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Eleanor & Park | [Rainbow Rowell]

Eleanor & Park

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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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Teens, 2014

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.

So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.

I’m not kidding, he says.

You should be, she says, we’re 16.

What about Romeo and Juliet?

Shallow, confused, then dead.

I love you, Park says.

Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.

I’m not kidding, he says.

You should be.

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.

©2013 Rainbow Rowell (P)2013 Listening Library

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    Richard 03-17-15
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    "Great book"

    Great interesting, page turning story but the female voice talked pretending to be a boy or man was very annoying and all sounded the same

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    Kate 03-15-15
    Kate 03-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"

    I read a review on here with some one just being completely confused with ending and I decided to try it anyway. It was an okay book but the ending was a total disappointment.

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    Cat Hillboro, MO, United States 02-19-15
    Cat Hillboro, MO, United States 02-19-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Recently introduced to YA books."

    This story is amazing. Heartwarming and heart breaking. Very well written and performed The story of Eleanor and Park grabs you and doesn't let go, not even after its over.

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    Nicole 02-18-15
    Nicole 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So great!"

    Witty, thoughtful, funny, heartbreaking. Feels like falling in love for the very first time. Loved the narrators too. Loved everything.

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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 02-13-15
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just why is Romeo and Juliette so lasting?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eleanor & Park to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it was great. Both readers did a fantastic, sensitive job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aside from the main characters, I like the English teacher. He was roll-your-eyes enthusiastic. He asked the important question in the story.


    What does Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very tender, sensitive reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Can teen love survive?


    Any additional comments?

    There is swearing, a lot, especially right at the beginning, but many people do talk that way, and many kids do when they are trying out their growing-up.This is a teen novel, but it addresses many things. There are different kinds of dysfunctional families, yet some work--those are more probably the ones we call normal. Kids can be cruel, but adults can be criminally cruel. Kids can also be supportive and understanding and so can parents, surprisingly. It is easy to tell kids, "Just talk to a trusted adult," but when your life is eggshells, who can you trust? Is young love less valid than mature love? And then, there is the English teacher's question.
    Loved it.

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    Kris 02-11-15
    Kris 02-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nostalgic"

    While listening to this story you will definitely go back in time. You'll remember how you felt when you loved the first time. How you felt when you were growing up and being judged by the world. How you felt when you touched the very first person you loved. How you felt when your heart got broken the first time. Then you realized that eventually life will go on no matter what happens. You'll remember all the struggles you had when growing up.
    This book will let you remember all those feelings as if it were all happening again.

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    Melissa 01-31-15
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    "Good story with a bad ending"

    I loved every single minute of this book all the way up until the last line. Maybe I'm just biased because I hate those kinds of endings :/

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    Dannelle Cromwell, CT, United States 01-31-15
    Dannelle Cromwell, CT, United States 01-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Ah, the angst of being a teen in the late 80's..."

    Enjoyable, nice characters, decent story. Great readers. Won't shatter your earth, but a good read.

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    WendyStetson 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful book brilliantly narrated."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eleanor & Park to be better than the print version?

    "Eleanor and Park" is a beautiful, haunting, thoughtful book for teens and grown ups. The narration is just exquisitely done by both readers. Couldn't have enjoyed it more.


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    "Heartwarming!"
    What did you love best about Eleanor & Park?

    They are someone you could be going to school with right now or have gone to school with when you were younger.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Park's mom and Eleanor's mom. Very well played. Really nice characters. :)


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra – was your favorite?

    Eleonor.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A lot. It's just so realistic and the voices were just perfect. I can see everything inside my head.


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