Eleanor & Park (Paperback)
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DescriptionEleanor 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.
- Published: 28 February 2013
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781409120544 ISBN 10: 1409120546
- Sales rank: 157
Reviews for Eleanor & Park
A new favorite. Read it. NOW.
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. by Julie Rimpula