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8 Eleanor & Park Quotes About First Love (and Loss)

Or maybe, he thought now, he just didn’t recognize all those other girls. The way a computer drive will spit out a disk if it doesn’t recognize the formatting. When he touched Eleanor’s hand, he recognized her. He knew.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

“I don’t think I even breathe when we’re not together,” she whispered. “Which means, when I see you on Monday morning, it’s been like sixty hours since I’ve taken a breath. That’s probably why I’m so crabby, and why I snap at you. All I do when we’re apart is think about you, and all I do when we’re together is panic. Because every second feels so important. And because I’m so out of control, I can’t help myself. I’m not even mine anymore, I’m  yours, and what if you decide that you don’t want  me? How could you want me like I want you?”


She never felt like she belonged anywhere, except for when she was lying on her bed, pretending to be somewhere else.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

“I don’t like you,” he said. “I need you.”


What were the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

None of his friends’ parents were still together, and in every case, that seemed like the number one thing that had gone wrong with his friends’ lives.


You think that holding someone hard will bring them closer. You think that you can hold them so hard that you’ll still feel them, embossed on you, when you pull away.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,” he said, “and then take it back.” “I can,” she said. “Life’s a bastard.”

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