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. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by.
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.
©2012 Rainbow Rowell (P)2013 Listening Library
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3 out of 5 stars
By Kaggy on 31-12-16

Bittersweet first love romance

This is love on a school bus filled with comic books and the joy of hearing Joy Division for the very first time. The cynic in me says that the author cleverly set this in the 1980s to draw in an audience from a bigger age demographic. Cynicism aside, the two main protagonists are great eccentric characters and their romance is beautifully written. This is further injected with some gritty realism as is Eleanor suffering a ghastly home life under the tyranny of her brutish stepfather.
In summary I would say that this is an excellent book for people with more recent memories of their school life and and the helplessness of living under the rule of monstrous adults. You only have to look at the internet to see how much this has touched the hearts of young adults around the world.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Helen on 01-04-14

Awesome and tragic and wonderful

Would you listen to Eleanor & Park again? Why?

No, once was enough. It's a brilliant book but I don't reread books that are, quite frankly, depressing.

What other book might you compare Eleanor & Park to, and why?

I can't think of any to directly compare to this, I do t usually read teenage angst books so I suppose the closest thing I can think of is Tess of the durbervilles . That was another book that left me feeling morose despite it being a bloody good book.

Have you listened to any of Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was my first time listening to these guys. I thought Sunil was just brilliant and I think rebecca low mans performance was just a bit to depressingly emotive but none the less good. I think I would have preferred to hear Eleanor being a little more upbeat on a few occasions those occasions when she was with park, I imagine she would have at least not sounded so miserable then.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 20-03-18

Great book

Loved the book but I felt the plot lacked substance. Highly recommend it. It's addictive.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Swog woman on 06-02-18

The truth about ghetto neighbourhoods

I didn't struggle to finish this at all, and I'd prefer to listen to the audio book.

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