Eleanor and Park are not Romeo and Juliet. But they could be. They are the anti-Romeo and Juliet. Lowman and Malhotra are perfect as these two comic book reading, mix tape listening, almost star crossed friends who become lovers. Lowman adds nuance to Eleanor's sarcasm and loneliness. Malhotra fleshes out Park's desires and confusion. Both find ways to connect through the dialog and shared moments. 14+. Paula Langsam
Autumn thinks with her body and her hands. She bothers with school only because she can't wrestle if her grades fall. Adonis lives in his head. He only exercises his body so he doesn't have to rely on others. Autumn has loved Adonis from the first moment she saw him, wheelchair and all. Adonis can't get far enough away from Autumn during the day, even if he can't stop dreaming about her. These two seemingly mismatched characters are fully realized by Turpin and Hoffman. The voices being almost at odds with Turpin bursting with Autumn exuberance and Hoffman maintaining Adonis's seriousness. As Autumn and Adonis wrestle with their emotions, growing up, and each other, Turpin and Hoffman find balance with each other, deepening the connection between Autumn and Adonis. 14+ Audio. Paula Langsam
Peter Friedman keeps secrets from his friends and families. He will never pitch again, his grandfather’s Alzheimer’s is quickly worsening, and he has a crush on a girl. Fluctuating between accentuated, funny dialogue and straightforward narration, Luke Daniels adeptly expresses the personalities and passions of characters experiencing both life’s losses and gains. (12 up)
When Greg’s mother insists he provide support to fellow teen Rachel, who is dying of cancer, he can no longer maintain his desired low profile at school. He recruits his best friend Earl to help with Rachel; hilarity and awkwardness ensue.