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Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2012

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Eleanor & Park

  • Genre: Fiction; young adult romance
  • Originally Published: 2012
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile HL580L; grades 9-12
  • Structure/Length: 58 chapters; approximately 325 pages; approximately 8 hours, 56 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The novel follows Eleanor, a new student with a difficult home life, and Park, boy with his own struggles, as they navigate high school in the 1980s. Despite their differences, they form a deep and unlikely connection through shared interests, including comic books and music. The central conflict revolves around Eleanor and Park’s budding romance, their challenges in facing social norms and personal insecurities, and their determination to find solace and understanding in each other.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Abuse; violence; family dysfunction; bullying; mature content; body image issues; profanity; racial slurs; inappropriate and lewd language, including derogatory terms offensive to women; alcohol addiction; sexual content

Rainbow Rowell, Author

  • Bio: Born 1973; American author known for her contemporary young adult and adult fiction; frequently explores themes of love, relationships, and personal identity; often praised for her relatable characters and authentic storytelling; gained acclaim for Eleanor & Park’s portrayal of young love and the complexities of teenage life; has written novels, short stories, and graphic novels; engages with readers through social media and book events
  • Other Works: Fangirl (2013); Landline (2014); Carry On (2015); Attachments (2011); Wayward Son (2019); Pumpkinheads (2019); Any Way the Wind Blows (2021)
  • Awards: Michael L.