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Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor
... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 12th 2012)
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Raven Eaton It was most likely 'i love you' as throughout the whole novel she had never said it back to him, whenever Park expressed his love. I think that she is…moreIt was most likely 'i love you' as throughout the whole novel she had never said it back to him, whenever Park expressed his love. I think that she is slowly being healed from her emotional scars, therefore, she is much more confident and it is easier for her to express her feelings towards Park (less)
Colin Bohl It has to be “I Love You.” She struggled throughout the entire book to say those words to him. I believe in my heart that she finally found the nerve…moreIt has to be “I Love You.” She struggled throughout the entire book to say those words to him. I believe in my heart that she finally found the nerve to do it. I won’t allow myself to believe otherwise!(less)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
HOLY BATMAN THAT ENDING. I'M A MESS. THAT HURT, BUT IT DIDN'T AT THE SAME TIME. WHAT IS THIS FEELING EVEN? NYEAAHHH.
Cinda
I've often said that nobody should write for teens who doesn't remember what it was like to be one. Rainbow Rowell remembers, and has captured it beautifully in this book.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
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If you've experienced that first love - that heart-wringing, soul-squeezing, crush-the-air-out-of-your-lungs-whenever-you're-apart first love - this book will bitch slap your feels all to hell.

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. Ev...more
Emily May
Edit 09/13: I said a while ago when I read this book that it wasn't exactly my thing. But I really need to say something about the pathetic and narrow-minded people who caused so much trouble for the author (and others) and completely misrepresented this book. And I also want to say that I love everything Ms Rowell says in response to what has happened (that you can read in the link above). I suddenly want to tell everyone I know to read Eleanor & Park. And I fucking hate censorship.

..........more
Steph Sinclair
Should I break out in song and dance to "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep?" One lonely star. I'm just as surprised as you are, considering I just KNEW going into Eleanor & Park that I would love it, love it, love it. What reason would I have to believe otherwise? Almost all of my friends loved this book and have sworn fealty to the Goddess of Feels and Might, Rainbow Rowell. And I get it because she is a pretty awesome person and I think she is totally lovely. So trust me when I say I REALLY wanted to...more
Duchess Nicole

READ THIS QUOTE, MY ROMANTIC HEARTED FOOLS...READ IT AND LET YOUR HEART GO PITTER PAT...
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““I don't like you, Park," she said, sounding for a second like she actually meant it. "I..." - her voice nearly disappeared - "think I live for you."
He closed his eyes and pressed his head back into his pillow.
"I don't think I even breathe when we're not together," she whispered. "Which means, when I see you on Monday morning, it's been like sixty hours since
...more
caren

This book was everything I've been searching for since Anna and the French Kiss. It gave me that melty, clenchy feeling in my chest, the warm fuzzies in my stomach. I was basically a mess throughout the entire thing. These two characters had my emotions going up and down like someone was beating on them with one of those sledgehammers at a carnival, trying to get them to climb to the top of that lit up pole again and again. And every time I thought they couldn't go any higher, Park would do or s...more
Kat O'Keeffe
AMAZING BOOK! Heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time! I wasn't expecting to care so much about these characters and their relationship but I was completely caught up in this story. It's told in 3rd-person past tense, which I sometimes have trouble connecting with, but not so in this case! I feel like I really know both Eleanor and Park, and I love them both separately but I especially love them together. It seemed like their relationship shouldn't work, but it does, so well. I was g...more
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
I fully admit that I'm a sucky book reviewer. This book for me was so personal that this review is just for me.
Eleanor is just that girl. The weird one that people pick on. Who knows exactly why? She doesn't stand up for herself, she doesn't fight back. I was that girl. This is me my 10th grade year.
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If this book had been around then I would have completely worn the pages out. As it is I feel like highlighting and just re-reading the thing until it falls apart.
Talking about Romeo and Juliet Ele...more
Ariel
May 07, 2014 Ariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I have so many thoughts and ideas and things I want to discuss, and I can't possible put them all here, but here are some of my main thinkings:

1) PARENTS: Parent's are such an integral part of teenage life - they are the reason you can do things, the reason you can't do things, the reason you have money, etc. This book had parents that were just as important, interesting, and developed as the main characters and I so appreciated that. I especially enjoyed Park's parents: they were so complex and...more
Diane
I need to state right away that YA is not one of my favorite genres: I hated the Twilight books, I'm not a fan of paranormal romance and I've been avoiding the flood of YA dystopian novels. (I did like The Hunger Games series, but I was more interested in the sociological aspects of it than the romance.)

I want this to be clear because if you like YA, than my negative reaction probably won't apply to you. You may love this book, as many others already have.

I wanted to read this novel because it r...more
Kristen
Oh, man. This book made me feel ALL THE EMOTIONS! I ugly-cried at least five times while reading it. And, I can't lie, I didn't actually want to read it at all. It was one of those books I kept hearing buzz about, and words like "gritty" and "romance" and "abuse" and it just didn't sound like my kind of book at all. I also was a little annoyed that it was set in the 80's--what teen today is really interested in reading books about the 80's? But somehow it all came together for me. I loved Eleano...more
Laura
This review originally appeared on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.

I have thought about Eleanor & Park everyday since I read it two months ago.

That’s not a compliment.

In some respects, my attitude is perhaps not terribly fair because a particular aspect of Eleanor and Park elicited a visceral reaction from me that is personal to me, a reaction that a lot of people would not have or understand.

But as I’ve thought about the novel over the past two months, mulling over the possibility that I was perha...more
Megan

See more reviews like this at Reading Books Like a Boss

If I could use one word to describe this story, it would be "adorable". Eleanor and Park fell in love on the bus listening to '80's music and reading comic books. Can it get any cuter than that? I submit that it cannot! Told in alternating points-of-view, this story will grab onto you and not let you go until the ending.

Eleanor is the new girl in school. She describes herself as chubby and plain. After her mother's abusive husband kicked E...more
Amy (Foxy)
Price drop....$.3.99 ->http://amzn.to/1klU2l1 (50%)
7/17/2014


First off I need to thank,Bren, for introducing this book to me. Otherwise I would have never even known it existed. Great find, Bren!

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Not your typical highschool romance novel.
Eleanor doesn't fit the Barbie doll type. She has crazy red hair, dresses funky and isn't skinny.

Park is half Korean (the only Asian kid in the state of Nebraska). He's loves comic books and alternative music.

They are both sophomores in highsch...more
Tiffany
I know I said I wasn't going to do a review, because I feel that my status updates are pretty telling enough, but...

First, I just don't see Park's parents as a good example of a couple that "made it" against all odds, as John Green implies. There is NOTHING in this book about how or why they fell in love. As an Asian woman, I look at it through a more disbelieving lens. It sounds like a white man "saving" an Asian woman from her "poor," "lower-rung," "terrible" life. She is basically forced to a...more
Thomas
4.5 stars

I felt like I found the fountain of youth with Eleanor & Park, but at the same time, it made me feel so darn old. Here's a monologue of my thoughts while reading pages 70-71 (which can be shifted around just a little bit to apply to the rest of the book):

Me: Oh my gosh, Park feels bad for Eleanor, that's so sweet.
Me: Aw, Eleanor doesn't want to talk to Park about her abusive stepfather. That's so sweet.
Me: Park is holding Eleanor's scarf and she doesn't want him to look up because h...more
Brandi
Jul 24, 2014 Brandi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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I absolutely adored this book! I don't really know what else to say. It was such a wonderful experience. Eleanor and Park have become a part of me, I was completely wrapped up in their story. Their voices are so real and honest. I love them. Plain and Simple. My only compliant is that I wanted more.

“I don’t like you, Park. Sometimes I think I live for you”

Highly recommend this one!!
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Pamela (slytherpuff)
See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up.

Update August 1, 2013
I'm not the brightest bulb in the bunch.

Self, I thought, there's no way you'll cry during Eleanor & Park this time. You've already listened to it twice; you know what happens, so you're prepared.

Yep, I'm an idiot. But I don't care. I am so in love with this book that I will listen to it a hundred times and cry at every turn. I'll be the blubbering fool at whom people stare with their eyebrows raised. It's too well-written, too po...more
Lottie Eve
3.5 Stars!

The first two-thirds of Eleanor & Park had me absolutely smitten with the book. It was a joy to read even only one page of Eleanor & Park. The story and romance were lovely and I couldn’t help but utterly fall in love with the characters of Eleanor and Park, our two misfit protagonist. You could say that I was just completely dazzled. But then I turned from being completely dazzled to being completely furious by the ending part of the book came.

Eleanor & Park is a story tha...more
Nikki Mutch
Oct 26, 2012 Nikki Mutch rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nikki by: Tracy van Straaten
I loved this book. No, that isn't strong enough...I ADORED this book. Nope, still not really the way I feel about ELEANOR & PARK. Hmmm...how about THIS BOOK IS GOING IN MY TOP TEN FAVORITE BOOKS EVER! Really and truly it is. I feel like this book has been written for me. And I don't want to share it with anyone, and yet I want to share it with everyone. So, if you didn't like it, please do not come to me to debate its merits or ask WHY I loved it as much as I do. I won't answer you and, no m...more
Catie
3 1/2 stars

This was my blackout read and it served its purpose incredibly well. I was utterly absorbed by this story – much more than I ever expected to be. This book reminded me that I am a closet romantic and I really do enjoy romance when it’s done well. Even when prickly Eleanor and quiet Park were saying some pretty cheesy things to each other, my cringe level stayed surprisingly low. But then, Rowell does such a wonderful job of bucking the typical YA romance roles. Eleanor is overweight,...more
Kat Stark


My mind is just...wow...that ending was a sucker punch to the jaw. I can't even...I feel like this:



Going into this novel was great. I loved how the two main characters looked like the weirdest couple ever. I loved how realistic Rowell portrays how their relationship builds. I loved the honesty and even though it was very bittersweet, it's very true to reality.

First off, can I just say that the references were BOMBTASTIC in this book:
"Maybe Park had paralyzed her with his ninja magic, his Vulca
...more
★Yosbe★
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¿Recuerdas ese primer amor? ¿Ese que te hacía hablar hasta el amanecer por teléfono o aquel cuya anticipación del primer beso te hacia temblar?

No importa como haya terminado. El recuerdo siempre será agradable, al menos creo que siempre debes ver el vaso medio lleno.

Este libro es cómo un respiro de aire fresco. Eleanor & Park: los protagonistas, son únicos. Tan únicos como August y Hazel (The Fault in Our Stars), tan llenos de conflictos como Echo y Noah (Pushing The Limits) pero a su maner...more
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 23, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
4.5 Stars

”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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Aw First Loves… This was truly a wonderful story which will have you falling for Eleanor and Park because these two were absolutely adorable. You’ll just want to hug them tight and never let them go.

The story is a realistic paced tale of two high school students who find everything in one another on a loud school bus. Their relationship was so beautifully written, humorous...more
Keertana
Rating: 2.5 Stars

I sincerely hope no diabetic patients read this novel. Seriously. Eleanor and Park is almost a sickly-sweet kind of romance. I could feel myself cringing at the utter delight of it all: the gentle Asian boy, the big red-headed girl who didn’t fit in, the slow hand-holding, the chaste kisses, the Star Wars compliments, the cradle-the-phone-in-the-night discussions, the endless question-and-answer sessions, and most of all, the improbable romance of a poor girl who doesn’t even ha...more
Rose
Initial reaction: I think this book was as good as it was in terms of my reading experience because of the audiobook. I liked that part of it, but I'm a little torn on my experience of the story. Parts of it I really liked and I thought it was well written, but...there are some issues that bugged me through the read. Might be an even 3 stars overall.

Full review:

Eleanor and Park was a young adult realistic romance with its heart in the right place, I have to admit. As long as I'm singing praises...more
Laura

I almost missed this. God! I can’t believe how close I came to not having Eleanor and Park in my life. This book has been hanging out in my to-read piles for awhile now, so when I spotted the audio version at the library a couple of weeks ago I jumped on it. The perfect push and inspiration to read and listen. Then life got in the way, due dates came & went, and I finally threw down a deadline—if I don’t pop this sucker in and listen this weekend, it’s never going to happen. Well it happened...more
MLE
Jul 07, 2014 MLE rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: yad
I really wanted to like this book. The premise seemed interesting, and I liked the concept of the chracters, but something kept me from really enjoying it. This book wasn't bad per say, but I found myself unable to connect with it in the way I wished I had been able to.

The characters felt a bit flat to me. They were quirky on the surface, but other than their interest in comics, and edgier bands they felt shallow as people. I was especially disappointed by Eleanor. I understand why she acts the...more
Maggie
Timing, as they say, is everything. I read most of Eleanor & Park while sitting by the pool and listening to Call Me Maybe... on repeat. This book though couldn't be further from a Carly Rae Jepsen song and I wondered if I would've enjoyed it more had I read it at a different time.

It's 1986. Eleanor is the new girl in school. She lives on the wrong side of the tracks, wears unstylish secondhand clothes on her larger than average body, and has flaming red hair. Basically, she is a walking tar...more
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“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.” 3078 likes
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