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
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.
Yes, it was great. Both readers did a fantastic, sensitive job.
Aside from the main characters, I like the English teacher. He was roll-your-eyes enthusiastic. He asked the important question in the story.
Very tender, sensitive reading.
Can teen love survive?
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.
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.
Enjoyable, nice characters, decent story. Great readers. Won't shatter your earth, but a good read.
"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.
They are someone you could be going to school with right now or have gone to school with when you were younger.
I love Park's mom and Eleanor's mom. Very well played. Really nice characters. :)
A lot. It's just so realistic and the voices were just perfect. I can see everything inside my head.
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