Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

Large Print - 2013
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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"-- Provided by original publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, c2013.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410460820
1410460827
Branch Call Number: [Fic]
Characteristics: 475 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Eleanor and Park.

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2014 Honor Book

One of seven New York Times Notable Children’s Books and a Printz Honor recipient, this young adult novel was challenged for offensive language.


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SuzeParker
Aug 15, 2018

Most of Eleanor & Park works well, especially the depiction of first love in which a young person feels both validated and unsure ("He's so amazing! How can he possibly love me like I love him?"); the almost physical ache when you're separated from the object of your passion; Eleanor's self-protective demeanor and gravitation toward Park and his family in response to her own home situation.

Some of the dialogue, however, would have been unlikely to have come from teenagers' mouths. It was hard to suspend belief in those moments, and that detracted from the story a bit.

The references to 1980s pop culture were fun, although it's humorous when authors unknowingly get it wrong. Be assured that no one, ever, said "I know, right?" in 1986.

The upshot: The book is sweet. I loved that Eleanor took a powerful step in response to her horrible domestic situation. And Eleanor and Park just might be the rare teenage couple that has a long-term future.

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h_m_brown
Jun 02, 2018

Devoured and loved this book. So sad when i didn’t have anymore pages to turn.

VaughanPLLonnie May 08, 2018

This novel really captures the small moments that shape first love. It approaches the awkwardness of love, stemming from being unsure of yourself, with a genuinely nuanced tone. I was very impressed with the subtlety of it all -- this is especially communicated in the audiobook performances.

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jezicuhh
Apr 23, 2018

This book truly captures the essence of first love -- so pure and innocent, only to end with inevitable pain. This is a book everyone can relate to. I felt the roller coaster of emotions throughout the entire book!

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mogie
Mar 14, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It will warrant a re-read before I decide giving it that last half star. I was concerned while reading that the ending would let me down and it did not. I really liked how all of the characters were written. I found that the author captured the emotions of relationships well, the complexities were written well. I would recommend this to others and give it a read again.

SPPL_Anna Mar 13, 2018

There is a great deal of sweetness and pain in the book. I love it.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 04, 2018

You will love getting to know these characters, who come alive through dialog! This love story builds slowly and perfectly, accompanied by growing tension thanks to an evil but entirely believable stepfather.

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manjari825
Jan 23, 2018

This book isn't bad. And when I originally read this I loved this. But after listening to many people's opinions I realized there were a lot of issues that I didn't see because I just didn't know enough- also I read this really young.
The author may NOT have done this on purpose but she was racist.There are a lot of side comments, hints, and stronger inferred racial opinions. The biggest one is the fact that the male character's name is Park. Park is actually a common Korean last name. I know a couple Koreans at my school with the last name Park and they confirmed this for me. No Korean would ever give their child the first name Park.
I had another issue with the way the author described Eleanor to be fat, which apparently didn't make her beautiful. What??? Like no :(
Otherwise, the ending was sad.

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sharon711
Jan 10, 2018

My thanks to whoever it was that recommended this book to me. This emotionally intense story about two young people who connect in a powerful way really touched a cord. The characters are realistically drawn and so believable. I even understood why Eleanor behaved as she did at the end. There is much hope in this story and I believe it would be uplifting for any teen coping with the difficulties of growing up to read. Or any adult, for that matter. For love is love.

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blue_bee_1863
Jan 06, 2018

Definitely a bittersweet Romance between two people who have so much adversity and emotion. I really enjoyed the moments both Eleanor and Park had and the growth of their relationship. There where moments when I was scared to pick-up the book again because something drastic was happening but overall it was great! I loved how this book portrays teens. Definitely a must read this year.

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ArapahoeZoey Aug 09, 2016

"If you couldn't save your own life, was it even worth saving?"

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leafshadow
Dec 07, 2015

"Park's eyes got wide. Well, sort of wide. Sometimes she wondered if the shape of his eyes affected how he saw things. That was probably the most racist question of all time."
:))) not racist at all :))

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“I just want to break that song into pieces and love them all to death.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“I want everyone to meet you. You're my favorite person of all time.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“Holding Eleanor's hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“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.”

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hmhill613
Aug 02, 2015

"She was pretty sure she'd thank him for saving her life. Not just yesterday, but, like, practically every day since they'd met. Which made her feel like the dumbest, weakest, girl. If you couldn't save your own life, was it even worth saving?"

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hmhill613
Aug 02, 2015

"'There's no reason to think we're going to stop loving each other,' he said. 'And there's every reason to think that we won't.'"

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hmhill613
Aug 02, 2015

"He looked like himself, Eleanor thought, but bolder. Like Park with the volume turned way up."

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blue_owl_1587
Jun 20, 2018

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Mar 17, 2018

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blue_bee_1863
Jan 06, 2018

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

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db8r413
Jun 04, 2015

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May 30, 2015

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ArapahoeZoey Aug 09, 2016

Eleanor & Park introduces us intimately to the world of Eleanor, Park, and their changing relationship. At first, the two are complete strangers. Then after the two are forced together by fate, we watch them grow closer.

Eleanor is a curvy, red-headed girl who dresses like a Salvation Army Thrift Store threw up on her. She comes from a crowded household, with a stepdad who is a real piece of work.

Park is a punk rocker, Asian kid who likes to keep to himself. He keeps himself occupied with comics, music, and Taekwondo.

These two will discover on their forced bus rides to school together that they have more in common then they originally thought.

siammarino Nov 30, 2015

This book reminded me how hard high school can be, how difficult their family life often is, and how deeply teenagers can be in love. A great teen read!

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

The moment Park reluctantly lets Eleanor, the new girl, sit next to him on the bus, he allows the beginnings of an extraordinary love to form. From their mutual love of comic books and music to understanding each other in ways no one else comes close to, it isn’t long before they are seeing each other outside of school. However, their romantic relationship is far from perfect with interfering stepfathers, school bullies, and social/economical crags Eleanor and Park must face. Will Eleanor and Park’s love be able to see them through?

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Arii
Jun 28, 2015

This is a beautifully written romance novel. It describes true love and acceptance for personality instead of looks. It shows you the perspectives of both characters and shows their true appreciation for one another.

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pandaasian2
Jun 25, 2015

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.

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db8r413
Jun 04, 2015

Eleanor and Park begrudgingly start sharing a bus seat when Eleanor is a new student at Park's high school. They discover they have more in common than being misfits - he teaches her about comic books, she teaches him about the Beatles, and much of their relationship centers around the mixed tapes Park makes for Eleanor (it is, after all, 1986). From these simple beginnings, the two young lovers must face realities that are far beyond their years, but at least they have each other.

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Siger
Aug 13, 2014

Eleanor and Park: two highschoolers who fall drastically in love with each other. They were perfect for each other, they shared comic books, music, opinions everything! Expect their lives outside of school. Eleanor lives in a small house with her alcoholic dad which she hates, her mom whom she loves and her younger siblings whom she cares for so much. Park lives with his mom, brother and dad who expects him to be a man.
Eleanor and Park soon clarify their relationship as a couple and Park introduces Eleanor to his family. His family takes time to like Eleanor but soon enough they accept her. But Eleanor doesn't introduce Park to her family, she's too embarrassed to do so and her family would be so mad if they found out about her boyfriend. Park is curious about Eleanor's personal life, but he doesn't ask her about it.
But things at home becomes too serious and Eleanor is forced to tell Park everything about her personal life, Eleanor says she has to run away because her father has gotten out of control. Park is sad and angry but he agrees to drive her to her uncle's house.
Park and Eleanor spend their last moments together and try to make it as long as possible.
Eleanor leaves and Park leaves, the two star crossed lovers leave each other against their own will.

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shellarinelle
Jul 28, 2014

Set in a school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is a story about two misfits, Eleanor (redhead, wrong clothes, fat) and Park (half-Asian) in love. Their romance starts off as two strangers, sitting next to each other on the bus, reading comics and listening to 80s songs. Eventually, they talk about common interests, books, songs etc.
But their romance is complicated. Eleanor gets bullied at school by her looks, and at home her stepfather abuses her. On the other hand, Park has a tight, supportive family that is one of the best in the neighborhood. Park's house is often Eleanor's hiding space from her abusive stepfather.
As Eleanor and Park's romance grows stronger and stronger, things get worse at home. Eleanor's stepfather swears words to her, threatens to kill her, and writes extremely mean stuff on her textbooks. Until one night, Eleanor comes home from a date with Park, she finds torn comic books, ruined cassette tapes, snapped headphones etc. laying all around in her bedroom. She finds out her abusive stepfather did the destroying. Scared to death, Eleanor starts running away. She runs past Park's house, awakens sleepy Park, and tells him everything. Park decides must to help her, even if it was already midnight...

This book is so lively I want to jump in and live in the book forever!

5 stars-- The reason I rated it 5 stars was the ending, TOTALLY BREATHTAKING!!! The star-crossed lovers must end their relationship as Park drives Eleanor across states, away from Eleanor's abusive stepfather, to her Uncle's house. Even though the journey will take "forever", even though Park will get grounded again (the first time was fighting against a friend who was calling Eleanor mean names), even though Park will never see Eleanor again, yet still, he sent Eleanor away.
"Do you think I care about anything but you?" Park says.
Park is a courageous boy. He helps Eleanor escape for Eleanor's good, but at the same time, he scarifies himself because sending Eleanor away means ending the relationship.
I am moved by Park's actions at the ending, and heartbroken by the resolution-- Why didn't Eleanor call Park??? Why??

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TwoPixies
May 21, 2014

Two school kids fall in love when they sit next together on the bus. It i s an adorable love story that will make your day.

LibraryK8 May 31, 2013

Set in 1986, this story is filled with acid-wash, walkmans and punk music. Eleanor just doesn’t fit in, her red frizzy hair and eclectic wardrobe choices make her stand out like a sore thumb. Park’s goal is to fly under the radar, never at the bottom of the social ladder, but with no ambitions to climb to the top, he strives for mediocrity. But Park stands out when Eleanor climbs onto his bus one morning. With nowhere else to sit, Eleanor and Park become unwilling bench-mates. Over time, and without speaking the two begin to get to know each other. Eleanor reads comics over Park’s shoulder, and listens to The Smiths on his Walkman. Without even realizing it, they have become more than friends. Trying to avoid her cruel step-father, Eleanor spends more and more time with Park while Park tries to deal with the attention that having such an eccentric girlfriend brings.

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ValeriePatulot
Jul 22, 2015

Violence: domestic abuse, child abuse, bullying

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ValeriePatulot
Jul 22, 2015

Coarse Language: bit of swearing

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ValeriePatulot
Jul 22, 2015

Sexual Content: intimate scenes, sexual notes

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ValeriePatulot
Jul 22, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: violent stepdad

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Ashw9
Jul 04, 2015

Sexual Content: No sex, but very close to it.

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TwoPixies
May 21, 2014

Coarse Language: There are a lot of bad words in the book.

JCLChristiH May 18, 2013

Coarse Language: vulgar step-father

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