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.
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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'.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park | See more reviews from Kirkus
I would recommend this book to fans of Sarah Dessen, John Green, or Laurie Halse Anderson. And I’d tempt anyone looking for a romance in whatever genre to try this truly excellent read.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
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.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park | See more reviews from Guardian
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.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park | See more reviews from Guardian
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.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park | See more reviews from Guardian
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.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park | See more reviews from Dear Author
Observant. Incisive. Tense, yet buoyant with hope. "Eleanor & Park" is constructed like a Swiss watch: tightly knit and perfectly paced.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship they develop is urgent, moving, and, of course, heartbreaking, too.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
I wish I could have stayed in the middle of this book for much longer. The beginning was great, and the ending was depressing. But the middle was simply perfect.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
If you know a teenage girl who loves Sarah Dessen or even Veronica Roth books, you need to get her a copy of “Eleanor & Park” this Christmas. AND, if you know a 30-something to 40-something woman who grew up in the ’80s, you need to get her a copy, too.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
...she’s had her mind on a possible sequel, maybe set years later. I very much hope that this happens because I’d love Eleanor to finally get a chance to bite Park’s face—and because as intense as it is to be in love when you’re young, it’s better when you’re older.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
With or without a continuation, Eleanor & Park is an unforgettable novel that won’t easily leave your mind, and with good reason.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
Here come two characters you won't let go of readily. This is one of those books you wish you would never quite finish. Prepare to fall in love with Eleanor and Park.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
In a stunning YA debut, author Rainbow Rowell succeeds in channeling the best that 1980s filmmaker John Hughes had to offer: that timeless quality of teenage rebellion...Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
This book is endearing, humorous, believable, sexy, and heart-wrenching, and it embodies nearly all of the qualities we looked for: the characters are crisply realized and wonderfully quirky...Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
If you enjoyed The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman, wanted to hug I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan, or love Stephen Emond's books as much as Katie does, you have to add Eleanor & Park to your spring break pile of books!Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
I won't spoil the ending, but it was… yeah, it was pretty mind-blowing. (Is that a spoiler? If so, sorry!) There are a lot of things that don't happen in Eleanor & Park, and IMO, those things are what makes the story so achingly real...Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
...I found Eleanor & Park so special. Neither character really believes in ever after. They do, however, get to experience every surprising moment of young love, every second of anticipation as they fall for each other.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell knows how to tell a rich and compelling story about unforgettable characters. I hope, though, that the next time she writes a teen novel, it will be more appropriate for teens.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
If you're a realistic fiction fan, or just a fan of great YA, don't miss Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. It's a book that you'll be seeing in December when I write up my best of the year, but don't wait till then to get your hands on it!Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
...this book leaves a hole in your chest when it’s over, something that can only be periodically filled again with gleams of light from other books. A true emotional experience, you become part of the book while you read. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
So what would I have changed? Well, okay not much, BUT, I would have liked an extra sentence or two at the end. An epilogue, maybe...I highly recommend this deftly constructed and deeply moving book.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
I recommend this book highly to all readers, even if you do not typically read young adult. Eleanor and Park will have a resounding effect on your soul. I know they did with mine.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
In writing this review, I've picked the book up several times to look at spots I've marked. Each time I do, I lose several minutes and turn several pages- and I'm right back there with Eleanor and Park, reliving it all.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
A coming-of-age story that explores those tough choices of adolescence and also provides a trip down memory lane for those of us that grew up in the 80’s and early 90’s.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
I seriously loved this book. Did I mention that already? These two are REAL to me. I hope they become real for you too.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
I prefer my romance as a secondary story line. Or at least, I need other secondary story lines besides the romance. Personal opinion only. For the type of book this is, it's one of the best I've ever read.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
Simply put, Eleanor and Park's relationship is awesome. Rowell really captures what that first relationship is like. It was beautiful, it was heart-wrenching, it was real and I loved it!Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
Obviously I have it on my nook now, but I'll also be buying a print copy because it is just that good. I need to be able to lend it to people. And by lend I mean thrust into their hands and force their eyes to look at the pages. Get it and read it!Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
I don’t want to say too much about this book, but it was fantastic. You will not want to put this book down once you’ve started. I would recommend this book to my teenage nieces but to adult readers as well.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
...you all have to read this book right now! There's so much growth and love in this book I just want to hold it tight and never let go. Haha, so read it now! I'm begging you!Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
I finally decided to give it a chance, and I found a beautiful and real love story, but it’s a story that lacked a little bit more to be completely perfect for me.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park was so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. There were so many moments where I found myself rooting for the star-crossed duo, but cringing as I wait for the other shoe to drop.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
I went in with really high expectations, thinking I was going to be blown into next week by the awesome. Instead, I’m walking away with feelings brewing a special pot of “meh.”Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
If you are not as in to contemporary romance as I am, I would be hesitant to recommend this to you, because the focus was, as one might guess, on Park and Eleanor’s relationship, which did lead to a lot of saccharine sweet-type moments. If, however, you are game, I have a feeling you’re going to like this one!Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
Set in the 80s, when a mixed tape could convey more than any love note, Rainbow Rowell writes a love story for the misfits, a story about the imperfect guys and gals, the kind who loved Star Trek and The Smiths...Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
It is this beautiful authenticity that made me fall completely in love with Eleanor & Park. Set against a stark backdrop of more serious issues, their love story was utterly believable and very, very sweet.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
...Rowell’s book is different from many other young adult romances...Eleanor & Park is diaphanous as gossamer, but with the tensile strength of steel cable.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park read like a sketch of a painting: not quite whole, not quite full and not quite real enough to capture my imagination and make me love it.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
...even though I found myself incredibly let down by Eleanor and Park, due in large part to the lack of proper research and context into cultural and historical issues that I find quite important, especially for what is termed a historical novel, I still harbor optimism for any of Rainbow Rowell’s future works.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
To sum this up, Eleanor & Park is already a favorite of 2013. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. Rainbow Rowell can’t write another YA novel fast enough because I want to read everything she writes.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
...what is new here is how the author portrays young love–with a brio and honesty that just took my breath away, it was so fresh and true.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
Overall, this was my first Rainbow Rowell read, but it definitely won’t be my last! I can’t wait to checkout Fangirl next! If you’re a fan of contemporary novels, you’re definitely going to love Eleanor & Park.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
It’s not a perfect book, far from it, but I highly recommend it to everyone, especially to those who might be a bit jaded and are in need of a story that feels warm, sweet and welcoming.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
This book makes me heavy sigh just thinking about it. I would read it again in a heartbeat. I will certainly be reading everything by Rainbow Rowell that I can get my hands on.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
...Eleanor & Park is such an amazing book. And you all need to read it. So if you own it, go read it right away. If you don't own it, go buy it. And you need to read it as soon as possible.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
I read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell right after my friend Magan and thank goodness I had someone to talk to about it because, you guys, it was SO GOOD. It was one of those books that I could not stop thinking about and needed to dissect IN DEPTH.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
Though it is solidly grounded in the period (did I forget to mention the book is set in 1986?), Eleanor and Park is a timeless, universal story of first love.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
It’s a cute, he said/she said, look at typical teenager inner thoughts. The insights into Eleanor’s situation depict a troubled home life, poverty and life with an abusive parent, in this case a short-tempered stepfather who is an alcoholic, drug user.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
What Eleanor & Park is, really, is refreshing. I haven’t read anything like it in a long time. It’s new and fresh and the characters came alive off the page for me.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
...I couldn’t help but fall in love with the 80s culture that I grew up with (yes, I am dating myself). The clothing style, listening to Walkmans, and the cultural references all meshed to create a lovely trip down memory lane for me. I highly recommend Eleanor & Park to anyone who loves contemp YA with a lot of grit and emotion.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
The book, as the title suggests, is about Eleanor and Park, but Rainbow’s other characters really round out their world.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
What I like most about the novel is how human everyone is. Teenagers--and even adults--are so focused on themselves and what they are going through that they can't comprehend someone else's POV. In ELEANOR & PARK, we get both sides.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park is unlike any YA Contemporary Romance out there and it is that, combined with Rainbow Rowell's talent at crafting genuine characters who experience earnest love, which makes it so special.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
...brilliantly crafted and elegantly written, with the kind of prose that pulls you under in a determined tide that won’t let you up until the very last page, when, trust me, you’ll be ranting and shaking your fists at the indignity of the world.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
If you like books that are raw and serious, but at the same time cheesy and hilarious, pick up Eleanor & Park. This book was incredible and wonderful and I can't wait to read more from Rainbow Rowell.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
Did I say this book had no magic in it? It does. The magic of the connection between Eleanor and Park will linger long after you've read the last page.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
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.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
As for the ending, it's perfect. I won't say whether it ends happily or tragically- no spoilers policy and all that- but it fits the book. While it's clearly understandable, there's just the right amount of ambiguity, and it's really just perfect.Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
...it’s just this particular book that didn’t do it for me...I put this book on my Everyone Loved But Me shelf...Read Full Review of Eleanor & Park
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