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Publisher 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.

A New York Times Best Seller!
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

Young Adult
February 26
St. Martin's Press
Grades 8-13

Customer Reviews

juliettekz ,

A Real Story

Rainbow Rowell perfectly portrays the emotions of teens in love. It will take you back to your first love and the emotions you had then leaving you in a trance of bittersweet memories. I have to admit it made me cry because all the feelings and love and longing came through so clearly, I felt like I was there with them crying too.

Raylala ,

Wonderful Read

I could not put this sweet love story down. Being a teen in the mid 80s, I felt like I was there. Also makes me realize the part of new love kids of this generation will never know. The waiting on the call. The anticipation of the next time you get to communicate. Life and love before Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, cell phones, to texting. So full of longing...love without immediacy.

DoomJedi ,


I don't normally like anything like this, but this story sucked me in. I sampled it then bought it and read it in one sitting. I couldn't stop.

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