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The Selective Collective: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


For our Valentine’s Day inspired (though a bit late) pick:


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

Gone Pecan was given the Casting Call portion for Eleanor & Park and I think we are pretty happy with our choices.

For Park, Korean actor/model Kim Bum

Park is half Korean on his mother’s side, half Irish on his father’s.  He’s supposed to have green eyes and be a little short, but we found Kim and didn’t want to look any more. 🙂 Park is a little punk rock, a little sensitive; very mature for his age. In other words, he’s the atypical high school boy.  Put some black eyeliner on him and you’ll fall in love, too.

For Eleanor, Alia Shawkat

Eleanor is a big girl with massive red curly hair and tons of freckles. There’s something about her that calls to Park, makes him want to protect her and love her.  She’s tough, but vulnerable in many ways. Eleanor is quirky with a necessarily strange fashion sense.  I think Alia can really pull of all of the above qualities with flair and make the audience empathize with her without pitying her. Just what Eleanor would want.

Liked our Casting Call?  Check out all the other great SC posts about this book!

Freebie Post:  –  The Music of Eleanor & Park  – Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide

Review: Eleanor & Park – Tee @ YA Crush

Roudtable Discussion: Eleanor & Park— Candice @ The Grown Up YA

Author Q & A + Giveaway – Eleanor & Park  – Sandie & Diana @ Teen Lit Rocks

Thanks to St Martin’s Press for sending us copies for review.

17 thoughts on “The Selective Collective: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

    1. i actually sent it to her a few days ago and she loved both of the castings 🙂 I can’t take credit for Alia, Kristina actually picked her, but I jumped on it! I think she’d be perfect. I think she’s beautiful.

  1. Awww. This casting makes me happy 🙂 Kim Bum’s exactly how I imagine Park to look – though I did watch an episode of Boys Over Flowers and his pronunciation of English words could use some work. Alia Shawkat is gorgeous and is perfectly freckly. But she might need to gain a bit of weight for the role because I have trouble believing anyone with functional eyes would describe her as fat. Full-bodied maybe. In any case, I wish this book would be adapted into a movie. I’m 92% finished (I just started this morning) and I’ve never been more invested in a YA book. Rainbow Rowell’s writing reminds me of David Levithan, but it isn’t afraid of trudging into darker places.

  2. Hey, so while these actors are both great… I honestly think unknowns would be better for Eleanor & Park. Just my opinion. 🙂

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