Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park


Rainbown Rowell


St. Martin's Griffin

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328 pages





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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. Park -- He 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.

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Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Divorce; Step parent; Biracial; Interracial; divorced parents; step father; biracial teenager; interracial marriage; interracial relationship

Main Character

male teenager; female teenager


Korean / White

Family Formation

mother and father; mother and step father


Audie Award, 2014, Finalist, Teen
Cybils Awards, 2013, Finalist, Young Adult Fiction
Florida Teens Read, 2015, Winner
Garden State Teen Book Award, 2015, Winner, Fiction Grades 9-12
Garden State Teen Book Award, 2016, Winner, Fiction Grades 9-12
ILA Children's and Young Adults' Book Award, 2014, Winner, Young Adult Fiction
Land of Enchantment Book Award, 2017, Winner, Black Bear Reading List for grades 9-12
Magnolia Award, 2015, Winner, Grades 9-12
Michael L. Printz Award, 2014, Honor Book
Nebraska Book Award, 2014, Winner, Young Adult
North Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2016, Winner, High School
Odyssey Award, 2014, Honor
Thumbs Up! Award, 2014, Winner
Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, 2015, Winner
Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, 2014, Winner, Young Adult Literature
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 2014-2015, Winner, High School
Blue Hen Book Award, 2015, Winner, Teen Readers
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 2013, Winner, Fiction
Children's and Teen Choice Book Award, 2014, Finalist, Teen
Florida Teens Read, 2014, Winner
Flume: NH Teen Reader's Choice Award, 2015, Winner, Grades 9-12
Georgia Peach Teen Readers' Choice Award, 2014-2015, Winner, Young Adult
Golden Quill, 2013, Winner, The Golden Archer Award
Goodreads Choice Award, 2013, Winner, Young Adult Fiction
Indies Choice Book Award, 2014, Winner, Young Adult
International Reading Association Children's and Young Adults' Book Award, 2014, Winner, Young Adult Fiction
Listen Up Awards, 2013, Winner, Young Adult
Mind the Gap Award, 2014, Winner, Fiction
Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2014-2015, Winner, Young Adult
Rhode Island Teen Book Award, 2015, Winner
School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books, 2014, Finalist
100 Best Books for BC Students, 2016 Secondary
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2014 Sports
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2013
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2014
Distinguished Books, 2013 Fiction
NPR's Book Concierge, 2013 Young Adult
School Library Journal Best Books, 2013 Fiction
Top 10 Challenged Books, 2016
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014 Fiction
YALSA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Best Audiobooks, 2013 Young Adults
Best of the Best Books, 2013 Fiction
Best Young Adult Book, 2013 Young Adult
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2013 Fiction for Older Readers
Booklist Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2014
Booklist Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth, 2013
Booklist Top 10 Youth Romances, 2013
Building STEAM with Dia, 2014 Information in English and Chinese
Choices, 2014 Fiction Young Adult
CSMCL Best Books, 2013 Children's Literature
Heartland Books Recommendation for Life-Long Readers - Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2014 Young Adult
Horn Book Fanfare, 2013 Fiction
January Magazine Best Books, 2013 Children's Book
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2012
New York Times Notable Children's Books, 2013
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, 2013 Children's Fiction
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 2012
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, 2013
YALSA Teens' Top Ten, 2014 Teen


dating; first loves; bullying; high school; history; friendship; school bus; music

Diversity Impact


Eleanor & Park