Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

fiction contemporary romance young adult
emotional medium-paced

328 pages | first published 2012

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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Moods

emotional 81%
sad 49%
hopeful 33%
lighthearted 28%
funny 25%
reflective 22%
dark 15%
challenging 11%
inspiring 10%
tense 9%
relaxing 4%
adventurous 1%
informative 0%

Pace

medium 52%
fast 27%
slow 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 79% | Plot: 12% | A mix: 8%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | No: 33% | It's complicated: 17%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 51% | No: 26% | It's complicated: 21%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 5% | N/A: 0%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 9% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

3.81