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Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.
©2012 Rainbow Rowell (P)2013 Listening Library
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By Anonymous User on 04-15-17

narrators.

The female narrator was kind of bad. The male narrator was awesome though. Ok story.

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By NAor Tabiv on 04-05-17

one of the best romance novels

I think elenor and park is this kinda book that you wish to be series of novels not just a single one. sophisticated, true and inspiring. perfect really. I WANT A SEQUEL.

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By Kaggy on 12-31-16

Bittersweet first love romance

This is love on a school bus filled with comic books and the joy of hearing Joy Division for the very first time. The cynic in me says that the author cleverly set this in the 1980s to draw in an audience from a bigger age demographic. Cynicism aside, the two main protagonists are great eccentric characters and their romance is beautifully written. This is further injected with some gritty realism as is Eleanor suffering a ghastly home life under the tyranny of her brutish stepfather.
In summary I would say that this is an excellent book for people with more recent memories of their school life and and the helplessness of living under the rule of monstrous adults. You only have to look at the internet to see how much this has touched the hearts of young adults around the world.

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By Helen on 04-01-14

Awesome and tragic and wonderful

Would you listen to Eleanor & Park again? Why?

No, once was enough. It's a brilliant book but I don't reread books that are, quite frankly, depressing.

What other book might you compare Eleanor & Park to, and why?

I can't think of any to directly compare to this, I do t usually read teenage angst books so I suppose the closest thing I can think of is Tess of the durbervilles . That was another book that left me feeling morose despite it being a bloody good book.

Have you listened to any of Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was my first time listening to these guys. I thought Sunil was just brilliant and I think rebecca low mans performance was just a bit to depressingly emotive but none the less good. I think I would have preferred to hear Eleanor being a little more upbeat on a few occasions those occasions when she was with park, I imagine she would have at least not sounded so miserable then.

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By James on 07-03-15

GREAT TEEN LOVE STORY

This story is about love but not how you look. Love is how you get along and how you can't live without the other person. Every teen should listen or read this book. 5 out of 5 for me. I loved it.

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By Daniel on 06-02-15

The Never Ending Story

I think the book was read well and the voices sounded how I think the characters would sound like, the only thing I didn't like was the ending of the book it left me on a cliffhanger and kinda confused on what had happened apart from the it was a good story and wasn't your typical stereotypical love story.

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