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.
“They were both quiet.
“Ask me why I like you,” she finally said.
He felt himself smile. He felt like something warm had spilled in his chest.
“Eleanor,” he said, just because he liked saying it, “why do you like me?”
“I don’t like you.”
He waited. And waited…
Then he started to laugh. “You’re kind of mean,” he said.
“Don’t laugh. It just encourages me.”
“What if Park realized that all the things he thought were so mysterious and intriguing about her were actually just … bleak?”
“Can’t you just like a girl who likes you back?’
‘None of them likes me back. I may as well like the one I really want.”
“Everytime, he breaks your heart. And everytime, he expects me to pick up the pieces.”
Life’s a Bastard
“I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,’ he said, ‘and then take it back.’ ‘I can,’ she said. ‘Life’s a bastard.”
My Favorite of All Time
“I want everyone to meet you. You’re my favorite person of all time.”
I Love Your Name
“..I love your name. I don’t want to cheat myself out of a single syllable.”
“If you can’t save your own life, is it even worth saving?”
“The me that’s me right now is yours. Always.”
“I’m not even mine anymore, I’m yours, and what if you decide that you don’t want me? How could you want me like I want you?”
Partners in Crime
“They agreed about everything important and argued about everything else.”
“But it’s up to us …’ he said softly. ‘It’s up to us not to lose this”
ELEANOR & PARK
Copyright © 2013 by Rainbow Rowell. All rights reserved.
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