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
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is one of those rare books you stumble upon, so filled with magic, that it manages to change your world forever. I can remember having a small conversation with Rainbow Rowell on Twitter sometime last year, but I’d yet to read any of her books. On a trip to the library, I’d came across a copy of Eleanor & Park and added it to my stack. Unfortunately, I never got around to reading it, and had to take the book back.
When Audible had a sale on some titles, and this was E & P was one of them, I jumped at the chance to add it to my library. As my readers know, I’m an audio book fool. Especially if there’s a great narrator, and this book had two: Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra.
I feel like I could tell you what this book is about, two outcasts fall in love but are torn apart by family and circumstance. But it doesn’t begin to do it justice. Maybe I’m a softy, and that chocolate gooey center is just a sucker for a great love story. I don’t know. This story was innocent, gripping, filled with first loves, and made me ache for something I haven’t felt in years. It was like stepping into a time portal and getting to experience all of that teenage angst for the first time all over again, this time without the homework.
It’s after reading a book like this, that I wish I was friends with the author. I want to call Rainbow up right now, and squee into the phone. I want to know where this came from, who the inspiration was, what her thoughts were. I want to know what she’s thought of doing since. Is there a film in the works. Could one ever do it justice by capturing the magic that was clear in the book. Ahhh well. Someday.
Until that day comes, please check out this book. If you’re up for young love done right, this is where you should start.
I listened to Eleanor and Park for 9 hours straight. I couldn't stop. Rainbow Rowell perfectly portrayed the struggle of growing up in a difficult family. This heartwarming novel was full of twists. I loved every second.
Loved how there was two narrators. Kept me from getting bored. Overall enjoyed the narrators work. Liked the story, and will continue listening to books through Audible. ( I only finish books when i hear them, my eyes just dont like books i guess)
The story of two misfit teens who are drawn together in troubled times. Eleanor's family life is emotionally and physically unsafe. She finds peace with her friend Park and his more supportive family. Park is carried away in his love for her, and over time is saving her life.
I absolutely love this story. Not a typical YA love story. When I finished this book I wanted to start it all over again. I laughed. I almost cried. Also the narrators enhanced the story. So if you have read the physical book before; it is definitely worth listening to the audio. So stop reading reviews and listen to a great story.
The story is very shallow. The characters are unrealistic. The progression of the story does not have a smooth pace. The most disappointing part are the stereotyping appeared in this book. For example, TKD is NOT Kung Fu, despite they are both martial arts; Park is a very weird name, the author wants it to sound Korean but it is NOT, it is a common Korean last name not first name; kids of asian immigrants usually are into Japanese comics or Korean comics, not X-men; the authors assume Chinese immigrated to US are chased by the government, Laos immigrant are all refugees, this is just so groundless; ah also, not every kid from big family has their resources "spread thin" and not all poor families have to have 5 kids. Beside the superficial mentioning, the character's behaviors are not related to their background, which makes the story sound fake.
This writer seriously needs to do some research on the background of the characters, the environment he/she is trying to portray.
I didn't like the way the female voices say "ha" "God", it come out so fake.
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