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#1 New York Times Best Seller!

"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."-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.

A New York Times Best Seller!
A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Eleanor & Park is the winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book.
A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013

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Eleanor & Park
Average rating
4.3 / 5
1 person found this helpful
Loved, loved, loved it!
November 22nd, 2015
August 1986: Eleanor is starting school at a new one and has to go there by bus. Only problem: it is really hard to be the new kid and try to find a place to sit in a bus full of judgemental people. Every time she tries to sit somewhere, the kid already on the banch keeps her to do so until, Park, who is getting tired of this, reluctantly lets her sit with him. There start the slow process of their friendship and eventually their love story. I absolutely love this story! It is cute, funny, and sad, and I couldn’t put it down. I think I only read it in two or three days… It is my second Rainbow Rowell’s book after Fangirl and it certainly did not disappoint. Her writing is simply beautiful and I found it more poetic in this one then in Fangirl. I really love Eleanor and Park together and how their relationship develops in the bus ride to school. They are going through a lot of difficult things together, but they are still so cute and funny at the same time. The only thing that annoys me about this book is that there is a lot of swearing. But I know it is because of the context and the setting of the story, so it is understandable and it is correct to have it there. It is just that my eyes sometimes did not like it. I’m the kind of girl that has all those weird expressions to say instead of swearing. In conclusion, I recommend this book to everyone because it is simply amazing! But beware: this book will break your heart.
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So beautiful
November 21st, 2015
An amazing journey of love. With every page you can feel the beat of your heart. Eleanor and Park are so different yet they are the same. I officialy have a new favorite book
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Not my fave
August 14th, 2015
It's quirky and cute, Capturing teenage awkward feelings perfectly but is a tedius read for certain.
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READ THIS BOOK
April 25th, 2015
This is my favourite book of all time (and i've read a lot of books). You feel an entierly new feeling
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Just okay
April 23rd, 2015
I kept reading out of curiosity and because it was our book club pick. I was a little disappointed. Oh well.
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I thout it was a kids book
April 10th, 2015
I am a 11 year old boy and i thout this was a kids book
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Loved it
March 10th, 2015
Cute! Great story about acceptng and dating others• as well as the reality of two vert different lives.
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1 person found this helpful
Best Read of 2014
February 14th, 2015
What a beautifully told story. This is my first Rainbow Rowell book and I’m so happy I started with this one. It was achingly sweet, laugh out loud funny and heartbreaking. It brought me back to the 80’s, before cell phones and even call waiting. Rainbow made me remember what it was like to be that age, still innocent and experiencing all of my firsts… how powerful the emotions were, how intense hand holding and first kisses were, what it felt like to connect with someone. As the book went on, I got more and more anxious and… the ending… WOW! Definitely storytelling at it’s best!
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
Love among the misfits
January 31st, 2015
Absolutely impressive, saccharine-free account of first love. Literary cousin of the old teen tv shows My So-called Life, and Freaks and Geeks. The psychology of the main characters seemed spot on, and the novel subtly exposed the potential damage to adult loving relationships when a child grows up neglected and abused. A must-read.
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Light but a dark read
January 24th, 2015
This book was very different from things I have read before. It is a story of young love and the terrible things that young people have to endure at home. It was easy to read.
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Eleanor and Park
January 18th, 2015
Its just okay. I did not like the ending of it. Thou its full of lesson. Eleanor`s mom shud be fighting back at her step dad
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2 of 3 people found this helpful
Beautiful story
November 12th, 2014
For anyone who's ever been 1) in love 2) a nerd 3) shamed for reading 'young adult literature' ...this book is for you. Wonderful love story with two great, realistic characters.
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1 person found this helpful
Perfect balance of love and angst
November 12th, 2014
Rowell does a fantastic job of creating a just-the-two-of-us-against-the-world teen love story while simultaneously dealing with the more serious subject matter of domestic abuse. The relationship between Eleanor and Park was relatable and heartbreaking - I saw some of my teenage self in Eleanor for sure. Enjoyable, thoughtful YA lit.
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Ohhh them fuzzies....
October 31st, 2014
Fuzzies....fuzzies everywhere. This took me back to High School and experience the feels of young love all over again. I was soo sad to finish it but so happy I read it...
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1 person found this helpful
Fall in love for the first time again
October 30th, 2014
Butterflies, sweaty palms, new discoveries, young love - all cover the pages of this beautiful story. Raw and realistic, it warmed the heart of this cynic.
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Good book
September 22nd, 2014
Good book bad ending
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Eleanor & Park
September 4th, 2014
Saw this book on a few top 10 reads. I did it in a week. Excellent.
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1 person found this helpful
Wait...what?
July 20th, 2014
(FANTASTIC BOOK - JUST READ IT)
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Amazing
June 15th, 2014
Beautiful writing, beautiful story, just overall amazing.
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Yes. Just yes.
May 15th, 2014
Amazing book, loved reading from the different perspectives or Eleanor and Park. It helps fill in the blanks and keeps things realistic and understandable. Great read.
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Amazing Book!
April 4th, 2014
This book left me speechless....I loved this book and the ending made me cry. I hope they get back together. They were a beautiful couple, it's just sad that they were torn apart. Exactly how I feel right now.
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I wish it hadn't ended!
March 30th, 2014
Wow, what a great book! Really, I give it 4.5 stars. (I found the use of bad language, although probably realistic, distracting.) But other than that, it was really a perfect read. I loved the third-person point of view from two characters' perspectives. I love how the characters' love for each unfolded. I love how I felt about these two imperfect people. Really, what's not to love? Beautifully executed. I can't wait to red the next thing by Rainbow Rowell.
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3 of 4 people found this helpful
An Unlikely Love Story
March 3rd, 2014
This is a beautifully & often times brutal depiction of an unlikely love story between two high school oddballs. Funny, clever and heart-breaking, the author proves yet again she is no flash in the pan.
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Amazing
February 8th, 2014
It was so sad and the end was so sudden and had a cliff hanger. I wanted to see what happens but now I will never know. This book was over all amazing and I did cry. I loved it.
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1 review
January 31st, 2014
Really beautiful love story. The characters are relatable and so well crafted. I was feeling weepy and this was just the ticket to get the waterworks going. i need to read everything Rainbow Rowell has ever written.
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Eleanor and Park Review
January 28th, 2014
BEST BOOK BY FAR. This book was heart wrenchingly beautiful. I loved how the book shows Park and Eleanor falling in love. Two teenagers who didnt expect to fall for each other. This book just shows tht anyone can fall in love. I started reading Eleanor and Park two days ago and i couldnt stop reading. I love that the author didnt end the story with Eleanor writing back Park (FINALLYYYY!). I really do hope Rainbow Rowell decides to make a sequel to this book. AAMAZING STORY. 5 stars :)
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January 24th, 2014
This book gave me butterflies in my stomach.
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January 22nd, 2014
Really great. I enjoy this book a lot. Ending was heartbreking although realistic. - Angel Zhang
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
October 6th, 2013
I finished this book so many months ago and haven’t been able to bring myself to actually sit down and write this review. So often I have heard of people saying that certain books have given them “all the feels” and, honestly, I haven’t experienced that moment… until Eleanor & Park. This book gave me all the feels. Having been bullied myself in school, it’s one of the biggest societal issues that I feel extremely strongly about and books that deal with bullying and overcoming bullying are high on my reading list. More than ever we hear about bullying, with the internet making it so much easier for cyber-bullying to occur. Even though Eleanor & Park takes place in the 80′s, so much of this book still rings true to present day. Until we all learn to respect each other and bullying is eradicated, these types of stories will be relevant and timeless. 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. Rowell has written such a beautiful love story in the midst of a very ugly world that Park and Eleanor have to live in.
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Rainbow Rowell makes me care
September 29th, 2013
I genuinely care about the characters in her books. So much so that I overlook any flaws. Just the way we love people despite their flaws, I love her characters.
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Loved it!
September 8th, 2013
Completely captures all the thrills and uncertainties of falling in love. Easy quick read and beautiful story. Loved it!
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