Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

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Meet Eleanor. She's just moved to a new town, is struggling to make friends and is finding it even harder living under the same roof as her dysfunctional family. When she first meets Park, she thinks he's obnoxious. Meet Park. He's liked by everyone but has never felt liked he fitted in. He loves his family but feels like they don't understand him. When he first meets Eleanor, he thinks she's weird. It is hate at first sight. But as they suffer each other's company in silence on the bus rides from and to home every day, Eleanor and Park realise that first impressions can be deceiving' From the author of Attachments comes a poignant and unforgettable tale of two misfits finding love in the unlikeliest of places.
Publisher: London : Orion, 2012.
Branch Call Number: YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 324 p. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Eleanor and Park

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A cute teen romance that's packed with so much more. Park is Korean-American, Eleanor is a 'big girl' judged for her weird fashion style. Despite these on-the-surface differences, Park and Eleanor discover they have so much common and romance grows. This story also tackles deeper themes around se... Read More »

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ChristchurchLib Apr 01, 2013

"Eleanor and Park didn't plan to fall in love. Eleanor is the new girl at school, big and red-haired, with a strange wardrobe and a horrible stepfather. Park's love for comic books sets him apart even among his own half-Korean family. For weeks, the two social misfits sit silently next to ea... Read More »


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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.

ArapahoeMaryA Jun 12, 2020

Get ready to be swept off your feet! This charming YA romance captures the whirlwind of emotions that first love always brings.

Jhoward16 Apr 28, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. I think it was clever of Rainbow Rowell that she made this story be a version of Romeo and Juliet, a play that the main character Eleanor says is stupid. I loved Rainbow's writing style. I was quickly invested in the characters' lives and their relationship with each other, the turbulence, the teenage drama, and yet the way they feel about each other is palpable. They are there for each other during the worst of times, and their love is often heartbreaking. This book has absolutely made me want to read more books by Rainbow Rowell.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Apr 23, 2020

Although hard to read at times, the author kept me very interested in this book. Very much a page turner, I needed to know what was going to happen next.

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creativegirly123
Mar 25, 2020

This book was amazing! I read it in 3 days because I was so interested to keep on knowing what was going to happen next, that's how good the book was. When I started to read it I thought that it was weird but I read more and more and I really understood the meaning.I loved how there were such different people from such different life styles. The book was organized really well to, it was organized by how the characters felt at those moments and what was going on in there heads. When you knew what was going on, it was like you were in the book just watching the love story. It was such a lovely story that made you laugh, happy, and feel like the characters did at the moment. As you can see from what i've wrote I am obsessed with this book. I truly 100 % recommend it. A novel pretty similar is Looking for Alaska.

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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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Jul 30, 2019

denaahmet2003 thinks this title is suitable for 15 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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