Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

86%

9 Critic Reviews

...“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.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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.

 

About Rainbow Rowell

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Rainbow Rowell, author of Elanor & Park, is a columnist at The Omaha World-Herald, where she writes about pop culture and lifestyles. She lives in Nebraska with her family.
 
Published February 26, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin. 335 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Jenny Bird on Apr 16 2013

Good Lord, the intensity of the swoon in this book. Rowell writes romantic scenes in a way that feels completely honest to her characters, is breathtaking in its innocence, and yet…you might want to set your air conditioning to it's coldest setting, ifyouknowwhatimsayin'.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by John Green on Mar 08 2013

...“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.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Scarlett, The Bookaholics on Mar 25 2015

I love the way she writes normally in normal-ish situations. I think she likes to write set in the past-Eleanor and Park is set in the 80's and Attachments is set in 1999. Overall I think she is just a fabulous writer and I wish I could put words on a piece of paper like she does.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by PankhuriD on Mar 17 2015

I rate this book 5 stars out of 5 stars for its touching story, conversational language and compelling characters.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Rosa on Nov 11 2014

They were young and they were realistic; realistic enough to know that they belonged together. Eleanor and Park will become heroes on my bookshelf. Especially Park. I really want a boyfriend like him.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Summer Aurora on Aug 15 2014

Not only can Rowell write a kick-ass plot and characters, her actual writing was frankly some of the best I have read in a long time. Whatever came out of either characters mouth was silky and beautiful.

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Dear Author

Good
Reviewed by Jayne on Jan 22 2013

The joy and wonder of teenage love is cut with the awkwardness and fumbling that goes along with it. The vicious cruelty and bullying teens can show at the least sign of not fitting in is hard to read about...I think the way is cleared for a future for them and that their chance at it is a good one.

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All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Jenna Harper on Apr 17 2013

This book will haunt you. It will make you hurt and it will make you smile, and you’ll be thinking about these characters long after their story has finished.

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Flyleaf Review

Good
Reviewed by Rainbow Rowell on Jan 30 2013

The book, told in 3rd person dual narrative, features two remarkably fleshed out and finely crafted characters. And I would be hard pressed to say who I loved more, or whose narrative I enjoyed more.

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