"Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”


“Bono met his wife in high school,” Park says.
“So did Jerry Lee Lewis,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be,” she says, “we’re 16.”
“What about Romeo and Juliet?”
“Shallow, confused, then dead.”
“I love you,” Park says.
“Wherefore art thou,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be.”

Set over one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. 

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Eleanor & Park special editions

Featuring full color fan art, an embossed case and an exclusive interview with me. There are two versions of this edition available. The blue cover is exclusive to Barnes & Noble. The white cover is available more broadly. (The link below is for my hometown bookstore, but you can order it from any bookstore.)

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Nice things people are saying about Eleanor & Park . . .

A Michael L. Printz Honor Book

A New York Times Notable Book

Indies Choice, Young Adult Book of the Year

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction

Goodreads Choice Award, Best Young Adult Book of the Year

Amazon Editors’ Top 10 Books of the Year

Amazon’s Best Teen and Young Adult Book of the Year

Audible’s Best Teen Audiobook of the Year

An Odyssey Honor Audiobook

International Reading Association Award for Young Adult Fiction

Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award

“A beautiful, haunting love story.”
— John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, for The New York Times Book Review

“An honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love.”
— The Horn Book, starred review

“This sexy, smart, tender romance thrums with punk rock and true love.”
— Gayle Forman, bestselling author of If I Stay

“A breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders.”
— Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss

“Luscious, delicate . . . tells as vivid a story about young love, mix tapes and comic books as you’re likely to read.”
— Linda Holmes, NPR, “50 Wonderful Things from the Year in Pop Culture”

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

“Good luck putting down Eleanor & Park . . . You’ll melt at all the tiny moments that add up to a killer romance.”
— Seventeen

“The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too.”
— Booklist, starred review

“Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution — imperfect but believable — maintains the novel’s delicate balance of light and dark.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Deliriously beautiful . . . My only problem with this book was that I finished it. And I knew I wanted to keep it in my life, always.”
— Jenny Bird for Forever Young Adult

“Rowell nails the voices of her teen protagonists — her writing swings from profane to profound, but it’s always real and always raw.”
— Petra Mayer for NPR Books