Eleanor & Park

Hardcover | February 26, 2013

byRainbow Rowell

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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

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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 ReviewBono met his wife in high school, Park says.So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.I'm not kidding, he says.You s...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.58 × 5.8 × 1.21 inPublished:February 26, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250012570

ISBN - 13:9781250012579


Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this! I loved the stories and the characters aren't like the typical characters in all YA novels so I really enjoyed that
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this story A beautiful story with so much heart. Wonderful characters. Loved every page of it.
Date published: 2016-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Favourite book of all time. It was such a cute and un-typical love story. Both characters are extremely unique. Would read it again in a heartbeat. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Date published: 2015-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read This book was so quirky and fun, yet held alot of meaning of 'teenage love'. It was an easy and quick read because i just could not put it down. I loved the story, i held onto the feelings that Rainbow Rowell was portraying and helped develop the characters. I liked that you go to 'feel' the story from both Park and Eleanors point of view. My only dislike would be that it ended too quickly and i want a Part 2.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing story I read this book last year and I promise this is worth it. The story, the characters, the way the plot was written, everything is perfect.
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my fave It's quirky and cute, Capturing teenage awkward feelings perfectly but is a tedius read for certain.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright i didn't like how the story didn't really have any true feelings. They two 16 year olds never knew each prude that well and he already loved her so soon ? That's what I did not like. But overall the happy ending and them together was ad parable and I did enjoy that part! Also loved Parks mom, hilarious and also Eleanor could totally relate to her.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVEEE Being a 16 year old girl, I usually read first person stories (nothing to do with age but anyway) This was a nice change up, I loved reading about how they were both feeling, instead of being on the girls side wondering "Does he like her or not?" Amazing read,that leave you wanting a love just like theirs. I also loved that the story takes place in the 80s.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK This is my favourite book of all time (and i've read a lot of books). You feel an entierly new feeling
Date published: 2015-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a great read! Wish there was more like it! What a great and easy read!
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay I kept reading out of curiosity and because it was our book club pick. I was a little disappointed. Oh well.
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I thout it was a kids book I am a 11 year old boy and i thout this was a kids book
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I would read this book over and over again. When I bought the book, I wasn't sure of what I was getting into but I did not regret my purchase. Eleanor and Park should be a classic teen read. Go read it!
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Cute! Great story about acceptng and dating others• as well as the reality of two vert different lives.
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from perfection love the characters , how original and fun they are
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Read of 2014 What a beautifully told story. This is my first Rainbow Rowell book and I’m so happy I started with this one. It was achingly sweet, laugh out loud funny and heartbreaking. It brought me back to the 80’s, before cell phones and even call waiting. Rainbow made me remember what it was like to be that age, still innocent and experiencing all of my firsts… how powerful the emotions were, how intense hand holding and first kisses were, what it felt like to connect with someone. As the book went on, I got more and more anxious and… the ending… WOW! Definitely storytelling at it’s best!
Date published: 2015-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the hype! Loved it! I was in the book store a while back when one of the staff was recommending this book to another girl. She said it was one of those "awww" books. That's exactly what I think when I see this book. It's a very sweet story. I'm looking forward to picking it up again soon.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love among the misfits Absolutely impressive, saccharine-free account of first love. Literary cousin of the old teen tv shows My So-called Life, and Freaks and Geeks. The psychology of the main characters seemed spot on, and the novel subtly exposed the potential damage to adult loving relationships when a child grows up neglected and abused. A must-read.
Date published: 2015-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Light but a dark read This book was very different from things I have read before. It is a story of young love and the terrible things that young people have to endure at home. It was easy to read.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eleanor and Park Its just okay. I did not like the ending of it. Thou its full of lesson. Eleanor`s mom shud be fighting back at her step dad
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from truely relatable this book was a complete heart wrenching, yet up lifting read. with a storyline that was relatable on so many levels, it was so easy to fall in love with! From Elanors vulnerability that she hides through her "weird" ways, and Parks new founding love for her, its what so many girls want. So true,with loveable characters, this story grips youre heart and doesnt let go even after youre done. youll cry,laugh, and really think about a lot of things with this book. My favorite Rainbow Rowell book by far!!
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I gave this 4 stars just due to the fact I do wish the story had some more too it, that being said I read it in only a day or two. Eleanor and Park is well written, raw and a genuine love story full of insecurity, doubts, disapproving parents and more!
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story For anyone who's ever been 1) in love 2) a nerd 3) shamed for reading 'young adult literature' ...this book is for you. Wonderful love story with two great, realistic characters.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect balance of love and angst Rowell does a fantastic job of creating a just-the-two-of-us-against-the-world teen love story while simultaneously dealing with the more serious subject matter of domestic abuse. The relationship between Eleanor and Park was relatable and heartbreaking - I saw some of my teenage self in Eleanor for sure. Enjoyable, thoughtful YA lit.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ohhh them fuzzies.... Fuzzies....fuzzies everywhere. This took me back to High School and experience the feels of young love all over again. I was soo sad to finish it but so happy I read it...
Date published: 2014-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fall in love for the first time again Butterflies, sweaty palms, new discoveries, young love - all cover the pages of this beautiful story. Raw and realistic, it warmed the heart of this cynic.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! I loved this book. Eleanor was so frustrating at times but it shows just how well written her character was. They were believable. The book was beautifully written and, although the ending made me insane, it was realistic and I can respect Rowell's decision to end the book the way she did. Such a great read, I wish it was longer so that I could keep peeking into their lives.
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book Good book bad ending
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eleanor & Park Saw this book on a few top 10 reads. I did it in a week. Excellent.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I really disliked the book!! I was debating buying this book after awesome reviews, I am so glad I borrowed it from a friend! The novel was beautifully written, but I thought the story was lacking greatly. Throughout the novel its all about this love story which is fine, but then the most interesting thing in there love story happens in the last 20 pages, and it leaves you with no ending. I felt the ending was rushed and did not solve any questions. If you have Faults in Our Stars, it is like an imperial affliction it just ends, not as abruptly but very similar idea. Character wise I could not stand Elanor. I understand her living situation was terrible and it made everyday life really hard but why is there a need to cry when you are given a makeover and park calls you beautiful. It does not mean your only beautiful with makeup, sometimes its a nice change. There was many other situations where I debated throwing the book across the room, although it was borrowed so couldn't do that. I did like Park he was incredibly sweet to Elanor, and put up with her. His character was more entertaining and interesting I found. Overall I would only recommend this to people who enjoy love stories. I have read many love stories this one was by far the worst. I wish there was more to the plot.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG PERFECTION There are no words to describe this book-relocatable, beautiful, thoughtful, incredible, out-of-this-world, most-favorite-book-of-all-time. I have no complaints or suggestions, because why ruin a masterpiece, right? It is a different twist on a teen love story that has you thinking about it all day and all night. Blew through this book and I warn you! there will most likely be tears. I don't know what else to say, only that this is a must-read...
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing job, Rainbow Rowell! this book was just beyond words perfect! i cried like 10 times because it was so cute. i loved how both the characters were just your two regular teenagers but when they were together Rainbow Rowell managed to make it so magical! because of this book this author has definitely become one of my favourites. there is literally nothing id change about the book. i would recommend this book to anyone whos looking for a book to just relax with and enjoy. and i promise you wont be let down!!
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Beautiful writing, beautiful story, just overall amazing.
Date published: 2014-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sucks you in I loved how you can feel like you really know and understand Rowell's characters! I was a little weary of the ending but still a good read!
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Found Myself Smiling While Reading This book is adorable and I kept finding myself saying "awee" whenever the two characters interacted in such a heart warming way. I was a little disappointed in the ending but that was mainly because I didn't want it to end. It left me with tears of sorrow and tears of joy as I watched this love story blossom and grow through hard times.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but... I thought this was a great book and I loved the depth and development of the characters. The only thing I had a problem with was the ending which felt a little unfinished to me. I won't spoil anything, but I feel like I missed something... I know some people like to imagine for themselves what happens next, but, personally, I prefer knowing. Don't pass up the chance to read this book, though. It really is a good story.
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes. Just yes. Amazing book, loved reading from the different perspectives or Eleanor and Park. It helps fill in the blanks and keeps things realistic and understandable. Great read.
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It consumed me I can't express enough how consumed I was by this book I didn't want to put it down and I now have a list of friends waiting in line to borrow it. It was the best teen literature i've read since...well ever! I read the fault in our stars a few months back and thought no book could be so heart-clenching and make me feel every little thing ever again but then I came across Eleanor and Park and it blew me away. The realistic relationship between the two was compelling and the fact that it didn't turn out to have a cliche happy ending was even better. I found myself wishing that Eleanor didn't look the way she did which made me quite ashamed of my thoughts but thats whats so great about this book, the fact that both Eleanor and Park aren't the typical good-looking high school teenagers that are in the average teenage novel. It was realistic and romantic and I am definitely a sucker for sweet romance. Five stars along with two thumbs up goes to Rainbow Rowell for this one!
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the Name of the book, and the cover of Eleanor & Park is just perfect. I thought this book was amazing, better than "The Fault In Our Stars", it was breathtaking and the best romance book i have ever read
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be prepared to giggle in public! This book was highly recommended to me and I will never regret it! The relationship between Eleanor and Park is beautiful and one that both are willing to hang onto, no matter what happens. SPOILER ALERT: I thought it was a great plot twist when we find out who the real culprit was behind the nasty remarks on Eleanor's books. I won't mention the name in case whoever is reading this hasn't read the book yet! Thank me later. I wish there was more to the book, the ending wasn't enough for me, haha! I think Rainbow Rowell should write another sequel to this already awesome work of hers! Even if it was shorter, at least we would know the continuation about Eleanor & Park's love life. Other than that, great book, worth it, and gave me a great feeling before, during, and after <3.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book left me speechless....I loved this book and the ending made me cry. I hope they get back together. They were a beautiful couple, it's just sad that they were torn apart. Exactly how I feel right now.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I wish it hadn't ended! Wow, what a great book! Really, I give it 4.5 stars. (I found the use of bad language, although probably realistic, distracting.) But other than that, it was really a perfect read. I loved the third-person point of view from two characters' perspectives. I love how the characters' love for each unfolded. I love how I felt about these two imperfect people. Really, what's not to love? Beautifully executed. I can't wait to red the next thing by Rainbow Rowell.
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful. At first glance, Eleanor & Park seems to be nothing more than your typical teen romance novel. However, from the intricate character development that makes you feel like you've known them forever, the heart-wrenching storyline, and the fact that both of the main characters and the love that they share is atypical from the world around them, this book was captivating and moving. Eleanor and Park are both enigmas, people who no one else has dared to write a serious romance about. Eleanor is heavyset, with wild red hair and wears mens' clothing, while Park is half-Korean and likes to wear eyeliner. In any other novel characters such as these are either scorned upon or used as comic relief, but this novel delves into the lives of these outcasts, putting a unique spin on the world and on love that few other authors venture into. As someone who is an enigma herself, I loved reading about people who embody a different physique and point of view than the typical books written from the high steps of the social hierarchy, looking down. And this novel had me looking to Rowell and thinking that, finally, someone understands what it is to be both an outcast and still a normal human being capable of both sorrow and joy, fear and courage, and love in all its beautiful forms.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! This was an amazing book! I LOVED IT! I couldn't handle the ending! Completely broke my heart is there a PART 2! I would love to know what happens next!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing less then perfection This is absolutely amazing! from the moment I started reading I couldn't stop. It's moving and oh so precious. You have to be pretty crazy not to love this.  
Date published: 2014-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read. Three words: Best. Book. Ever.
Date published: 2014-01-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me.. When this was won the YA book of the year at GoodReads, I knew I had to pick it up. I had such high hopes. I thought this would be it. The book that would make me fall in love with contemporary again. Sadly, my expectations were not met. It declined and I decided to DNF it. I hate not finishing a book, even if I dislike it, so I finally picked it up again. Only to be disappointed. Again. We're introduced to both Eleanor & Park. We see their family dynamics, their personalities and then they finally meet each other on the school bus. Detesting each other on sight, both characters are indifferent to each other and one ends up being so racist. (I get it was written in the time period of the '80s but still that bugs me.) Then next thing I know they stopped hating each other and were proclaiming how much they loved each other all in the span of lost looks and accidental brushes of their hands. What?! Did I miss something? They hated each other, now they're falling in love? Why!? They only had comics in common. They didn't get to know each other at all. That came later. There was also one part where Eleanor is talking about his skin and I just couldn't help but think WHHHHHHHY? What is going on here? Still puzzled about their love story, I kept reading. Only to find out there's a little bit of bullying and abuse going on. I started to get a little uncomfortable. There was also a barrage of '80s references on every single part and page. I felt it was so overdone. The pacing didn't work for me either. There's the back and forth of their viewpoints and I started to get annoyed, confused and exasperated. Did we really need just one sentence of narration and then go back to the other character? Was this to show the differences between their thoughts? Maybe but it was super distracting. Lastly, that ending. Was it supposed to be a revelation? There were hardly any clues until the middle. Maybe if the romance wasn't the main focus and more emphasis on Eleanor's struggles throughout the entire novel would have been better. Because her thoughts revolved around Park and him alone. The focus is predominantly on the romance which is why the ending didn't work for me. I felt meh. That's it? I so wanted to love this one.
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books Honestly, I don't even know what to say about the amazingness of this book. I was immediately hooked, and fell so hard for these characters. The writing was witty and quick as a whip, the characters had SO much to them. Park came from a good, middle class family, with a younger brother and parents who were madly in love with each other. Eleanor came from a broken family with an abusive stepfather, and a mother who couldn't stand up for herself or her five children, where they all share a room in a run down house. The paradoxes of these two made it seem like they would never be able to beat the odds. But despite everything, they grew to love each other during quiet moments on the school bus, sharing comics and music and sweet touches. Eleanor and Park had so many amazing sweet lines in it that I was swooning non stop! While some books can come across as sappy and sickly sweet, Rowell pulled it off flawlessly. I literally read this book in a day and a bit, I could absolutely not put it down. It was the perfect story of love and dedication when everything seems against you. If there is one book you should read immediately and it is on your shelf, it should be Eleanor and Park.
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A cute high school romance about first love Eleanor & Park is something I've wanted to read for a long time but never picked up. Oh, what a mistake that was! This is possibly the cutest and most romantic contemporary I've ever read! It's really realistic and it made me sympathize a lot with the characters. It made me cheer them on and quickly flipping the pages to see what happened next. So this book is about a half-Asian boy named Park and a weird girl named Eleanor. What I liked best about the book are the characters. Usually in YA, you always have this hunky sexy guy and this pretty-but-thinks-she-isn't-pretty girl. That's not the case at all here. Park is the insecure half-Asian boy who's sweet and thinks he's not good-looking. Eleanor is the fat self-doubting girl who always has weird outfits. They don't fit into school at all, yet they come together and are just perfect for each other. What I learned from this: First love is truly awkward. I'm still fourteen and haven't had my first love so I wouldn't know. But from this book, eh.. really awkward. They were never sure what to do and took tiny baby steps to build their relationship. Eleanor was so happy with just the hand holding that she could forget about all the bad things that was happening to her (I admit, I was squealing too...). They went through mistakes and learned how to build their relationship again step by step. It made the romance realistic and made me feel like that's the kind of relationship I want one day. Eleanor & Park isn't the kind of romance book you see in YA these days. That's why it's got such high praises from me. I feel like I can't say enough good things about this one because you need to read it yourself to experience the book to the full extent. The whole book was sweet and I think the characters found themselves through their relationship. They found out what love meant and that love can carry them through any hardships they might have. I would encourage everyone to read Eleanor & Park as it is the kind of book that just makes my heart warm up (and make me die a little on the inside.)
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great, easy read. I am so in love with this story. The writing is amazing, and I got through it in no time. It's definitely a book I will come back to and re-read over and over again.
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated out of 5 by from It was absolutely breath-taking. The writing was flawless and relatable. It wasn't a love story where you couldn't understand their emotions. These teens reacted just how I expect anyone else would. They said the things you might catch yourself saying; the cheesy things, the funny things, the embarrassing things; things you would say when you forgot to filter what you said before you spoke. The book was honest as were the characters. They weren't stereotypical good-looking, jaw-dropping people but that's what made them special. They didn't need to be skinny or have perfect hair or to be tall; they were human. Everything in the book fit together like a perfectly-crafted puzzle. The ending leaves you speechless and you can't help but wish that there was more because it was so good but happy that there wasn't more because it would taint what was finished. It will make you laugh, cry and smile. Eleanor and Park will make you wish you had a love that they have and make you look at situations differently. It will have a lasting effect on you.
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from To hyped up At this point I am sure that everyone and their cousin has read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (and loved it). If they haven't read it, they've heard of it and have it on their TBR. That was exactly what happened to me. There was so much hype surrounding this book that I just had to get my hands on it. Readers everywhere were saying this was the best book they had read this year, maybe even this decade and that Eleanor and Park brought out all kinds of feels. There were SO many fantastic things being said about this book and when I finally got around to reading it my expectations were high! Unfortunately Eleanor and Park fell a little flat for me and I will be the first to tell you it was partly due to the amount of hype it received. I didn't hate the book, I just didn't love the story as much as everyone else and I'll do my best to tell you why. I had a hard time believing the romance between Eleanor and Park. They never spoke to one another beyond sharing some reading material twice a day on the bus. Even than they didn't really talk. So I don't understand how they developed this amazingly strong connection when they weren't even friends. It was the whole lack of communication that made the whole relationship unbelievable. I also didn't like how Eleanor treated Parker. I understand that Eleanor had some things to work through and that she didn't trust easily. But she knew when she was being unreasonable and when she was mistreating Parker. What also really got me was that she never apologized for it. throughout the majority of the novel I wasn't a huge fan of Eleanor. Her attitude towards a lot of things didn't sit right with me. In saying all of that. Eleanor had it rough. She was unhappy and her life was not at all stable. Her step father is abusive and her mother does not stick up for her. So while I understand where Eleanor is coming from, I still can't appreciate the way she related to others. Park on the other hand was SO sweet. I really liked him. I can't say that he'll ever make it to my book boyfriend list, but I think we could be best friends. Park was laid back and didn't take life to seriously. He had a great family- his mother was hilarious and I thought she was great. Unlike Eleanor, Park had a fantastic relationship with his family- even his dad who Park often thought expected to much from him sometimes. Park was also able to deal with Eleanor's crazy attitude without much frustration. I may be the only one who actually liked the end of Eleanor and Park. It was perfect. It was the most realistic ending that's for sure. It was absolutely what was best for Eleanor. Overall, even though I didn't particularly like Eleanor and I didn't find the romance believable I still enjoyed the story (I just didn't love it). Rainbow Rowell certainly knows how to write a compelling and complex story. I am a fan of her storytelling that's for sure. ~Happy Reading Everyone!
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting.. I had really high hopes for this book as many people have raved about it, including my favourite author, John Green. I was expecting a wonderful love story, filled with drama and happy endings. My expectations were well... put down. The book has quite a bit of harsh language. I don't mind it if it's used correctly and not over done. This book seemed to have every swear ever thought of and written at least 100 times each within the first 5 chapters. Of course it died down throughout the book, but that wasn't the first impression I was hopping for. I found the story was good, but a lot of things were missing. The love that was trying to be built around Elanor and Park, I felt, was just not as prominent as it should have been. They started with a fond dislike for each other and then all of a sudden, park had an enduring passion for Elanor and she just accepted it. Overall it's a good book. If you're looking for a romantic, happy love story, this is not your book. I found after I was done reading I was sad and angry, but I wanted to know more. I felt that the story took forever to develop, and once it got to a climax where finally something interesting was beginning to develop, the story ends. Like I said, this is a very well written novel, I just didn't care for the story, plot or character development.
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! This book was wonderful in every way. I couldn't stop reading for a minute! I fully recommend this book to anyone who enjoys love stories!
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!! At first while i was reading it, it was a bit boring. However as the book went on i couldnt put it down. It was great and i would re read it and suggest it to anyone!
Date published: 2013-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really does remind you what it is like to fall in love This is the perfect easy summer read. For anyone who has fallen in love as a young adult, this book will remind you of the raw connection two people have as they realize how much they mean to each other. This book is giddy, awkward, simple, authentic, and extremely relatable. You can't help but root until the end for the love story that these two characters create.
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Decent I read this book, and I found it decent. I say that because the story line isn't really original. I must say, there were a hand full of parts where I had to read over again because it was great and I loved it, but for the most part I found it repetitive. Still a good read though but it would be one I would rather borrow from a friend, not buy.
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing. This book is one of the best I have ever read! This book is definitely worth the money and the read; it keeps you intrigued the whole way through! I could not put this book down once I started to read it... Be warned! :) 'Eleanor & Park' is simple, touching, and enlightening. I loved it!
Date published: 2013-05-30
Rated out of 5 by from This book was absolutely amazing. I couldn't put it down. Really sad there isn't a number two.. D;
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated out of 5 by from Completely fell in love with this novel, with the inability to put it down. I believe everyone has gone through something like this - not the extremes - and would be able to relate to the characters. Heart felt and totally down to earth. Worth money and the read!
Date published: 2013-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot Stop Talking About It! This book had me hooked from the very first page. The plot, the characters and the writing style are very empowering. While the plot is cliche, Rainbow Rowell managed to take it to a whole new level that no one, in my opinion, has managed to do within the last few years. Completely worth the money paid for it and more. Eleanor and Park will have you betting your money on your own love, laughing with your significant other and seeing life in a better, more joyful way. I am looking forward to seeing this author write future novels.
Date published: 2013-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This one pleasantly surprised me! Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this book for review! When I first accepted this book for review, I’ll admit that one of the only reasons I was really interested in reading it was because of the recommendation from author John Green. Since I love John’s writing, I’ll pretty much try anything he wants me to read! (Well, this request came in a Goodreads chat — not from John personally to me. THAT would be awesome.) Really, when I started reading this, I assumed it was just going to be some kind of contemporary romance — two kids meet and fall in love. You know, the typical thing. But this book turned out to be so much more. There were quite a few issues in the story that I felt my heart breaking at times and at other times it was soaring. There was a great blend of hard times with the more lovelier times of Eleanor and Park getting to know one another. The characters were great in this story. I really felt for Eleanor and her family situation. At first, when I was thinking that there would be nothing really serious about this book, I had not really prepared myself for the seriousness that was about to take place. I could see why Eleanor would want to hide any intimate details from Park — honestly, the parts that focused on the domestic issues really bothered me, so it was kind of nice to have that balance of friendship and romance. It was also nice how different Eleanor and Park were from one another, from their personalities to their home life. I did really love the throwbacks to the 80′s, like comic books and cassette tapes. There weren’t a lot of these things that I could find while reading, but the odd one that popped up that I could identify with was a nice thing. I also really loved the references to music that were made throughout. The writing style also appealed to me, with the story being told in alternate point of views between Eleanor and Park. I kind of liked how the story started off with them each having a chapter, and then slowly they’d start to share chapters — sometimes numerous times. It just made sense, with them both being so different and living in such drastic situations, for the story to be told this way. The only thing that really bugged me with this book was the love itself. For kids so young, it seemed like their love happened a little too immediately and was ALL-CONSUMING right from the start. I liked it when they had a friendship going, but it got serious very fast — and I’m not talking about physically serious, but emotionally serious. I do think that I would read more by Rainbow Rowell — this was a good introduction book for me! While it may not have been as moving to me as it has been to others, I really enjoyed it, and even teared up in a spot or two. I do love stories that are just about two kids falling in love, but it was kind of nice to switch it up and have something a little more serious.
Date published: 2013-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Eleanor & Park... Wow. Its just simply a fantastic book. It has great characters, a good storyline, great side stories, and its amazingly written. You could not ask for more. I absolutely love how both Eleanor and Park are so different. Park is half Chinese, and Eleanor is a bigger, red haired girl who wears different clothes and doesnt fit in. Its not like theyre both 'misfits' or whatever you want to call it. I enjoy how Park isnt popular but has friends. What i mean is hes not best friends with everybody, but hes generally relaxed around his classmates. And Eleanors home life is - well, its sad but so real and true to life. All these little things that make up Eleanor and Park make them seem like 'real people' with 'real thoughts' and 'real feelings.' They really do seem more like real people, and less like characters in a fiction book. You can easily connect with them and find things you have in common with them. And i love that. They are so deep and have real problems. They aren't perfect, and although they are good for each other, they do have differences and problems about them and their relationship. But like i mentioned before, this makes them - and the whole book - better. Every relationship had problems and, yes, many other books show that, but this one really projects how just how many two people - and one relationship - can have, and what it takes to get past them. Problems involving family life, approval (or lack of) from peers and classmates (and family), and just normal teenage problems that all relationships have. This book faces challenges, difficulties, and struggles that most teens have, and also ones that are more personal, and that few people have, but they're ones everybody can connect to. Its an easy read and a heartfelt book that everyone can relate to. It deals with the reality of life, making decisions, and has a lot of undertones about life as a teenager, trying to fit in yet be yourself, and how to deal with a difficult family. Its great for teens, and faces how hard it is to make decisions, to do the right thing, what the right thing is, to deal with how confusing your emotions and feelings can be, to be happy, and do follow your heart. Also, it shows how hard it can be to know what your heart wants. Eleanor & Park is written well, and really captures the characters and how they feel. There are strong connections that readers can make to the storyline and feelings of the characters. It really is an amazing book.
Date published: 2013-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So many glorious feelings I see thousands of books every year, and when I get a good feeling about something I usually run with it. I read Eleanor & Park while on vacation with my family. I wound up ignoring them for 2 days. I just wanted to read. And hug the book. And read some more. The relationship between Eleanor and Park is beautiful. These characters are beautiful. This book gave me all kinds of feelings. I love these characters and I think Rainbow Rowell has all the depth and feeling that readers find in a John Green book. I want to share this book with everyone.
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A perfection of teenage love This book consumed me. I lived in every word, and felt every feeling. I was just about to write about how this book made me remember those beginning feelings of love, when I realized that the author claims that it would..right in the description. Rainbow Rowell, you poet you. From the very first few lines of the very first page, I knew I was done for. I was hit with an unrelenting rush of feeling, of longing-in the least corny way possible. Everything in this book felt real to me. Can I just tell you..how INCREDIBLY refreshing it was to read about a legit, REALISTIC, teen romance? No paranormal mumbo involved. Just straight, uncomplicated (okay, maybe a little complicated), good ol' 80's, hormone enraged, teenage LOVE. I wanted to HUG it. I wanted to HUG THIS BOOK. Park: A half Asian, half white, male teen existing in a world populated by mostly whites. He stuck out like a sore thumb, which was important for the story, but he also stuck out in my mind as well. I long for content in books that describe the ethic and cultural background of their characters-I want to be able to envision these characters down to their every DETAIL. That was handed to me in this book, it was handed to me and I DEVOURED it. I loved that Park was Asian; I loved that we were reminded of that very fact on every few pages. [Note: Just so there isn't any confusion, I still love me my paranormal romances sprinkled here and there-I just needed a break.] Eleanor: My brain found it harder to wrap itself around her. I hated myself for it, but I kept wanting her to not look the way she did. I wanted her to be something she wasn't. And then I mentally SLAPPED myself and realized that she was exactly how I wanted her to look. She was a bigger, freckled, red-headed beauty, and I learned to love everything about her at almost exactly the same pace Park did. Park & Eleanor together: When what happened between them finally happened, I think time stood completely still for me. I was sitting right between them, I was. Miss Rowell completely entrapped me with her descriptions of longing, I ..couldn't..breathe. I especially loved that the storyline was broken into Park's view, and then Eleanor's. It made their interactions THAT much better. The back stories and side stories in this book were also incredible, and SO well written. It wasn't just a love story. It wasn't. It was a story of pain, and overcoming, and acceptance, and simply getting by with what you have. It touched on so many sensitive topics, and they all worked together SO..SO well. I didn't want it to end, but I appreciate and respect where and HOW it did end. It was unsatisfying while being completely satisfying. Makes sense right? If you're a sucker for love, read this book. If you're not a sucker for love, DEFINITELY read this book.
Date published: 2013-01-29

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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)"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