Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

St. Martin's Griffin

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 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


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XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus.
Park pressed his headphones into his ears.
Tomorrow he was going to bring Skinny Puppy or the Misfits. Or maybe he’d make a special bus tape with as much screaming and wailing on it as possible.
He could get back to New Wave in November, after he got his driver’s license. His parents had already said Park could have his mom’s Impala, and he’d been saving up for a new tape deck. Once he started driving to school, he could listen to whatever he wanted or nothing at all,



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Praise for Eleanor & Park

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy, and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution maintains the novel’s delicate balance of light and dark.”

Booklist (starred review)
“The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too.”

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

In the Press

'Eleanor & Park,' by Rainbow Rowell - NYTimes.com
This novel's title characters are an unlikely couple.
- The New York Times

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  • RAINBOW ROWELL lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She's also the author of Landline, Fangirl and Attachments.
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Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of the Y, NPR Best Book of the Year, Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, Kansas City Star Top Books of the Year, Goodreads Choice Awards, Bookish Best Books of the Year, Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, Apple iBooks Best of the Year, Michael L. Printz Award - Honor, Indies Choice Book Awards Winner


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