Eleanor ultimately writes Park a postcard with only three sentences at the end of the novel. The reader is not made aware of these terms. They can only be discovered by reading between the lines.
Here are the three sentences: "I love you. Have a good life. I'll miss you." That's what she wrote on the back of her own postcard, which was also three sentences long.
In other words, they break up but remain friends.
This ends one of the most popular young adult novels of all time. It has been listed by USA Today as one of the 100 best English language novels of the 20th century. It has also been listed as #10 on YA Classics website.
Eleanor and Park is a 1996 American coming-of-age novel written by Angie Sage. The book follows 16-year-old Eleanor Oliphant as she moves to Chicago from Florida with her father because her mother has remarried. She starts school in the city and makes new friends. However, she does not make any until she meets Park Fisher, a rich boy who lives across the street from her.
They quickly become friends and then begin an intense romantic relationship despite their differences.
But it's evident that neither of them can stop thinking about the other. At the very conclusion of the novel, Park receives a postcard from Eleanor that is "just three sentences long" (58). It reads: "I'm fine. I'm in Rome. I've been going to museums." Then the card falls into the bottom of his locker.
Their romance ends as ambiguously as it began, with both of them still confused about each other's feelings. However, they do manage to communicate their attraction through letters and postcards so there's hope for future relationships.
Eleanor and Park go on several dates but nothing more than that. In the end, she decides he's not good enough for her and goes out with another boy. Although he gets hurt by this, he understands why she did it and they part friends.
This book can be read as a stand-alone or after reading A Great Gatsby novel which takes place about ten years after this one. However, since it's a sequel, it can be read only after reading the first book in this series.
Park finds courage to show his individuality and stand up for himself as the novel goes and his friendship with Eleanor strengthens. Park, much to his father's disgust, begins wearing eyeliner, which matches Eleanor's gender-neutral aesthetic. This causes problems when they are selected for separate summer camps so that they can learn to trust others.
During the first week of camp, Park meets Travis, a boy who dresses in black and cuts his hair very short. They form a bond over their shared interest in music and poetry and become best friends. When Travis is attacked by two older boys who mistake him for being gay, Park takes his revenge by hacking into their computer and exposing their identity as the ones who have been bullying Travis. After this incident, Park decides not to wear makeup anymore and tells his father that he will never marry. His father doesn't approve of this decision but lets it go.
In the last chapter of the book, we see that both Travis and Park have made new friends at camp and that they enjoy playing music together again. Also, there is a small hint that perhaps something else has happened between them and their feelings have changed.
Here is an excerpt from the end of the book: "Travis stood up and stretched. 'I'm going for a walk,' he said. Park nodded and got up.
A sequel to Eleanor & Park is in the works, according to author Rainbow Rowell, though the specific date is unknown. "There was no certainty that Eleanor & Park would be published," Rowell explained to the magazine. "I knew it would be a while before anyone read it, if ever. So I started writing other things." However, she did add that if readers want more from the world of Eleanor & Park then she'll continue to write about it.
Eleanor & Park was first released on June 2, 2008. It won the John Newbery Medal and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. The sequel, entitled Here and Now, was released on January 5, 2010. A third book in the series has been confirmed by the author, but no release date has been set yet.
Eleanor and Park takes place in Omaha, Nebraska, during the school year from the autumn of 1986 through the summer of 1987. The story alternates between Eleanor's and Park's points of view in the third person. Eleanor Douglas, a tenth-grade student, has recently transferred to a new high school. She is anxious to make new friends but feels overwhelmed by her new environment. One morning, while walking home from school, she meets someone who changes both their lives forever.
Park Mueller is a seventh-grade student at Lincoln Elementary School. He is an aspiring artist who dreams of one day being able to sell his work and leave Omaha with his family. One afternoon when he goes for a walk, he meets Eleanor. They immediately connect and begin writing letters to each other every week. Before long, they develop a friendship that grows into love. But what happens when your love gets you into trouble? Will Eleanor and Park be able to face up to their fears and take the first step toward becoming a real couple?
Eleanor and Park is full of heartwarming moments but it also contains some intense scenes. Some people may find these stories too sentimental but others will enjoy them very much. This book is recommended for readers 12 years old and older.