- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Special ed. edition (Feb. 26 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250012570
- ISBN-13: 978-1250064875
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3.1 x 21.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
#12,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #201 in Teen Romance Fiction
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: While Eleanor & Park is technically classified as YA lit and has a cutesy cover, don’t let the stigma of “books for teens” fool or deter you. It is written about teens, sure, but the themes are so universal that anyone who survived high school will relate to the lives of the two protagonists. Eleanor is the new girl in town and her wild red hair and patchwork outfits are not helping her blend in. She ends up sitting next to Park on the bus, whose tendencies towards comic books don’t jibe with the rest of his family’s love of sports. They sit in awkward silence every day until Park notices that Eleanor is reading his comics over his shoulder; he begins to slide them closer to her side of the seat and thus begins their love story. Their relationship grows gradually--making each other mixed tapes (it is 1986 after all) and discussing X-Men characters--until they both find themselves looking forward to the bus ride more than any other part of the day. Things aren’t easy: Eleanor is bullied at school and then goes home to a threatening family situation; Park’s parents do not approve of Eleanor’s awkward ways. Ultimately, though, this is a book about two people who just really, really like each other and who believe that they can overcome any obstacle standing in the way of their happiness. It’s a gem of a book. --Caley Anderson
“Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy, and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Eleanor & Park is a breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders.”
—Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door
“The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Sweet, gritty, and affecting . . . Rainbow Rowell has written an unforgettable story about two misfits in love. This debut will find its way into your heart and stay there.”
--Courtney Summers, author of This Is Not a Test and Cracked Up to Be
“Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution maintains the novel’s delicate balance of light and dark.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“In her rare and surprising exploration of young misfit love, Rowell shows us the beauty in the broken.”—Stewart Lewis, author of You Have Seven Messages
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Overall, the book was decent, but I was hoping for more. I would maybe read another book by this author.
It is an easy read but it never has a strong climax. Park is great and likable, Eleanor is meh and you even wonder what they are doing together.
Ending is lazy.
Some of the language is pretty grown up, but not misplaced.
Eleanor & Park on the other hand, is the kind of book where you cast the movie adaptation in your head. The characters are self-conscious and complex, the love story is organic and life-like, and the teen angst obnoxious. Plus it’s set in 1986, the year I graduated from high school.
I really identified with these characters, especially Eleanor’s repressive household, where you had to lie to do anything cool. I loved the subtle references to 80’s pop culture, and of course the music references. This book spoke to me as an adult the way, Pretty in Pink spoke to me as a teenager.
If you liked Freaks and Geeks, you’ll love Eleanor and Park. It captures that sense of wanting to be cool while at the same time knowing that wanting to be cool is stupid and lame. The characters are so engaging that you forget they don’t have cell phones or Facebook.
I pretty much binge-read this book, rushing to the end with 15 minutes left on my lunch break because I couldn’t stand the thought of going four hours without knowing the conclusion. I love it when a young adult book helps me remember who I was, and this book did that in spades.