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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – YA Book Review

Eleanor and Park

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Not only is this one of those books to totally lose yourself in, it will haunt your thoughts long after you reluctantly come to the end. This beautifully written love story, that tells as much between the lines as it does in the words, is set in the eighties – the time of mixed tapes and the best music…

Eleanor and Park are two misfit characters, (Yes! My favourite kind) who I totally identified with and couldn’t help rooting for from the very beginning…. “He’d stopped trying to bring her back. She only came back when she felt like it, in dreams and lies and broken down déjà vu…

For any other ‘older’ YA fans who fell in love in the eighties – don’t miss this one!5 Star

Recommended age: 14+

 Eleanor and ParkEleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: 26 September 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: Purchased

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Two misfits.

One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

ParkHe knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. — Extract from Goodreads.com


  1. This book is one of my favourites and one of the best YA contemporary I’ve read. I even recommended it to my mom and she loved it. I love that E&P was about two misfits but even more that their story was beautifully told. Lovely review, Sue!

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