— St. Martin's Griffin
A tender story about two unusual teens-- a self-conscious girl from a poor family and a feminine Asian boy-- growing up in the 1980s and experiencing a first love that helps them through difficulties at school and at home. An altogether realistic portrayal of adolescence, this book is full of heart. — Paige Mushaw
It's evident that Eleanor doesn't fit in from the moment she steps on the school bus and while Park know it's social suicide to share his seat with her, he does anyway. This small gesture grows to sharing music, comic books, and kisses. Park is Eleanor's escape from her home, from the struggle that is living in a poor, abused family. Park's life isn't perfect, but seen through Eleanor's eyes, it's more than anyone could hope for. These realistic details rocket Rainbow Rowell's book from a beautiful story of love to one that considers heartbreaking realities; the result is stunning. Rainbow Rowell's novel will have readers sobbing as they press the book into their best friend's hands. Remember when we told you you'd love The Fault in Our Stars? This is what you need to read next. — Marika McCoola
If you loved The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, you'll swoon over Eleanor and Park, two star-crossed teens growing up in the 1980s. The lack of technology is refreshing because their relationship grows -- not through texts, tweets or Facebook posts -- as they trade comic books and mix tapes. Their "soundtrack" includes Joy Division, The Beatles, XTC, The Smiths, U2, The Cure, Billy Bragg and The Replacements. — Bonnie Winchester
“Eleanor doesn't have much going for her. Life with her mom and stepdad is minute-to-minute scary and the kids at her new school have singled her out for torment. Somehow into this reality comes Park, who is just trying to keep his head down and not make waves at home or school. These two misfits fall in love to a 1980s soundtrack. With humor and unflinching candor, Rowell propels readers through a story of first love and the courage it takes to keep going when all the odds are against you.”
— Julie Wilson, The Bookworm, Omaha, NE
#1 New York Times Best Seller!
"Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book."-John Green, The New York Times Book Review
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.
A New York Times Best Seller!
A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Eleanor & Park is the winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book.
A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013
“Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy, and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution maintains the novel's delicate balance of light and dark.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too.” —Booklist (starred review)
“An honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love.” —The Horn Book (winner of The Horn Book Award for fiction)
"Rowell’s humor, tenderness, and sense of detail are extraordinary." —Curtis Sittenfeld for The New Yorker
“Eleanor & Park is a breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders.” —Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door
“Sweet, gritty, and affecting . . . Rainbow Rowell has written an unforgettable story about two misfits in love. This debut will find its way into your heart and stay there.” —Courtney Summers, author of This Is Not a Test and Cracked Up to Be
“In her rare and surprising exploration of young misfit love, Rowell shows us the beauty in the broken.” —Stewart Lewis, author of You Have Seven Messages
“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book.” —John Green, The New York Times Book Review
“Rowell's writing swings from profane to profound, but it's always real and always raw.” —Petra Mayer for NPR Books