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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

ISBN: 1250012570

Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

KDL Description:


This is a heartfelt, coming-of-age story set in the 1980’s about two social misfits who find love in each other, but realize that first loves rarely last. While this seems like a run-of-the-mill teen love story, Eleanor deals with bullying and a bad home life, while Park tries to be of support, though he has to come to terms with the idea that sometimes you can only be the shoulder to cry on rather than the knight. Rainbow Rowell recently released Fangirl and is quickly becoming popular amongst Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins fans.

Recommended by Emily at KDL’s Cascade Township branch

Amazon Description:

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.

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