Eleanor & Park

rowell eleanorandpark 300x199 Eleanor & ParkIt feels like everyone (the Horn Book included) is talking about Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park (St. Martin’s Griffin, February 2013) — and for good reason. I recently read it when it up was for starring in the May/June issue (it was a shoe-in), and mourned the fact that Rachel Smith and I hadn’t come across it in time for our article “What Makes a Good YA Love Story?” Well, consider it a late addition.

This book is endearing, humorous, believable, sexy, and heart-wrenching, and it embodies nearly all of the qualities we looked for: the characters are crisply realized and wonderfully quirky; their repartee is smart, genuine, and entertaining; their experiences and predicaments are relatable; the vividly alive setting helps us connect with the story; their love for each other develops at an expertly natural pace; and we as readers learn as much about love as Eleanor and Park do.

Ms. Rowell, thank you for underscoring everything Rachel and I learned about what makes a love story great.

Readers, let us know if you feel the same.

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Katrina Hedeen About Katrina Hedeen

Katrina Hedeen is assistant editor of The Horn Book Guide and manager of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards.


  1. rachel s. says:

    sounds great! Can I borrow a copy?

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