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Eleanor and Park

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ISBN13: 9781250012579
ISBN10: 1250012570
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Staff Pick

This is the perfect teen romance. Set in 1986, the characters bond over mixtapes, comic books, and feeling like outsiders. Both sad and hopeful, this is my favorite book of the year. I've been recommending it to all of my YA-reading friends.
Recommended by Jen M., Powells.com

Last year, The Fault in Our Stars was my number one book for this list. So, when John Green gave a glowing blurb for Eleanor and Park, I decided to read it — and I'm glad I did. It's wonderful. Even better than The Fault in Our Stars. It's like a punch to the gut and the sweetest, softest kiss on the lips... and you're going to love every minute of it. Prepare to be all swoony inside.
Recommended by Jordan, Powells.com

Billie told me this book would break my heart, and still I went like a lamb to the slaughter. Eleanor and Park is bittersweet and lovely. It's like your favorite song and your first kiss mixed together. You will want to keep it forever in that special place in your heart.
Recommended by Linda C., Powell's Books at PDX

This is the story of two young people scraping against the walls of life as they know it and pushing together to escape everybody's narrow definitions of what it means to be them, sometimes losing that strength, and sometimes discovering it in heartbreaking ways. It's a tactile story, an emotional story, and kind of the most bittersweet thing in the whole world. It also feels real as hell, which makes it all the more gripping. Immediately after finishing the last page of Eleanor and Park, I went back and reread the final chapter, spent some time drying my eyes, and then proceeded to tell as many people about it as possible.
Recommended by The Dot, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what its like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what its 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.

Review:

"Half-Korean sophomore Park Sheridan is getting through high school by lying low, listening to the Smiths (it's 1986), reading Alan Moore's Watchmen comics, never raising his hand in class, and avoiding the kids he grew up with. Then new girl Eleanor gets on the bus. Tall, with bright red hair and a dress code all her own, she's an instant target. Too nice not to let her sit next to him, Park is alternately resentful and guilty for not being kinder to her. When he realizes she's reading his comics over his shoulder, a silent friendship is born. And slowly, tantalizingly, something more. Adult author Rowell (Attachments), making her YA debut, has a gift for showing what Eleanor and Park, who tell the story in alternating segments, like and admire about each other. Their love is believable and thrilling, but it isn't simple: Eleanor's family is broke, and her stepfather abuses her mother. When the situation turns dangerous, Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution — imperfect but believable — maintains the novel's delicate balance of light and dark. Ages 13 – up. Agent: Christopher Schelling, Selectric Artists. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

“Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy, and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

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

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)

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

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

About the Author

Rainbow Rowell is a columnist for the Omaha World-Herald. Her first adult book, Attachments, was published by Dutton in April.  Eleanor & Park is her first young adult novel.

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iheartbooksbooks, April 29, 2014 (view all comments by iheartbooksbooks)
“Don’t bite his face, Eleanor told herself. It’s disturbing and needy and never happens in situation comedies or movies that end with big kisses.”

Swoon. Swoon. Swoon. This book was amazing. Eleanor & Park centers around two misfits trying to get through high school in the year 1986 but gradually fall in love. It all begins when new girl, Eleanor, steps onto the school bus and takes a sit next to Park. This isn’t instant love; disgust, anger, and judgment hinder communication and attraction. It isn’t until a comic book is brought onto the bus that things start to turn. Comic book reading, music listening, and finally small talking takes the two to another world and brings them closer. Park and Eleanor would rather think about each other, but at times their home life tears them apart. It’s clear from the beginning that both protagonists are imperfect but together they are perfection. Eleanor and Park are so real. The emotions they convey become your emotions. You love them as characters, but you love them more when they’re together. This is no ordinary romance; it will have you smiling stupidly, crying uncontrollably, and more than anything warming your heart. I haven’t read a book that was so realistic, so lovable, and so heartbreaking, all at the same time.
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Beverly B, March 28, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
I doubted that Eleanor and Park could live up to its rave reviews, but it did. It has been described as a modern day Romeo and Juliet, but I think it is more of an updated The Outsiders. Eleanor is stuck in a horribly poor, horror of a home. She is also a white newcomer in a mostly black high school. She tries to hide her poverty by making it look like she is wearing tattered ill-fitting clothes on purpose. Park is also a misfit. He is a middle class, artistic "mixed" Asian among the mostly blue color sports and party centered student body. He does not like Eleanor for a long time, but when his friends start to harass her, he feels sorry for her. He sort of adopts her just to reduce the amount of belittling she has to endure. Their romance blooms when he introduces her to super hero comic books and punk rock. Eleanor is not an easy person to love. She is so guarded and fearful, she can barely have a normal conversation, but she appreciates Park's optimism and confidence. She also loves being in his normal home with his normal parents. When she needs him most, Park, and his parents, are there for her even though Park knows it means he may never see Eleanor again.
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Joel Karpowitz, January 26, 2014 (view all comments by Joel Karpowitz)
I devoured this book like Saturday morning breakfast cereal.

Rainbow Rowell captures about as perfectly as I could hope that feeling of teenage love--the consuming, overwhelming, enveloping feeling of wanting and needing and feeling hungry to consume another person that anyone who had a relationship that mattered to them in high school is sure to recognize.

And in Eleanor and Park, she creates the kind of misfits that so many teenagers can identify with. Not so much the idealized wunderkind who other YA writers celebrate, but the mostly average kid who is passionate about a few things and lost about a lot of things and feels broken much of the time and doesn't know she (or he) needs someone who helps her (or him) feel found. Kids who love music and comic books and are smart, but they're not savants, and they're not about to change the world or save the world, because they're just trying to survive. Because sometimes high school can be the loneliest place on the planet.

And then someone says something like, "You can be Han Solo. And I'll be Boba Fett. I'll cross the sky for you." And if your little heart doesn't melt a little at that, then you're not the kind of person I probably have much in common with, because damn, that's fantastic. And that's just the tip of the iceberg for Rowell's millions of metaphors about trying to capture that feeling of love.

There is drama here. One of the two lives in a hellacious and abusive home. Teenage cruelty, and parents who don't understand, and figuring out how to get time alone. All that drama is here, and more.

But at heart, it's about being an outsider, and finding someone who makes you feel like you're a part of the only inside circle that matters.

I loved it.


(PS: On Spotify Rowell has listed a killer soundtrack to the novel. A mixtape from Rowell to us--a kind of "Best Of" of Park's mixes for Eleanor. It's fantastic.)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250012579
Author:
Rowell, Rainbow
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20140204
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 18

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Product details 320 pages St. Martin's Griffin - English 9781250012579 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This is the perfect teen romance. Set in 1986, the characters bond over mixtapes, comic books, and feeling like outsiders. Both sad and hopeful, this is my favorite book of the year. I've been recommending it to all of my YA-reading friends.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Last year, The Fault in Our Stars was my number one book for this list. So, when John Green gave a glowing blurb for Eleanor and Park, I decided to read it — and I'm glad I did. It's wonderful. Even better than The Fault in Our Stars. It's like a punch to the gut and the sweetest, softest kiss on the lips... and you're going to love every minute of it. Prepare to be all swoony inside.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Billie told me this book would break my heart, and still I went like a lamb to the slaughter. Eleanor and Park is bittersweet and lovely. It's like your favorite song and your first kiss mixed together. You will want to keep it forever in that special place in your heart.

"Staff Pick" by ,

This is the story of two young people scraping against the walls of life as they know it and pushing together to escape everybody's narrow definitions of what it means to be them, sometimes losing that strength, and sometimes discovering it in heartbreaking ways. It's a tactile story, an emotional story, and kind of the most bittersweet thing in the whole world. It also feels real as hell, which makes it all the more gripping. Immediately after finishing the last page of Eleanor and Park, I went back and reread the final chapter, spent some time drying my eyes, and then proceeded to tell as many people about it as possible.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Half-Korean sophomore Park Sheridan is getting through high school by lying low, listening to the Smiths (it's 1986), reading Alan Moore's Watchmen comics, never raising his hand in class, and avoiding the kids he grew up with. Then new girl Eleanor gets on the bus. Tall, with bright red hair and a dress code all her own, she's an instant target. Too nice not to let her sit next to him, Park is alternately resentful and guilty for not being kinder to her. When he realizes she's reading his comics over his shoulder, a silent friendship is born. And slowly, tantalizingly, something more. Adult author Rowell (Attachments), making her YA debut, has a gift for showing what Eleanor and Park, who tell the story in alternating segments, like and admire about each other. Their love is believable and thrilling, but it isn't simple: Eleanor's family is broke, and her stepfather abuses her mother. When the situation turns dangerous, Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution — imperfect but believable — maintains the novel's delicate balance of light and dark. Ages 13 – up. Agent: Christopher Schelling, Selectric Artists. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy, and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike.”
"Review" by , 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
"Review" by , “The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “In her rare and surprising exploration of young misfit love, Rowell shows us the beauty in the broken.”
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