Eleanor & Park

Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. Print. ISBN 13: 9781250012579. Hardback. $18.99.

Annotation: It’s almost impossible for Eleanor & Park to be more different from each other – and yet, impossibly, together they work. When Eleanor’s family issues threaten to tear them apart, how far will Park go to help her?


The new girl took a deep breath and stepped farther down the aisle. Nobody would look at her. Park tried not to, but it was kind of a train wreck/eclipse situation.

The girl just looked like exactly the sort of person this would happen to. 

When Park let Eleanor sit with him on the bus, he had no idea that he had just made the first move in what will become a compelling story of friendship and then romance.

Starting in August of 1986 and not even spanning an entire year, the tale of Eleanor & Park is bold and wonderful. They make an unlikely pair: Park who only dresses in black and listens to The Smiths & Eleanor with her bright red curls and hobo-chic style. Told in their alternating points of view, they encounter everything from bullies and racism to unlikely friends and first love.

Foul-mouthed, quick-witted, and absolutely genuine- Eleanor & Park is a worthwhile story unlike any other.


Jam like E&P: Here’s a playlist created by Rainbow Rowell – “Eleanor & Park, the Soundtrack.”

Quotables: “Eleanor was right: She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”   – Park (Pg 165)

★ Eleanor & Park is on the YALSA list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (2014). It was also a 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book which honors literary greatness in literature for young adults.


Find out more about Eleanor & Park in this review from Charley Reads:

YOUR OPTIONS: Eleanor & Park is available in print, eBook, CD audio, and downloadable audio formats.

Anastasia Vito © 2014


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