Eleanor & Park

by: Rainbow Rowell

Product Details

Author~ Rainbow Rowell

Pubslisher~ ST. Martins Pre

Genre~ Realistic Fiction

ISBN~ 1250012570


  • Goodread Choice Awards
  • Best Young Adult FIction
  • Globe Boston Horn 2013
  • 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


Two totally different teenagers, yet their the same. The new girl in town, Eleanor, is somewhat an outcast. She doesnt come from the best family either. Well lets cut to the chase her stepdad is a pedifile. He takes off the batroom doors, make her siblings sit on his lap , soon and so forth. And then theres Park. He likes his space, listening to music, and just keeping to himself. Until eleanor comes of course and shes forced to sit with him on the bus. EVERYDAY. These two young ones are falling for eachother harder than ever barely even speaking to eachother. Follow Eleanor and Park on there love journey and she what life brings their way.

I Personally think this book is amazing! Every single page has something to look forward. I love having to put myself into Eleanors shoes and see how she feels, and being able to relate to some of parks life. I find it so sweet how Eleanor and Park are attracted to eachtother yet they are so different. This has to be one of the best book I have ever read. -Amari Harris

Professional Reviews

I love it. I love its warmth and its vibrancy, its heartache and its pain, its humor, its meanness, the ugliness, the beauty, the crying, the laughter, the sarcasm. I love Eleanor and I love Park, and I love that there's still a tiny chance for them...and for everyone whose first love was torn away. Even if you never see that person again, they change you in ways that no one else will ever understand. They will always, always hold that little piece of your heart that no one else will ever be able to touch. - Anonomous

Gr 9 Up-Eleanor, 15, is the new girl at school and bullied because she's overweight and dresses in a flamboyant manner. Park is a half-Korean boy who has lived in Omaha, Nebraska, all his life but still feels like an outsider. This is a story of first love, which very slowly builds from the first day Eleanor sits next to Park on the school bus. First they ignore each other, and then they slowly become friends through their love of comic books and 1980s alternative music. Park is the only good thing in Eleanor's life. Her home life is a miserable exercise in trying to stay out of her abusive stepfather's way, and finding new ways to wear the same clothes repeatedly since there is no money for anything extra. Park adores everything about Eleanor, and she finds refuge at his house after school with his understanding parents. Things finally explode at Eleanor's house and Eleanor and Park's relationship is truly tested. The narrative points of view alternate between Eleanor and Park, adding dimension to Rowell's story (St. Martin's Griffin, 2013), and narrators Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhtra competently voice the pair. Give this to teenage girls who crave romance.-Julie Paladino, East Chapel Hill High School, NCα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to theAudio CD edition.

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