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
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.
Absolutely a 5 star read! The storyline of childhood abuse, neglect and bullying is not new, but this one is extremely well written. The characters are developed with great depth which allows readers to connect with them on multiple levels. Although this story is amazing and I truly enjoyed the author's writing style, I admit, I did scream, "What? Are you kidding me?" at the story's ending...you are given the nicely wrapped package but without the bow!!! And I am the reader that wants, no needs, a bow! Happy reading.
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