, awkward but more realistic romance that doesn't give readers the dashing male lead that you'll fall in love with or the likable female lead that you'll relate with. That's why it didn't really resonate with me.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Great story line, characters were likable however did not like the ending
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect When I first heard about this book, I couldn't wait to read it. Very beautiful, the humor is A+, and not your usual typical teenager love story :)
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising When I picked up this novel, I was not expecting a riveting story of girlhood and belonging. This book hit very close to home and was a lovely surprise.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful story of discovery! This was a beautiful story of self-discovery, love and growth.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Read Definitely your bog standard Young Adult novel. Lots about teen romance and angst. It was enjoyable, but probably better for readers around the 16-20 age range.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute story! This was a really fun read and I blew through it really quick. I recommend this book to all John Green fans or contemporary fans in general. :)
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for me This book was so hyped up. It seemed like it was recommended by everyone and on so many must read lists. I got to say that I didn't love this book. The ending was not great, the whole story was just okay. I'm glad I read it but I just didn't love it that much.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me Did not live up to the hype, not my type of romance at all. Just no.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it I liked this book but I never loved it. I figured with all the hype that it was going to be much better than it was. Bottom line, I liked it but didn't love it.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it I enjoyed this. I kind of had higher expectations for this book but it was still a great read and I still really liked it.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from idk this book but the cover is cool and i also habe friends with those same names so if they started dating ( wich will never happen ) ill give them this book
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute This is a really cute love story that will make you cry #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ! WONDERFUL read for all tweens and teens....well written and touching plot.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its My Favorite book I read it and it became my favourite book of all time. The ending was frustrating but that what makes it amazing. I recommend it to everyone into romance or just a book in general
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book It wasn't anything spectacular, but it was an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Ending could be better but loved this book nonetheless! Light read.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this story I read this quite a while ago but I remember enjoying it so much I was stuck on it for days
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Conflicting feelings but I cried. I don't really know how to explain exactly how I feel about this but it made me cry and anything that makes me cry gets a 5 star. I thought it was pretty weird and confusing, no kidding, but it was also so captivating and emotional at the same time. Nothing like I've ever read.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nostalgic This is one of those books that everyone MUST read. It was very nostalgic and left me in pieces (in a good way!)
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! A pleasant book, one of my favourites! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overrated Quite slow and terrible ending! However it is nonetheless pretty enjoyable, especially in the middle parts.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved the book! I fell in love with this book and I think if you're reading this right now you should definitely read this book. The way it's written is fantastic, I love how it is written in 2 perspective. Ugh this book is just amaing.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I've never been big on love type stories but I love this one! Different than the others
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top 5 One of my favourite books. Loved the story
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I wish I liked this more In general, I just found this book a bit boring. It wasn't necasseraly terrible but not great either.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice dose of teen romance. Received this book as a gift, and I enjoyed reading it! I loved that it was not a typical teen romance. It gave me the dose of teen romance that I didn't know I needed.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was an okay book This book started off good, then I lost interest half way through and managed to finish it. The ending isn't what I expected, overall it was okay
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I had been looking forward to this book for awhile and I'm so happy I finally got a chance to read it! I found the characters to be very relatable and interesting for their own reasons. Once I began reading, I couldn't stop until I reached the end. One of my favourite Rainbow Rowell novels for sure!
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cringing to my death I had heard so many good things about this book, so perhaps I was going into it with too much high expectations. This book was just, in my opinion, horrible from start to finish. The characters (Eleanor in particular), were unrelatable and bland. She was annoying, he was too much of a pushover, it was just not what I had hoped for. I wouldn't recommend this for my dog, I would 10/10 recommend to use when starting bonfires.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a pleasant read! Loved this book. It is just so genuine and pure that I cannot help but feel for the main characters. Truly a story I will cherish.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO SO GOOD I had heard so many good things about this book before-hand and finally decided to read it myself. Literally no regrets. I finished this book in a record amount of time, it was written so well and the characters were amazing, every aspect of this book consumed me. It is such a good teen romance and by the end I was crying, I needed more.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book consumed me. I lived in every word, and felt every feeling.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book It was a good book and a quick read. I loved the characters but I was hoping something more would happen.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from dissapointed i came into this book with such high expectations. they were not met up. the one thing that threw this entire book off for me was eleanor. she is probably one of my least favourite book characters of all time. she's like a kindergartener stuck in a sixteen year olds body. she didn't allow park's past to be the past. i think rainbow rowell is an amazing author but this book didn't do it for me.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book made me cry because of how beautiful and compelling it was.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I read this book a couple of years ago and it is still one of my favourites. It is an interesting spin on the average teenage romance novel. Honestly, it was an amazing read.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Really cute story but I feel as thought it lacked a climax. I was really waiting for something big to happen but was left a little bit disappointed. That being said, I still enjoyed the read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Cute Love Story! Obsessed with this book! It's so cute.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read I actually listened to the audiobook version and enjoyed it. It's not my fav Rainbow Rowell title but i liked it well enough.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beatiful story! I think this book is well known and after reading it I can see why. The characters and story were beautifully described and Rainbow Rowell's writing speaks for itself.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection An amazing story from start to finish. Couldn't stop reading. <3
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've never read a book so quickly I don't know what makes this book better than all the other ones I've read but I fell in love from start to finish and I couldn't put it down. It's your teen love story but it touches something inside that made me really love the characters. I cried.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really loved this! I think objectively the writing of this book could be a tad bit better, but I can't help but give it 5 stars because I enjoyed it so much. The courting between these two young teens is so relatable and brings you back to the hilarity and awkwardness of teenage dating.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A mostly cute, breezy read Eleanor and Park is the kind of book I like to bring on a plane or train: it's comforting, sweet, cute, and easy to read. It's not anything you're going to have an existential crisis over or have to think too hard about, and it makes your heart all warm and fuzzy inside. Admittedly, calling Eleanor & Park "breezy" might seem a little callous, given Eleanor's horrible home life. But it's absolutely a book that holds your interest, and being YA, is fun and easy enough to speed through that you can knock it out during a plane ride or a VIA train trip (assuming you can cry silently, because this book will bring on some tears!) Park is adorable and kind, and Eleanor is strong and selfless. You will love them :)
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book Was Amazing! If you are looking for a cute teen age love story this is the book for you. Was a really great read.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok read the partial arc for this and cant wait to get my hands on the rest soo excited its such an incredible thriller coming from a contemporary writer
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Cute! If you're looking for a quick, cute read, this book is for you! Young love experienced through the eyes of two very different people will surprise you.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AAAaaaahhhh This book consumed me and made me cry like a new born baby. Adorable and heart wrenching. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my all time favourite books simply amazing and relatable and just a wonderful read
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I'm not sure why Rainbow Rowell's books get so much hype. They're not good. Maybe if you're a sappy teenager...but who knows.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet and tender high school romance I bought this as a Christmas present for someone and they loved it. I couldn’t gift a book I hadn’t read myself, so I read it. In one night. Real-life stories aren’t really my genre, but somehow this one latched onto my heart and wouldn’t let go. Eleanor and Park are from two completely different worlds, but they couldn’t be more perfect for each other. Also the artwork inside the front and back covers of this exclusive special edition is phenomenal.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT book so so so good. do yourself a favour and read it
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book, Amazing Characters! All together, Eleanor & Park is an amazing book for both teens and adults who like the romantic/sad genre. Most of the character are lovable in their own weird ways, and some you'll have a strong hate towards (because not all people are ones you can love *cough* Richie *cough*, but it's good to add characters like that because it's true to the real world.) Very realistic, and very well written, IF you don't mind reading in the third person. In conclusion, Eleanor & Park is an awesome and quick read that I would recommend it to most people. Definitely would read it again in the future. Hope my review helped! :D
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cried I read this book awhile ago, and I would read it again in a heartbeat. It was so emotional and such a lovely read.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainbow Rowell NEVER disappoints Bought this on a whim and so glad I did. This heartwarming book the challenges of two teens living two very different lives finding each other is beautiful. Eleanor is tough her life is always that the #$%^ end of the stick. She finds love but cannot understand why someone like Park would fall for her. It's like today's Sixteen Candles but real. I get why the end is the end and I realize authors do this but I really was left with .... what now? I've read this many times its endearing and sweet and a definite MUST read.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book But Have Read Better This Book had major hype and I'm not really sure why. The beginning was slow and took me awhile to get into it. I was an ok book about two teens that dont usually collide falling in love. It was ok but i'm not rushing to read Rainbow Rowell'e nect book.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book of Feels There is so much going on in this book, the story is very deep and heart-warming. I love the characters and how they grew throughout the story. I also can't stop thinking about the ending, and imagine what could happen after that! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great modern story You definitely can get into this book and root for the characters. Lovely book.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teenage love This book had me in awe. Two different people with two different stories but so right for each other.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good! I loved this book. It was cute, and quirky, but also dealt with very realistic struggles. All of us will be able to relate to Eleanor or Park. Rowell also does a good job of recreating the feeling of a first love.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have never wanted to hug a fictional character till this book I loved this. I can see why there was so much hype
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read. Rainbow Rowell is extremely talented to make you feel all the emotions.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect. My friend recommended this and thank goodness she did cause wow. Beautifully written. A novel that truly wakes up your world.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Semi-satisfying read I was very late on reading this, after I received a split opinion on it. I think it's a very typical teen romance with unconventional characters. Great book to have on the shelf, but definitely a one-time read.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK the book started slow and pretty boring but the whole story was pretty good!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved The Oddness Even though this book didn't fall under my usual reading list of cheesy summer romance novels, I thoroughly enjoyed the quirky characters and simple but witty writing style. A great read! Rainbow Rowell is fantastic at writing about the every day average and quirky teenager.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! This is probably my favourite Rainbow Rowell book. It's cute, sappy and a fast read. Would recommend
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful I hate this book and this author's writing style. Just so painful.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really great!! I think it had a very realistic touch when it comes to showing a relationship and the writing style was wonderful! Loved how easy it was to relate to the characters, especially Eleanor!!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MADE ME CRY A RIVER Eleanor & Park is a love story like no other I've read so far in my life. I was surprised and delighted to read about these different, misfit type characters who fall in love. It is definitely not your generic love story; it was new and refreshing to read! I love this book so much!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great the perfect teenage love story
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ IT READ IT READ IT READ IT!!!!!!!!!!! one of my absolute favorite books! get this book read it cherish it hold on to it and never let it go
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT Rainbow Rowell is an amazing author! I loved this book so much, I swear I've re-read it like 20 times. The storyline was great, the characters stories were so well written out. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alright book If you want a quick read, this is for you. characters and plot could be developed a bit more.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing special I don't see the big hype for this book. I find there are some unnecessary stereotypical slurs... it wasn't offensive but just left me stopping mid sentence like "really? you couldn't have come up with anything better than that?" I did however finish the book since I figured I read most of it so I might as well have.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my favourite book! I love this book so much, I could re-read it a thousand times and never ever ever get tired of it. I don't know what it is exactly that made me love it so much, I just remember after reading it I sat back and felt so impacted. I tell all of my friends and family to read it when looking for a good book, it's definitely a must read in my eyes
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book I enjoyed this story. I felt that it was over hyped so I went in with really high expectations and was slightly let down - but only because I was expecting so much!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT So good! I finished it way too quickly, it made me feel so many things. absolutely the best book ever!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Amazing Probably one of the best books I've ever read. I'm a sucker for books that make you cry, and this book will make you cry. A beautiful and witty teenage love story, Eleanor and Park is incredible.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! the characters, plot, and writing style were all amazing. this book grabs you from the very beginning and hooks you in. i highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love I read this over a year ago and it is still one of my favourite books to this day. Such a powerful and important novel shining light on an issue that generally gets overlooked.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kinda Strange, Romantic, and Very High-School-Like (The Awkward Teenage Phase) I started reading this book because I enjoyed reading another book written by this same author (Rainbow Rowell) which was Fangirl. However, I was very surprised to see that this book took on a different turn. It was very quirky, odd, and very realistic as it described racism, stereotypes, awkward teenage phases, and some romantic scenes. However, I feel like it truly captured the way high schoolers and teenagers feel when they think they are in love but they are not. This book obviously had a lot of feeling put into it, and this is why Rainbow Rowell is so well-loved for her work, this book will not disappoint and be unlike any other romance novel you have ever read! Very unique and different! I only gave it 3 out of 5 stars because it is not my style or type of book due to the profanity, but it is very relatable and similar to teenage life with all the hormones, awkward phases and crushes.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I read this in a day, it was such a cute story. Excited to read more of Rainbow Rowell as I never seem to be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cute bit too hyped. their relationship seems unrealistic and frankly quite childish, but is also appropriate for the setting, as they are young high school kids in a YA novel. nonetheless, it was quite a heartwarming read. a forewarning: there are some cringe-worthy bits.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i want more! In my sixteen years of existing here on earth, I have already read this book twice. And I have no regrets. Following Eleanor's weirdness and Park's awesomeness was really worth the late-night-reading and not-listening-to-the-class-reading. I loved how they fell for each other slowly and then all at once. I loved how Park faced Eleanor's problems with her. I loved how sexy and tender the words in this book were written together in the most beautiful sequence.I just wish Rowell provided more details about what happened to the both of them.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had Me Screaming I enjoyed Eleanor and Park but I didn't like it as much as I liked Fangirl. I definitely related to Eleanor and felt for her considering the type of household that she came from and by the end of the book I wanted her stepfather to be run over because he was just a terrible character. The romance was kind of meh to be honest, like I could see where the attraction came from and the two of them liking each other but they just kind of jumped to "I love you" and it was like why? You don't even know each other well enough to be able to say that, why can't you just be like oh I really like you? And there were a few stereotypes that I could've definitely lived without but other than that it was an okay book, I'd read it again.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So relatable This book was so real and relatable, it made me feel like I was in high school again. Funny, heartwarming, sad. Would definitely recommend! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourites!! this whole book was perfection. was a little thrown off by the ending, but like lala land, i understand why that had to happen. i love this book!!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It didn't take me a year to read! I loved this book! It always takes me forever to read a book and I think it's because some don't pull me into the story very well. This one did pull me in and I enjoyed every page.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from B+ This novel was good but not super memorable. I do like Rowell's writing style, but some parts were a little cringe-worthy.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite good Quick read that deals with some important topics: abuse, poverty, bullying... I would recommend this to most teens/young adults.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS!!! Eleanor and Park are my faves. I love the writing style, I love their story, I love everything about this book.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It It's absolutely amazing and I really like it. This book kept me flipping as soon as I opened the first page, and it's something that you simply can't down.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable Read Read this book when I first got into reading, and I still love it to this day.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good This book is such a good summer read, it's a total teenage romance so if you're not into that genre then I would suggest not reading this book.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very well written It was amazing; the story was very well written and Rainbow Rowell has done an excellent job. I could not put the book down when I had started it. Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT one of my favourite books now! so in love!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good. this book was so addicting and I loved the story. this has become one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Story is not entirely realistic but still enjoyable to read
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Such a nice read, I instantly fell in love with the characters. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a great love story.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Cute! Eleanor and Park are absolutely adorable!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmmmmmmm Do not read this if you are older than 12
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read I absolutely loved this book, the characthers are superb and the love story is dreamy!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from :/ overhyped.... plus it's too "cute" to the point of unrealistic. I can't see any of this happening so I can't relate, therefore it wasn't too good of a story. plus, i found the main characters annoying
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Red in one day! I loved that book! It was a ice love story and Rowell's writing is really endearing!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable Words can't describe how great ad touching this is.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not As Expected This book wasn't as good as I expected. Not a fan of the ending. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching book! This book was touching in a lot of ways and it was a beautiful novel. Everything about it is poetic and true: the characters, the story, etc.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute story This book is just such a cute story. I really got attached to the two main characters and absolutely loved the story.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good but cheesy this book is for anyone who loves a good cheesy romance novel, i enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A love story that's not too cheesy and just enough sad Eleanor's character faces many hardships and when she meets Park they fade away and focuses on him. This book is an accurate portrayal of teenage love, with angst and all. 10/10 would read again.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I hate contemporaries but this I don't usually like reading contemporary novels but this one really touched me. You go, Rowell.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super cute This is such a cute little teenage love story. I loved living vicariously through the main characters love for each other.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Adorable Loved it mostly because the main characters and the romance they share is not the image of a picture-perfect, ideal teenage relationship. Along with all the cute and fuzzy, there are social issues that are highlighted. A great story with great writing.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Such a sweet story about young love
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love at first sight Absolutely loved this book! I can't stop rereading it. The characters are worthy of their epic story ! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what i expected!! My god i could not put this book for even a second!! I thought I was going to hate this book but not at all!!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eleanor and Park I love that their kind of accidental courtship happens through comic books and music, though I think what really stood out for me were Eleanor’s struggles at home economically and emotionally. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST. BOOK. EVER. I love this book so much! I 100% recommend it.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK HOLY CRAP RAINBOW ROWELL this book has the perfect mix or heartbreak, happiness, love, and sadness. i feel like this book is perfect in so many ways. for one if you want a cute love story your going to find it in this book. BUT its not an over the top ridiculous unrealistic love story. this book captures so many realistic things people deal with in their life and doesnt paint this unrealistic story. Sure i love the sappy love stories but sometimes its nice to relate to books and i feel like this book gives people a good relatable read.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from if you are a hopeless romantic... this book is for you, i am not. its unrealistic, but i did enjoy the diversity between the two main characters (eleanor & park).
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Blow one element out of proportion, and it ruins the novel. Eleanor's insecurities ruined this book for me. She will never believe that Park loves her, and she is always finding ways to switch his words around. She has absolutely no character development throughout the story, whereas Park is a different person by the end of the novel. I understand that the author may have been trying to shed light on girls' low self-esteem issues, but this was a bit too extreme. Also, this book can be racist at times, which I really did not like.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too cliche They need to write less cliche YA novels
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! You can resonate with the characters so much! Definitely a must-read if you are looking for a light yet heartfelt read!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing A book that made me feel for all the characters. Loved it
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Untouchable perfection This book... It wwas so strong while remaining so soft. The main characters are a 100% relatable. You feel their love growing and its the most wonderful thing ever. In a class of its own!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute I am really digging Rowell's writing style, it is simple and character driven and clever at times. This was a cute book, but I liked Fangirl more.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Touching Wow... The relationship was so complicated, yet so simple. It is heartbreaking, yet touching. Their story was not very happy and jolly all of the time, it was an off and on thing. Some parts were sad and others sweet. Eleanor's and Park's lives are so different. The fact that Park loves Eleanor so much is really touching. They went through some rough times, too. The love between them was so close, yet so far. I recommend this book, definitely. A touching teenage romance.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfectly simple I really enjoyed this book. It was light and the perfect read for a pick me up. When I finished the book I was smiling.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best novel on remembering first love One heck of a read, which will make you become addicted to this novel and cannot stop reading it again and again
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute and Heartbreaking I adore this book. I really loved it. The characters, the plotline, the dialogue were interesting as well as was written in a soft and interesting point of view. Highly recommend if you love YA Contemporary with a unique twist.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this got to me This book honestly kind of got to me, like I had to stop reading it at one point because I was crying, like the stuff she was going through in her family, it became a little to much. The story itself is kind of calm in a sense. There's a lot of pop culture references. This isn't my favorite book by the author but it's still something you could put on your summer reads.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from confused with how i feel about this the relationship the two protagonists share with one another is truly adorable, however i felt that the story lacked and interesting plot, as much of the book had a plateau feel to it. not rainbow rowell's best work...
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I just don't get it I really don't get the big deal about this book. My biggest issue? If you are going to make pop culture references, at least get them right. Offense 1: There is no such thing as an infinity turtle in Super Mario. Offense 2: No real Doctor Who fan would say that they dressed as Doctor Who for Halloween. There is no Doctor Who. Offense 3: Bruce Banner becomes The Hulk. Bill Bixby does not. He just played The Hulk. This just smacks of trying too hard for me. Was not impressed
Date published: 2017-04-19

Read from the Book

1park  XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus.Park pressed his headphones into his ears.Tomorrow he was going to bring Skinny Puppy or the Misfits. Or maybe he’d make a special bus tape with as much screaming and wailing on it as possible.He could get back to New Wave in November, after he got his driver’s license. His parents had already said Park could have his mom’s Impala, and he’d been saving up for a new tape deck. Once he started driving to school, he could listen to whatever he wanted or nothing at all, and he’d get to sleep in an extra twenty minutes.“That doesn’t exist!” somebody shouted behind him.“It so fucking does!” Steve shouted back. “Drunken Monkey style, man, it’s a real fucking thing. You can kill somebody with it.…”“You’re full of shit.”“You’re full of shit,” Steve said. “Park! Hey, Park.”Park heard him, but didn’t answer. Sometimes, if you ignored Steve for a minute, he moved on to someone else. Knowing that was 80 percent of surviving with Steve as your neighbor. The other 20 percent was just keeping your head down.…Which Park had momentarily forgotten. A ball of paper hit him in the back of the head.“Those were my Human Growth and Development notes, dicklick,” Tina said.“I’m sorry, baby,” Steve said. “I’ll teach you all about human growth and development—what do you need to know?”“Teach her Drunken Monkey style,” somebody said.“Park!” Steve shouted.Park pulled down his headphones and turned to the back of the bus. Steve was holding court in the last seat. Even sitting, his head practically touched the roof. Steve always looked like he was surrounded by doll furniture. He’d looked like a grown man since the seventh grade, and that was before he grew a full beard. Slightly before.Sometimes Park wondered if Steve was with Tina because she made him look even more like a monster. Most of the girls from the Flats were small, but Tina couldn’t be five feet. Massive hair included.Once, back in middle school, some guy had tried to give Steve shit about how he better not get Tina pregnant because if he did, his giant babies would kill her. “They’ll bust out of her stomach like in Aliens,” the guy said. Steve broke his little finger on the guy’s face.When Park’s dad heard, he said, “Somebody needs to teach that Murphy kid how to make a fist.” But Park hoped nobody would. The guy who Steve hit couldn’t open his eyes for a week.Park tossed Tina her balled-up homework. She caught it.“Park,” Steve said, “tell Mikey about Drunken Monkey karate.”“I don’t know anything about it.” Park shrugged.“But it exists, right?”“I guess I’ve heard of it.”“There,” Steve said. He looked for something to throw at Mikey, but couldn’t find anything. He pointed instead. “I fucking told you.”“What the fuck does Sheridan know about kung fu?” Mikey said.“Are you retarded?” Steve said. “His mom’s Chinese.”Mikey looked at Park carefully. Park smiled and narrowed his eyes. “Yeah, I guess I see it,” Mikey said. “I always thought you were Mexican.”“Shit, Mikey,” Steve said, “you’re such a fucking racist.”“She’s not Chinese,” Tina said. “She’s Korean.”“Who is?” Steve asked.“Park’s mom.”Park’s mom had been cutting Tina’s hair since grade school. They both had the exact same hairstyle: long spiral perms with tall feathered bangs.“She’s fucking hot is what she is,” Steve said, cracking himself up. “No offense, Park.”Park managed another smile and slunk back into his seat, putting his headphones back on and cranking up the volume. He could still hear Steve and Mikey, four seats behind him.“But what’s the fucking point?” Mikey asked.“Dude, would you want to fight a drunk monkey? They’re fucking huge. Like Every Which Way But Loose, man. Imagine that bastard losing his shit on you.”Park noticed the new girl at about the same time everybody else did. She was standing at the front of the bus, next to the first available seat.There was a kid sitting there by himself, a freshman. He put his bag down on the seat beside him, then looked the other way. All down the aisle, anybody who was sitting alone moved to the edge of their seats. Park heard Tina snicker; she lived for this stuff.The new girl took a deep breath and stepped farther down the aisle. Nobody would look at her. Park tried not to, but it was kind of a train wreck/eclipse situation.The girl just looked like exactly the sort of person this would happen to.Not just new—but big and awkward. With crazy hair, bright red on top of curly. And she was dressed like … like she wanted people to look at her. Or maybe like she didn’t get what a mess she was. She had on a plaid shirt, a man’s shirt, with half a dozen weird necklaces hanging around her neck and scarves wrapped around her wrists. She reminded Park of a scarecrow or one of the trouble dolls his mom kept on her dresser. Like something that wouldn’t survive in the wild.The bus stopped again, and a bunch more kids got on. They pushed past the girl, knocking into her, and dropped into their own seats.That was the thing—everybody on the bus already had a seat. They’d all claimed one on the first day of school. People like Park, who were lucky enough to have a whole seat to themselves, weren’t going to give that up now. Especially not for someone like this.Park looked back up at the girl. She was just standing there.“Hey, you,” the bus driver yelled, “sit down!”The girl started moving toward the back of the bus. Right into the belly of the beast. God, Park thought, stop. Turn around. He could feel Steve and Mikey licking their chops as she got closer. He tried again to look away.Then the girl spotted an empty seat just across from Park. Her face lit with relief, and she hurried toward it.“Hey,” Tina said sharply.The girl kept moving.“Hey,” Tina said, “Bozo.”Steve started laughing. His friends fell in a few seconds behind him.“You can’t sit there,” Tina said. “That’s Mikayla’s seat.”The girl stopped and looked up at Tina, then looked back at the empty seat.“Sit down,” the driver bellowed from the front.“I have to sit somewhere,” the girl said to Tina in a firm, calm voice.“Not my problem,” Tina snapped. The bus lurched, and the girl rocked back to keep from falling. Park tried to turn the volume up on his Walkman, but it was already all the way up. He looked back at the girl; it looked like she was starting to cry.Before he’d even decided to do it, Park scooted toward the window.“Sit down,” he said. It came out angrily. The girl turned to him, like she couldn’t tell whether he was another jerk or what. “Jesus-fuck,” Park said softly, nodding to the space next to him, “just sit down.”The girl sat down. She didn’t say anything—thank God, she didn’t thank him—and she left six inches of space on the seat between them.Park turned toward the Plexiglas window and waited for a world of suck to hit the fan. Copyright © 2013 by Rainbow Rowell

Editorial Reviews

"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)"Rowell's humor, tenderness, and sense of detail are extraordinary." -Curtis Sittenfeld for The New Yorker"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