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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park (edition 2013)

by Rainbow Rowell

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Title:Eleanor & Park
Authors:Rainbow Rowell
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2013), Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:2013, Fiction, Romance

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both of these emotionally intense realistic fiction novels are set in the recent past, and feature misfit protagonists working through the agonies and ecstasies of first love, friendship, and surviving high school.
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Another great book. I loved it. Be warned that there are a lot of cuss words but when taken as a whole to the story and what it is trying to convey it seems almost appropriate - if a bit over done. A side from the bad language, the story of first love is beautiful and the harsh realities of troubled families hits hard when you realize what hardships Eleanor has had to face and is still facing. My only major complaint is about the ending. I wish that the story would have tied up a bit more positively and solidly. I wanted to see true love play out and last a life time. I have several friends whom all married their high school sweethearts and they are all still married 25 years later with beautiful families and many joyous moments. I wanted to glimpse into Eleanor's and Park's future - to see how their story played out because I was cheering for them and hoping that they would last forever. Their romance hit me square in the gut, I laughed and cried with them every step of the way. In my imagination, they grow up and get married and have lots of beautiful babies and a happy life together.... Happy reading, this one is a must. ( )
  Bubamdk | Sep 9, 2016 |
RGG: The perfect adolescent love story. Yes, it's set in the 1980's, but the time period is more of a mood piece. So perfect that it's not a story any more, but reality. Reading Interest: 14-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 7, 2016 |
This book got me on so many levels. It broke my heart only to put it back together to shatter it. Bittersweet. I listened to 80s alternative while reading. Loved this book. ( )
  tamarah71 | Sep 5, 2016 |
My thoughts: 3

Things I enjoyed:

eighties references
dual point of view
character development (Park)
cute love story
Eleanor has a really hard life at home. Her stepdad is a jerk. He is abusive and spends most of his time drunk. After spending a year away, Eleanor is back to living with her family. That means starting over in a new school. She instantly becomes an outcast. She doesn’t fit in at all and the mean girls take advantage of her. They pull embarrassing pranks on her to humiliate and make her feel like crap. Even Park was a jerk the first day they met. Granted, he was trying to help her in a way, but they started off with the wrong foot. It takes them a while to warm up to each other. They bond over comic books and music and its adorably nerdy and cute. The whole book is focused on their relationship and their life at home.

Eleanor- I liked her and I didn’t. I felt bad for her. She didn’t deserve what happened to her, but she was hard to like. Even Park described her as far from nice. Dont get me wrong, I don’t need my character to be “nice” in order for me to like them. I have loved some really shady characters, yet Eleanor was a pill I could not swallow. I think my main problem is that I did not connect with her. I did not understand her actions or how her mind worked.

Park- He is also describes as an outcast, but in a different way than Eleanor. He is never bullied or picked on. He is just left alone. As a character, I actually like him. He was a teenager all the way. At first, he really cared about what people thought of him associating with someone like Eleanor. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like love, haha. The interesting thing with Park was seeing him grow as a character. He left that mindset behind and embraced his love for Eleanor. He also embraced his love for other things (wink-wink), and learned to not care about what others thought of him.

I have to admit, I did not like the ending. It was left open. At least that how it felt for me. I think some people might consider it a happy ending, but I did not find it satisfying at all.

While I was reading this, I kept checking what page number I was on. This only happens when something doesn’t completely interest me. I kept waiting for the big BAM that would make this book awesome and would explain all the hype. I don’t think I ever saw it. I enjoyed the book, but I expected more. Like I said before, this book has really touched some people. It was not my thing but its worth a try. ( )
  Kamilah.h | Aug 20, 2016 |
Great writing, not a lot happens, and the bad guy is totally one dimensional with no explanation to his character, but overall a great book. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Aug 13, 2016 |
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I have never seen anything quite like “Eleanor & Park.” Rainbow Rowell’s first novel for young adults is a beautiful, haunting love story — but I have seen those. It’s set in 1986, and God knows I’ve seen that. There’s bullying, sibling rivalry, salvation through music and comics, a monstrous stepparent — and I know, we’ve seen all this stuff. But you’ve never seen “Eleanor & Park.” Its observational precision and richness make for very special reading.
added by melmore | editNew York Times, John Green (Mar 8, 2013)

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Gorovoy, AnnaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grlic, OlgaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Forest, Jade, Haven, and Jerry -
and everyone else in the back of the truck
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He'd stopped trying to bring her back.
He loved how much they loved each other. It was the thing he thought about when he woke up scared in the middle of the night. Not that they loved him -- they were his parents, they had to love him. That they loved each other. They didn't have to do that.
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"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"--

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