A moving and funny coming-of-age novel about two misfits falling in love and growing up in 1980s America.
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.
Park is the boy at the back of the bus, Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he's made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor... never to Eleanor.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.
Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love, but what it's like to be young and in love with a book -- John Green, author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too * BOOKLIST starred review *
Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love, but what it's like to be young and in love with a book * John Green, author of The Fault in our Stars *
'If you haven't come across it before, we very much recommend Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor And Park, which is a gut-punch of a love story that we downloaded and raced through in one train journey.' * EMERALD STREET *
A breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders * Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss *
Eleanor and Park is completely beautiful. Set in 1986 and full of retro pop culture references, it's a book I want to share with everyone. . . I don't think a single person could read this book and not have their heart melted. * ONCE UPON A BOOKCASE *
Deliriously beautiful . . . My only problem with this book was that I finished it. And I knew I wanted to keep it in my life, always * Jenny Bird for Forever Young Adult *
This sexy, smart, tender romance thrums with punk rock and true love * Gayle Forman, bestselling author of If I Stay *
Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution - imperfect but believable - 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 *
Good luck putting down Eleanor & Park . . . You'll melt at all the tiny moments that add up to a killer romance * Seventeen *
Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike * Kirkus, starred review *
An honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love * The Horn Book, starred review *
a perfect book and I recommend it to everyone over the age of thirteen. I don't believe I have conveyed even a fraction of how utterly fantastic it was and all I can do is prompt you to grab a copy and brace yourself * GUARDIAN ONLINE *