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4.00014634860237 out of 54.00014634860237 out of 54.00014634860237 out of 54.00014634860237 out of 54.00014634860237 out of 5 4.00 (6,833 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rainbow Rowell Narrator: Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park 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.

Half-Korean sophomore Park Sheridan is getting through high school by lying low, listening to the Smiths, reading Alan Moore’s Watchmen comics, never raising his hand in class, and avoiding the kids with whom he had grown up. When the new girl, Eleanor, steps onto the bus—tall, with bright red hair and a dress code all her own—she’s an instant target. When he sees that Eleanor is reading comic books, a silent friendship is born—and slowly, something more.

Adult author Rowell, making her debut in young-adult literature, has a gift for showing what Eleanor and Park, who tell the story in alternating segments, like and admire about each other. Their love is believable and thrilling, but it isn’t simple: Eleanor’s family is broke, and her stepfather abuses her mother. When the situation turns dangerous, Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution—imperfect but believable—maintains the novel’s delicate balance of light and dark.

When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautiful, haunting love story…Evocative sensual descriptions are everywhere in this novel, but they always feel true to the characters.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is a book about two people who just really, really like each other and who believe that they can overcome any obstacle standing in the way of their happiness. It’s a gem of a book.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution maintains the novel’s delicate balance of light and dark.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The friendship between the teens is movingly believable…[For fans of] quirky love stories or 1980s pop culture.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This tender debut…[is] one of the more subtle explorations of race and [outcasts] in recent YA fiction.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy, and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “An honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love.”

    Horn Book

  • “This is a sweet, touching story of first love…A stunning debut.”


  • “The narrative points of view alternate between Eleanor and Park, adding dimension to Rowell’s story, and narrators Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhtra competently voice the pair. Give this to teenage girls who crave romance.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Two narrators tell the nuanced story of an unlikely first love. The actors excel at differentiating the multiple shifting viewpoints within each chapter of the story. More importantly, they give full voice to the inner feelings and outer expressions of Eleanor and Park and the interplay that depicts their tender relationship. Sunil Malhotra’s neutral conversational tones portray the stability and comfort Park gives Eleanor, a young woman who is tormented by her mercurial stepfather. Malhotra shows Park’s internal swings from self-deprecation at his awkwardness to the heightened emotions of his extreme feelings. Rebecca Lowman portrays the defiant, witty comments that belie Eleanor’s fears. In particular, Lowman expresses Eleanor’s longing for a safe haven and her determined resilience. The poignant story ends on an emotional crescendo. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
  • A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2013
  • Selected for the 2013 Kids' Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2013 Cybils Award for Young Adult Fiction
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration for Teen Literature
  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • An Amazon Top 10 Book of 2013
  • A 2014 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A 2014 ALA Odyssey Award Honor Book
  • Winner of the 2014 Indies Choice Award for Book of the Year: Young Adult
  • A 2013 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Children
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens for 2013
  • A 2013 New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steph Green | 2/13/2014

    " One of the sweetest, most emotionally affecting books I've read in a long time. I was already a Rainbow Rowell fan after reading Attachments, but this book has solidified my status as a life-long fan. I will read anything this woman writes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel Seigel | 2/9/2014

    " I'm still processing my feelings about this, but it was a strong, moving teen read that will tug at your heart strings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jena | 2/8/2014

    " Rowell captures first love so marvelously. This book will definitely be amongst the best I read this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jory | 2/7/2014

    " Totally addicting -- could hardly let it out of my sight till I finished it. My coworker, Jeanie, just keeps repeating how incredibly sweet Park is, and it's true -- he's got to be the nicest boy ever. Such a pleasure read! "

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