Eleanor & Park, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)

Description

'Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love, but what it's like to be young and in love with a book' John Green, author of The Fault in our StarsEleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone.

All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park.

Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love.

They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Romance
  • ISBN: 9781409157250

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Review by
4

If you're in the right mood, this is a beautiful story. Yes, clichés abound and the rose-tinted world of puppy love is incredibly soppy in places, but the characters are so sympathetic - bar the Big Bad, obviously - that Rainbow Rowell can get away with such a saccharine overdose. Teenage misfit Eleanor and pretty boy Park are far from original, but I found myself believing in their world anyway, and wanting to know more about Eleanor's mother, Sabrina, and Park's parents too. The story only started to slip for me when Eleanor's problems came to the climax and a Happy Ever After seemed inevitable, but that's really what this book is - one big teenage fairytale. And a light, fluffy joy to read.

Review by
4.5

Eleanor and Park is a well-written young adult novel with a somewhat typical premise: two outcasts fall in the best kind of teenage love despite certain forces attempting to pull them apart. Eleanor is unabashedly different from her peers - she dresses in odd clothes, comes from a severely dysfunctional family and is maliciously bullied at school, while Park is half-Korean and has never felt like he fit in. They court each other slowly: on the bus to and from school, sharing comic books and alternative 80's rock music. When Eleanor's problems at home and school come to a crisis, Park risks his own relationship with his parents and friends to help her escape. The ending isn't neatly packaged and put away, but the ambiguity of it is one of cautious hope. A must-read for YA lovers, especially for those who love a strong story with misfit characters who find love despite forces that threaten to keep them apart.

Review by
5

I loved this book - it was so sweet, so cute - I didn't want it to end.<br/><br/>It is a YA romance which normally would definitely not be my thing, as I find romances a bit too soppy, cringeworthy and boring BUT Eleanor and Park was definitely not any of those things!<br/><br/>Eleanor is the new girl, an outsider from a poor family where her mum gets beat on by her 'stepdad', a place where Eleanor and all of her siblings all sleep together in one room where there aren't enough beds to go around. She's a bit chubby, is covered in freckles and has curly red hair. My heart went out to her, there were elements of her home life that spoke to me. I emphasised with her completely.<br/><br/>Park is this quiet cool half-korean kid who has a beautiful heart and thinks that girls don't really like asian guys. My heart went out to him too as he never quite felt good enough, tall enough, manly enough... <br/><br/>Put these 2 quirky kids together on a bus one day and BAM, one amazing, heart-warming love story unfolds. This is a book I would read again it was so adorable.<br/><br/>I'm off now to check out Rainbow Rowell's other novels... she blew me away!

Review by
5

I loved this book - it was so sweet, so cute - I didn't want it to end.<br/><br/>It is a YA romance which normally would definitely not be my thing, as I find romances a bit too soppy, cringeworthy and boring BUT Eleanor and Park was definitely not any of those things!<br/><br/>Eleanor is the new girl, an outsider from a poor family where her mum gets beat on by her 'stepdad', a place where Eleanor and all of her siblings all sleep together in one room where there aren't enough beds to go around. She's a bit chubby, is covered in freckles and has curly red hair. My heart went out to her, there were elements of her home life that spoke to me. I emphasised with her completely.<br/><br/>Park is this quiet cool half-korean kid who has a beautiful heart and thinks that girls don't really like asian guys. My heart went out to him too as he never quite felt good enough, tall enough, manly enough... <br/><br/>Put these 2 quirky kids together on a bus one day and BAM, one amazing, heart-warming love story unfolds. This is a book I would read again it was so adorable.<br/><br/>I'm off now to check out Rainbow Rowell's other novels... she blew me away!

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