Eleanor and Park Important Quotes

Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

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Eleanor and Park Important Quotes

  1. “The new girl took a deep breath and stepped farther down the aisle. Nobody would look at her”(Chapter 1, p. 4).

This quote refers to the moment that the oddly-dressed Eleanor first gets on the school bus and no one wants to let her sit with them. Park finally can’t stand seeing her being refused anymore, so he scoots over to let her sit down.

  1. “Park spent the day trying to think of how to get away from the new girl. He’d have to switch seats. That was the only answer”(Chapter 3, p. 9).

This quote suggests that Park initially disliked Eleanor, whom he found quite strange. He wanted to distance himself from her so that his bullies would not bother him, but he ends up falling in love with her.

  1. “Choose a romantic poem, that’s my advice. You’ll get the most use out of it”(Chapter 5, p. 18).

Mr. Stressman, Park and Eleanor’s English teacher, gives this advice to his class in regard to a poetry assignment that he has just given out. He implores his students to learn a love poem for the assignment, as they will be useful in the future. Funnily enough, Park starts to fall for Eleanor after she recites hers.

  1. “Jungle fever is a thing … Your people come from the jungle”(Chapter 7, p.26).

Cal makes this mean and racist remark to Park during a discussion they are having. Cal is not trying to be mean, but his cluelessness is what is really offensive.

  1. “She was the only person in the class who would read her poem like it wasn’t an assignment”(Chapter 9, p. 33).

Park thinks this to himself after Eleanor’s most recent poetry recitation in Mr. Stressman’s class. Eleanor’s recitation inspires Park and he begins to see her in a different light.

  1. “She woke up to shouting. Richie shouting. She couldn’t tell what he was saying”(Chapter 11, p. 42).

This quote explains how Eleanor was awoken yet again by Richie screaming at her mother. At this point in Eleanor’s life, such behavior from Richieis a common occurrence.

  1. “That morning, in English, Park noticed that Eleanor’s hair came…
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