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Eleanor & Park

Rowell, Rainbow

(Large Print - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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 in a working-class Omaha neighborhood. Smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, Eleanor and Park are brave and desperate enough to try.

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Publisher: Waterville, Me. :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2013
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 1410460827
9781410460820
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE y ROWELL 2013
Characteristics: 475 pages (large print) ;,23 cm
Alternate Title: Eleanor and Park

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Do you remember the first time you heard Joy Division or The Smiths? Have you ever felt awkward and alone (i.e., Were you a teenager at some point?) Do you want to be vividly transported to that very moment? Then you should probably read this book.

In the 1980s two misfits reluctantly meet on the dreaded school bus and slowly get to know one another. The main characters are interesting, unpredictable, and unforgettable.

Two misfits in love: it’s hard to find a book more sweet and funny than this.

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-- Provided by publisher.


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I love this book!Definitely a must read!I also recommend Fangirl!

Feb 03, 2015
  • Kellkolo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and all I can say right now is "woah".

Feb 01, 2015
  • Fair_Garden rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful characters. Rowell allows us, through exquisite images, to feel the emotions of first love. Teens will have sympathy for the gifted transfer student who becomes the target of some nasty bullying. It is a reminder to parents that high school is more than books and basketball.

Jan 26, 2015
  • wally_613 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Really good book!
*spoiler*
End would have been much better if things changed in Eleanor's living conditions and she stopped ignoring him!!

Jan 20, 2015
  • Praestrigia rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Lovely book with two characters who would've never suspected they would have fallen in love with each other. It's definitely a must-read for romance lovers.

Jan 14, 2015
  • Strelly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book address some of the main social pressures and abuses that teens feel, and that are not talked about nearly enough. It is a bit rough but I highly recommend it to teens because it is very truthful. It also has an incredibly sweet touch to it.

Jan 01, 2015
  • TIFFYSWEETIE88 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book! I wish the author made a sequel to it! I want to know what happens to Eleanor and Park in the future! I don't want to give anything away or spoilers so put the book on hold and read it yourself to see what I mean!

Dec 29, 2014
  • karen9 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Awe, this is a youthful love story. It's so sweet reading Eleanor and Park fall in love and their times when they were young. It's a story for those who like youthful love stories, and centralizes around your first love. I find it absolutely adorable when Park lets Eleanor read his comics over his shoulder purposely. Can anything be more cute than that?

Dec 08, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_SarahW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome teen love story told from the alternating viewpoints of the 2 main characters. Rowell does an amazing job of capturing that crazy, can't believe it, scariness of first love. Complete with cool music and graphic novel references.

Nov 28, 2014
  • marypaigeatkinson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Was not expecting it to end where it did! I was shocked for a little while, but after thinking about it I've decided I liked the book. Love the way the author develops their relationship. Truly lovely. Draws you into their world.

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Jan 26, 2015
  • wally_613 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

wally_613 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Aug 29, 2014
  • mohere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

mohere thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Aug 17, 2014
  • Jenna_Lambert rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jenna_Lambert thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Aug 15, 2014
  • Bookworm1210 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Bookworm1210 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

jasminedafoe thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 23, 2014
  • anj_30 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

anj_30 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jul 07, 2014
  • choco_loca_me rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

choco_loca_me thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jun 03, 2014
  • hannah0903 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

hannah0903 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Mar 29, 2014
  • angiem99 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

angiem99 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Mar 25, 2014
  • Camryn10 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Camryn10 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Dec 22, 2014
  • marieJ2020 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 28, 2014
  • the_reading_shell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Do you think I care about anything but you?" Park says.

There's only one of him, she thought, and he's right here.

He knows I'll like a song before I've heard it. He laughs before I even get to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes me want to let him open doors for me.

There's only one of him.

"I'm sorry about yesterday," she said.

He hung on to his straps and shrugged. "Yesterday happens."

Jul 06, 2014
  • sandette rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Do you think I care about that? Do you think I care about anything but you?"

May 01, 2014
  • bambi13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Nothing was shameful with Park because Park was the sun and that's the best way she could think to explain it." -Eleanor

May 01, 2014
  • bambi13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"....and some of it he even liked. Like her freckles, he said she was candy-sprinkled." -Park

May 01, 2014
  • bambi13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You can be Han Solo, and I'll be Boba Fett. I'll cross the sky for you." -Park

May 01, 2014
  • bambi13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You saved my life. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily but you saved my life and now I am yours. The me that is me right now is yours. Always." -Eleanor

May 01, 2014
  • bambi13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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." -Park

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Aug 13, 2014
  • Siger rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 28, 2014
  • the_reading_shell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Set in a school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is a story about two misfits, Eleanor (redhead, wrong clothes, fat) and Park (half-Asian) in love. Their romance starts off as two strangers, sitting next to each other on the bus, reading comics and listening to 80s songs. Eventually, they talk about common interests, books, songs etc.
But their romance is complicated. Eleanor gets bullied at school by her looks, and at home her stepfather abuses her. On the other hand, Park has a tight, supportive family that is one of the best in the neighborhood. Park's house is often Eleanor's hiding space from her abusive stepfather.
As Eleanor and Park's romance grows stronger and stronger, things get worse at home. Eleanor's stepfather swears words to her, threatens to kill her, and writes extremely mean stuff on her textbooks. Until one night, Eleanor comes home from a date with Park, she finds torn comic books, ruined cassette tapes, snapped headphones etc. laying all around in her bedroom. She finds out her abusive stepfather did the destroying. Scared to death, Eleanor starts running away. She runs past Park's house, awakens sleepy Park, and tells him everything. Park decides must to help her, even if it was already midnight...

This book is so lively I want to jump in and live in the book forever!

5 stars-- The reason I rated it 5 stars was the ending, TOTALLY BREATHTAKING!!! The star-crossed lovers must end their relationship as Park drives Eleanor across states, away from Eleanor's abusive stepfather, to her Uncle's house. Even though the journey will take "forever", even though Park will get grounded again (the first time was fighting against a friend who was calling Eleanor mean names), even though Park will never see Eleanor again, yet still, he sent Eleanor away.
"Do you think I care about anything but you?" Park says.
Park is a courageous boy. He helps Eleanor escape for Eleanor's good, but at the same time, he scarifies himself because sending Eleanor away means ending the relationship.
I am moved by Park's actions at the ending, and heartbroken by the resolution-- Why didn't Eleanor call Park??? Why??

May 21, 2014
  • TwoPixies rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

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May 21, 2014
  • TwoPixies rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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

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