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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

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"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"--
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781250012579
1250012570
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Eleanor and Park
Authors: Rowell, Rainbow
Title: Eleanor & Park
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "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"--
Audience: HL580L Lexile
Alternative Title: Eleanor and Park
ISBN: 9781250012579
1250012570
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Reading Level: 580L
Statement of Responsibility: Rainbow Rowell
Copyright Date: ©2013
Study Program: Accelerated Reader UG 3.8 11 157569
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Fiction Dating (Social customs) Fiction High schools Fiction Man-woman relationships Juvenile fiction Dating (Social customs) Juvenile fiction High schools Juvenile fiction Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Dating (Social customs)
High schools
Man-woman relationships
Dating (Social customs)
High schools
Young adult fiction
LCCN: 2012042136
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Star-crossed lovers build a relationship while riding the school bus in 1986.

Shelly is listening to Eleanor and Park. <3

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VV6 Mar 29, 2015

A sweet story of first love mixed with some heavy-duty real world struggles

List - YA Fun with Shakespeare
VV6 Mar 19, 2015

Okay, Shakespeare is just a minor part of the story, but there's definitely some R&J going on here.


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tiffanymhoang
Apr 28, 2021

This novel follows the story of two oddballs, who don’t really fit in with the rest of the kids due to their own unique quirks and characteristics. However, their differences are what bring them together as awkward, redheaded Eleanor and silent, “weird” Park get to know each other more during their daily bus rides to school. Rowell’s novel captures the first teenage love romance of two kids getting to know each other before barely knowing themselves. This book is full of youthful romance and endearing moments that will warm your heart, along with sarcastic humor and funny remarks. It even touches on sensitive and serious topics whilst they share the reality of their life stories and experiences. Overall, this is a lighthearted novel that will pull at your heartstrings as what started as a few awkward conversations transforms into a full-fledged relationship. I would definitely recommend this to anybody who enjoys teen romance!

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green_frog_3114
Apr 09, 2021

This made my heart pounce, seriously the best love story ever. I read this in one sitting, I didn't stand up at all! It feels so nostalgic, and it seems so real. I can't even describe how happy I was after this book. I'm still shocked by the smart ending. I can't even tell you, you're just going to have to read it yourself.

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Sunnycinrae
Apr 06, 2021

Honestly, my life was kind of boring before I read this. I’m a HOPELESS ROMANTIC. I never really thought the twilights saga was that cute. But the notebook and the titanic are just *cheifs kiss* This book is the best thing that has happened in my 15 years of life (reading based) . I don’t know why there are people saying about the racial slurs and stuff when if you think about it 1986-1987 probably had way more racial problems then the ones in the book. This book is Just WOW. And it’s COMEDIC. It’s a romance and it had times where I had to stop reading and full on laugh. Ah what I’d do to reread this with Fresh eyes. But anyways, I’d totally recommend. If you get the chance to read this GO FOR IT. It makes readers happy( well for me it did). But be aware that it’s love expectations aren’t necessarily easy to find in the real world. 10/10

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g2021g
Apr 01, 2021

Rainbow Rowell cannot stop making fantastic books. Eleanor and Park is a story of teen romance. The two first meet on a school bus and bond quickly through their love of comic books and mixtapes. A true story of how teen romance can be awkward, embarrassing, and something worth fighting for, Eleanor and Park latches onto your heart strings in more than one instance. These two teens show how real love is while also showing how difficult being a teen, especially an outcast, can be.
I loved how relatable both Eleanor and Park are. The two definitely show the true meaning of what it means to be a teen in love. These characters, while relatable, also are each unique in their own ways. They are an unlikely couple that will make you fall in love with love itself. I would recommend this book for lovers of quirkiness and teen romance.
Star Rating : 8/10
Age Rating : 13+

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pink_dolphin_2294
Nov 20, 2020

I loved this book! I couldn’t stop reading it and the plot was fabulous. The reason this book didn’t get 5 stars from me is because of the racist slurs in it and the ending. It definitely didn’t finish the book and it feels like we need a sequel.

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klbrooker40
Nov 16, 2020

I loved this book! A heart-wrenching story that at the same time gives you hope.

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freethebooks
Sep 28, 2020

Eleanor is like a really bad character to Park and Rainbow Rowell refers to his mother by a slur

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bookpusher
Aug 17, 2020

I said 'aw' so many times. Very sweet story!

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santoshtanneer
Aug 14, 2020

A young teen love story, first love is very special to everyone and it is narrated very beautifully. Eleanor and Park being in love was sweet but the ending was quite saddening. Overall I recommend this book.

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reshmitham
Jul 13, 2020

Loving for the first time is always special. Eleanor is a unique girl who’s new in town. She has a different fashion sense and a difficult family. She gets picked on but doesn’t have the voice to stand up for herself. Park is a normal boy who wants to live a normal life with his normal friends. But when both their paths cross and awkward bus talks turn into late-night conversations, falling in love seems inevitable.
I literally fell in love with this book almost as quickly as Eleanor and Park fell in love with each other. Maybe even quicker. What’s not to love in this book? The relatability, the writing, the plot, the characters; literally everything. I loved the relationship between Park and Eleanor, and this is easily one of my most favorite books that I have read.
It’s hard to hate anything in this book, but maybe something I slightly dislike about would be the ending. It wasn’t necessarily horrible, but I did feel it was a bit rushed and was spontaneous.
This is a cute, romantic, coming-of-age story, and if that's your cup of tea, I would definitely recommend this book.

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g2021g
Apr 01, 2021

g2021g thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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stephanieyin
Jan 24, 2021

stephanieyin thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10

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pink_dolphin_2294
Nov 20, 2020

pink_dolphin_2294 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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orange_bat_399
Sep 14, 2020

orange_bat_399 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 29

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Frances_reads
Aug 05, 2020

Frances_reads thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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reshmitham
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elisabeth_23
May 06, 2020

elisabeth_23 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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bell5133
Mar 11, 2020

bell5133 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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MOney101_1
Jan 28, 2020

MOney101_1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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ArapahoeMaryA Jun 12, 2020

He tried to remember how this happened—how she went from someone he’d never met to the only one who mattered.

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elisabeth_23
May 06, 2020

“Holding Eleanor's hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”

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Amanda_133
Mar 14, 2020

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

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MOney101_1
Jan 28, 2020

“ You don’t have to say goodbye to me ever. “ “Just tonight. “

ArapahoeMaryA Sep 27, 2018

He tried to remember how this happened—how she went from someone he’d never met to the only one who mattered.

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leafshadow
Dec 07, 2015

"Park's eyes got wide. Well, sort of wide. Sometimes she wondered if the shape of his eyes affected how he saw things. That was probably the most racist question of all time."
:))) not racist at all :))

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“I just want to break that song into pieces and love them all to death.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“I want everyone to meet you. You're my favorite person of all time.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“Holding Eleanor's hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”

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siammarino Nov 30, 2015

This book reminded me how hard high school can be, how difficult their family life often is, and how deeply teenagers can be in love. A great teen read!

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

The moment Park reluctantly lets Eleanor, the new girl, sit next to him on the bus, he allows the beginnings of an extraordinary love to form. From their mutual love of comic books and music to understanding each other in ways no one else comes close to, it isn’t long before they are seeing each other outside of school. However, their romantic relationship is far from perfect with interfering stepfathers, school bullies, and social/economical crags Eleanor and Park must face. Will Eleanor and Park’s love be able to see them through?

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Arii
Jun 28, 2015

This is a beautifully written romance novel. It describes true love and acceptance for personality instead of looks. It shows you the perspectives of both characters and shows their true appreciation for one another.

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pandaasian2
Jun 25, 2015

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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db8r413
Jun 04, 2015

Eleanor and Park begrudgingly start sharing a bus seat when Eleanor is a new student at Park's high school. They discover they have more in common than being misfits - he teaches her about comic books, she teaches him about the Beatles, and much of their relationship centers around the mixed tapes Park makes for Eleanor (it is, after all, 1986). From these simple beginnings, the two young lovers must face realities that are far beyond their years, but at least they have each other.

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Siger
Aug 13, 2014

Eleanor and Park: two highschoolers who fall drastically in love with each other. They were perfect for each other, they shared comic books, music, opinions everything! Expect their lives outside of school. Eleanor lives in a small house with her alcoholic dad which she hates, her mom whom she loves and her younger siblings whom she cares for so much. Park lives with his mom, brother and dad who expects him to be a man.
Eleanor and Park soon clarify their relationship as a couple and Park introduces Eleanor to his family. His family takes time to like Eleanor but soon enough they accept her. But Eleanor doesn't introduce Park to her family, she's too embarrassed to do so and her family would be so mad if they found out about her boyfriend. Park is curious about Eleanor's personal life, but he doesn't ask her about it.
But things at home becomes too serious and Eleanor is forced to tell Park everything about her personal life, Eleanor says she has to run away because her father has gotten out of control. Park is sad and angry but he agrees to drive her to her uncle's house.
Park and Eleanor spend their last moments together and try to make it as long as possible.
Eleanor leaves and Park leaves, the two star crossed lovers leave each other against their own will.

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TwoPixies
May 21, 2014

Two school kids fall in love when they sit next together on the bus. It i s an adorable love story that will make your day.

LibraryK8 May 31, 2013

Set in 1986, this story is filled with acid-wash, walkmans and punk music. Eleanor just doesn’t fit in, her red frizzy hair and eclectic wardrobe choices make her stand out like a sore thumb. Park’s goal is to fly under the radar, never at the bottom of the social ladder, but with no ambitions to climb to the top, he strives for mediocrity. But Park stands out when Eleanor climbs onto his bus one morning. With nowhere else to sit, Eleanor and Park become unwilling bench-mates. Over time, and without speaking the two begin to get to know each other. Eleanor reads comics over Park’s shoulder, and listens to The Smiths on his Walkman. Without even realizing it, they have become more than friends. Trying to avoid her cruel step-father, Eleanor spends more and more time with Park while Park tries to deal with the attention that having such an eccentric girlfriend brings.

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ValeriePatulot
Jul 22, 2015

Coarse Language: bit of swearing

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ValeriePatulot
Jul 22, 2015

Sexual Content: intimate scenes, sexual notes

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ValeriePatulot
Jul 22, 2015

Violence: domestic abuse, child abuse, bullying

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ValeriePatulot
Jul 22, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: violent stepdad

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Ashw9
Jul 04, 2015

Sexual Content: No sex, but very close to it.

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TwoPixies
May 21, 2014

Coarse Language: There are a lot of bad words in the book.

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