Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

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By (author) Rainbow Rowell, Designed by Debbie Powell

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Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.

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Rainbow Rowell is a newspaper columnist in Omaha, Nebraska, where she lives with her husband and two sons. Find out more at www.rainbowrowell.com

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By Julie Rimpula 28 Jun 2014 5

Cute and light and romantic. Beautiful and bittersweet and heart-wrenching. Eleanor & Park is one of the best contemporaries I've read. Ever.

I love that the characters are so unique, but in some ways so alike. They're both awkward and smart and funny. I've never encountered such characters like Eleanor and Park before. Eleanor reminds me of Stargirl (in terms of weirdness), only ten times better because she's fat and a red-head. (I dig red-heads.) And she's a strong heroine. Her home life is chaotic, she's being bullied; heck, she doesn't even own a toothbrush. But she takes it all in stride. She may be ashamed of it all but she held on for as long as she could. Park, on the other hand, is this cute, quiet, half-Korean boy who reads comic books and gives bus seats to weird new girls. He's so sweet and it really amazes me that he's totally in love with Eleanor. And boy, does he make me swoon. *Insert heart-shaped eyes and wistful sigh here*

Eleanor & Park seems like a light read but the story actually sneaks up on you and pokes at your heart. Rainbow Rowell did a great job in balancing the light and romantic with the serious and heavy parts of the book. The lines are very good, too. They are funny and witty, but there are poignant and gut-wrenching ones, too. I don't know what to think of the ending, though. It's like Stargirl all over again. I only wish there's a sequel because I can't get enough of Eleanor and Park. (Especially Park.)

This book is brilliant. A new favorite. Read it. NOW.

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Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love, but what it's like to be young and in love with a book -- John Green, author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too BOOKLIST starred review Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love, but what it's like to be young and in love with a book John Green, author of The Fault in our Stars A breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss Eleanor and Park is completely beautiful. Set in 1986 and full of retro pop culture references, it's a book I want to share with everyone... I don't think a single person could read this book and not have their heart melted. ONCE UPON A BOOKCASE Deliriously beautiful ... My only problem with this book was that I finished it. And I knew I wanted to keep it in my life, always Jenny Bird for Forever Young Adult This sexy, smart, tender romance thrums with punk rock and true love Gayle Forman, bestselling author of If I Stay Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution - imperfect but believable - maintains the novel's delicate balance of light and dark Publishers Weekly, starred review The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too Booklist, starred review Good luck putting down Eleanor & Park ... You'll melt at all the tiny moments that add up to a killer romance Seventeen Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike Kirkus, starred review An honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love The Horn Book, starred review a perfect book and I recommend it to everyone over the age of thirteen. I don't believe I have conveyed even a fraction of how utterly fantastic it was and all I can do is prompt you to grab a copy and brace yourself GUARDIAN ONLINE