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
My parents told me that my very first word was...BOOK! That was no surprise to me. I have always been surrounded by books.
Yes, a five star YA book! All of the good things people said about this book are true. Maybe I loved it so much because I met my "Park" in 1987 and found it nostalgic? Nahhhhh, I think the story would've captured my heart and held my attention no matter what era had been chosen for its setting. I listened to the audio version and it was very well done. I met my "daily steps" goal of 10,000 steps for a couple of days with my headphones in, plugged into this story.
Such an amazing book!
This book is one of the best books I've read in awhile! Not only was it beautiful, it put a spin on the common romance story! I couldn't stop listening! So great! Highly recommended!
Why are all the best stories YA books? Why can’t regular adult romances do what YA does and surprise the reader like this book does. That would be so great and then they could add a few adult scenes and their books would be awesome.
The characters in Eleanor and Park are so realistic and even though the plot is not full of vampires, bikers, or spankings it was very romantic and emotional. The author got the elements of the 80’s just right and while I don’t remember kids being so damn mean in high school, I suppose it's possible they were and I just didn’t hang out with that group. Nonetheless, this is a heartbreaking novel, but not in an “eat a carton of ice cream and sleep for three days straight because the world is so depressing” way. I don’t want to give away more than the summary already does, but if you’re an adult and don’t know if you’re going to like this because it’s about teenagers—you will! Great narrators too! Perfect.
*spoilers* I had heard a lot of good things about this book so I couldn't wait to hear it. I had a really hard time getting into the book and never fully did. I found Eleanor to be a rather unlikeable person. I know she liked Park but never felt like this was a relatable first love book. There wasn't love. It seemed very one sided. I couldn't relate to any characters. I'm sure many people can, so I can see why this would be a well enjoyed book. I also feel like there was no closure at the end. I kept wanting to shake Eleanor for not opening the letters. Why would you not. Why wouldn't you call him. This is why I don't think she loved him. Poor Park.
rowell did an excellent job realistically weaving in diversity without making it the center of the story. A difference of culture between two lovers has its frustrations yet can be the very reason why two people come together; however, rowell narrates the story from two perspectives by making the focus on the essence of teenage life and the torment of romance at that age.
Realistic, a nice balance
The only part I didn't like is when Park's narrator read Eleanor's voice, sounded a bit like he was making fun of the female voice. Eleanor's voice should not have sounded so high pitched. Eleanor's narrator sounded right.
This is not your typical teenager romance because Eleanor & Park are unusually beautifully crafted people. I loved seeing through the eyes of these two teens and how they viewed the world and the people around them. Their voices will always be apart of my yearning for discovery and true
This is perfect to engage young adult readers, but also adults. The universal theme of young love connects all of us.
The performers really capture the awkwardness and vulnerability of a new relationship. There is an element of innocence in their voices that is perfect for this Young Adult Novel.
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