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Eleanor & Park
2013
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Characters
Eleanor (Female), Student, Moved to a new school; has wild red hair and wears patchwork outfits; gets bullied at school; has an abusive stepfather
Parker (Male), Student, Korean American, Enjoys comic books; feels like an outsider; falls in love with Eleanor
Genre
Young adult
Love story
Romance
Family
Fiction
Topics
High school students
First loves
Friendship
Adolescence
Teenagers
Self-discovery
Falling in love
Moving
Comic books
Family relationships
Setting
Omaha, Nebraska - Midwest (U.S.)
Nebraska - Midwest (U.S.)
Time Period
1986 -- 20th Century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Eleanor is the new girl, big, red-haired, dressed with a defiantly grungy lack of style, and a perfect target for ridicule and harassment in half-Korean sophomore Park's Omaha, Neb., high school. Park doesn't even want the weirdo sitting by him on the bus. But no one else will share a seat with Eleanor, so he-a misfit himself-reluctantly offers. Each day that passes gives them a chance to learn more about each other-the books they like, the music they share. They start to rely on each other to get through difficult times with their families and classmates. And eventually what they have becomes love. Narrators Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra turn in superb performances in their portrayal of Eleanor and Park. Despite her age, there is nothing sweet or childlike about Eleanor, and Lowman refrains from portraying her that way. Lowman's voice and tone believably capture the too-mature-too-soon strength of a girl living a hard life. Malhotra has a rich, smooth delivery, and perfectly renders Park as he fluctuates between confidence and insecurity. Listeners of all ages will be able to enjoy this audio edition. Ages 13-up. A St. Martin's Griffin hardcover. (Feb.)? Nonfiction (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p> #1 New York Times Best Seller! </p> <p>" 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 </p> <p> Bono met his wife in high school , Park says.<br> So did Jerry Lee Lewis , Eleanor answers.<br> I'm not kidding , he says.<br> You should be , she says, we're 16 .<br> What about Romeo and Juliet? <br> Shallow, confused, then dead. <br> I love you , Park says.<br> Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.<br> I'm not kidding, he says.<br> You should be. </p> <p>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.</p> <p>A New York Times Best Seller!<br> A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature<br> Eleanor & Park is the winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book.<br> A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013<br> A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013<br> A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013<br> An NPR Best Book of 2013</p>
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