Eleanor & ParkBook - 2013
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TULAMARIE May 30, 2013
A more realistic idea of what first love in high school is like; the not knowing what the other is thinking but not bold enough to ask approach. This book touches on pretty heavy issues including bullying, racism, physical abuse and poverty, but weaves them into a beautiful story of how two misfi... Read More »
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"If you couldn't save your own life, was it even worth saving?"
"Park's eyes got wide. Well, sort of wide. Sometimes she wondered if the shape of his eyes affected how he saw things. That was probably the most racist question of all time."
:))) not racist at all :))
“Holding Eleanor's hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
"She was pretty sure she'd thank him for saving her life. Not just yesterday, but, like, practically every day since they'd met. Which made her feel like the dumbest, weakest, girl. If you couldn't save your own life, was it even worth saving?"
"'There's no reason to think we're going to stop loving each other,' he said. 'And there's every reason to think that we won't.'"
"He looked like himself, Eleanor thought, but bolder. Like Park with the volume turned way up."
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kelly_williams thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 25
jasminekullar123 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
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Eleanor & Park introduces us intimately to the world of Eleanor, Park, and their changing relationship. At first, the two are complete strangers. Then after the two are forced together by fate, we watch them grow closer.
Eleanor is a curvy, red-headed girl who dresses like a Salvation Army Thrift Store threw up on her. She comes from a crowded household, with a stepdad who is a real piece of work.
Park is a punk rocker, Asian kid who likes to keep to himself. He keeps himself occupied with comics, music, and Taekwondo.
These two will discover on their forced bus rides to school together that they have more in common then they originally thought.
This book reminded me how hard high school can be, how difficult their family life often is, and how deeply teenagers can be in love. A great teen read!
The moment Park reluctantly lets Eleanor, the new girl, sit next to him on the bus, he allows the beginnings of an extraordinary love to form. From their mutual love of comic books and music to understanding each other in ways no one else comes close to, it isn’t long before they are seeing each other outside of school. However, their romantic relationship is far from perfect with interfering stepfathers, school bullies, and social/economical crags Eleanor and Park must face. Will Eleanor and Park’s love be able to see them through?
This is a beautifully written romance novel. It describes true love and acceptance for personality instead of looks. It shows you the perspectives of both characters and shows their true appreciation for one another.
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.
Eleanor and Park begrudgingly start sharing a bus seat when Eleanor is a new student at Park's high school. They discover they have more in common than being misfits - he teaches her about comic books, she teaches him about the Beatles, and much of their relationship centers around the mixed tapes Park makes for Eleanor (it is, after all, 1986). From these simple beginnings, the two young lovers must face realities that are far beyond their years, but at least they have each other.
Eleanor and Park: two highschoolers who fall drastically in love with each other. They were perfect for each other, they shared comic books, music, opinions everything! Expect their lives outside of school. Eleanor lives in a small house with her alcoholic dad which she hates, her mom whom she loves and her younger siblings whom she cares for so much. Park lives with his mom, brother and dad who expects him to be a man.
Eleanor and Park soon clarify their relationship as a couple and Park introduces Eleanor to his family. His family takes time to like Eleanor but soon enough they accept her. But Eleanor doesn't introduce Park to her family, she's too embarrassed to do so and her family would be so mad if they found out about her boyfriend. Park is curious about Eleanor's personal life, but he doesn't ask her about it.
But things at home becomes too serious and Eleanor is forced to tell Park everything about her personal life, Eleanor says she has to run away because her father has gotten out of control. Park is sad and angry but he agrees to drive her to her uncle's house.
Park and Eleanor spend their last moments together and try to make it as long as possible.
Eleanor leaves and Park leaves, the two star crossed lovers leave each other against their own will.
Set in a school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is a story about two misfits, Eleanor (redhead, wrong clothes, fat) and Park (half-Asian) in love. Their romance starts off as two strangers, sitting next to each other on the bus, reading comics and listening to 80s songs. Eventually, they talk about common interests, books, songs etc.
But their romance is complicated. Eleanor gets bullied at school by her looks, and at home her stepfather abuses her. On the other hand, Park has a tight, supportive family that is one of the best in the neighborhood. Park's house is often Eleanor's hiding space from her abusive stepfather.
As Eleanor and Park's romance grows stronger and stronger, things get worse at home. Eleanor's stepfather swears words to her, threatens to kill her, and writes extremely mean stuff on her textbooks. Until one night, Eleanor comes home from a date with Park, she finds torn comic books, ruined cassette tapes, snapped headphones etc. laying all around in her bedroom. She finds out her abusive stepfather did the destroying. Scared to death, Eleanor starts running away. She runs past Park's house, awakens sleepy Park, and tells him everything. Park decides must to help her, even if it was already midnight...
This book is so lively I want to jump in and live in the book forever!
5 stars-- The reason I rated it 5 stars was the ending, TOTALLY BREATHTAKING!!! The star-crossed lovers must end their relationship as Park drives Eleanor across states, away from Eleanor's abusive stepfather, to her Uncle's house. Even though the journey will take "forever", even though Park will get grounded again (the first time was fighting against a friend who was calling Eleanor mean names), even though Park will never see Eleanor again, yet still, he sent Eleanor away.
"Do you think I care about anything but you?" Park says.
Park is a courageous boy. He helps Eleanor escape for Eleanor's good, but at the same time, he scarifies himself because sending Eleanor away means ending the relationship.
I am moved by Park's actions at the ending, and heartbroken by the resolution-- Why didn't Eleanor call Park??? Why??
Two school kids fall in love when they sit next together on the bus. It i s an adorable love story that will make your day.
Set in 1986, this story is filled with acid-wash, walkmans and punk music. Eleanor just doesn’t fit in, her red frizzy hair and eclectic wardrobe choices make her stand out like a sore thumb. Park’s goal is to fly under the radar, never at the bottom of the social ladder, but with no ambitions to climb to the top, he strives for mediocrity. But Park stands out when Eleanor climbs onto his bus one morning. With nowhere else to sit, Eleanor and Park become unwilling bench-mates. Over time, and without speaking the two begin to get to know each other. Eleanor reads comics over Park’s shoulder, and listens to The Smiths on his Walkman. Without even realizing it, they have become more than friends. Trying to avoid her cruel step-father, Eleanor spends more and more time with Park while Park tries to deal with the attention that having such an eccentric girlfriend brings.
Coarse Language: vulgar step-father