Eleanor & Park Read-Along: Chapters 11-19 discussion!

May 9, 2013 / 0 Comments / Uncategorized

Hey guys, welcome to our Eleanor & Park read-along discussion post for Chapters 11-19. Apologies for getting this up so late!

First, some thoughts from read-along participants: 

“I loved the line on 71 where Park compares Eleanor’s hands to a heartbeat and butterflies which I thought was so good.” – Ardo @ A. A. Omer

The HAND-HOLDING. Holy cow. I felt like my pages were bursting into flames at that moment. – Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

Park is just so sweet- almost to the point of being too perfect. – Rachel @ Reading Timbits

Those first phone convos as a teen with your crush…sigh. So cute. – Angela @ Reading Angels

I’m not sure if anyone else felt this but these characters feel younger than high schoolers for some reason – Ardo @ A. A. Omer

I did feel it was a little early for some of the things that were dropped in this conversation, but I think that these feelings do come quickly (or at least we felt they did) as teens. 
– Angela @ Reading Angels

I took offense when Eleanor said she didn’t like Batman. Hopefully Park’s suggestion of reading the Dark Knight Returns (Smart boy) will rectify this. 
– Ardo @ A. A. Omer

I keep having this feeling of dread every time there is an interaction between Richie and Eleanor’s mom. – Rachel @ Reading Timbits

Could Eleanor’s home life be any worse? – Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

I may have accidentally read a little ahead (I’m only got to 33 before I realized I had not stopped…LOL).  – Angela @ Reading Angels

Questions for Discussion: 

1. The messages on Eleanor’s books – who do you think is writing them? Do you think Eleanor knows?  
2. Was Eleanor and Park’s relationship was built up too fast and too perfectly? Do things that are too perfect make you feel a little nervous? How much swooniness is too much? How much is just right? 
3. We’re all really horrified by Eleanor’s family, but what about Park’s brother and parents? Are they strong role models? How much of Park’s family do we see in Park?

If you’re reading along at home, let us know what you think about Eleanor & Park in the comments!

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