Goodreads Summary: A thought-provoking and courageous new novel by National Book Award winner Han Nolan. Nobody gets away with telling Eleanor Crowe what to do. But as a pregnant sixteenyear-old, her options are limited: move to Kenya with her missionary parents or marry the baby’s father and work at his family’s summer camp for overweight kids. Despite her initial reluctance to help out, Elly is surprised that she actually enjoys working with the campers. But a tragedy on the very day her baby is born starts a series of events that overwhelms Elly with unexpected emotions and difficult choices. Somehow, she must turn her usual obstinance in a direction that can ensure a future for herself—and for the new life she has created.
My Views: Hmm, this was a quick read. Life of Eleanor, a twisting-turning ride. A teenager with lots of issues (a normal teenager to be precise) and how she goes about worsening or solving them.
The characters are really well etched and that is a strong point of this book. The story is ok but is carried off nicely.
I like how Eleanor’s character develops and learns as the book progresses. The ending is surprising but also gives a reality check and is a nice twist.
In all, the book makes for a quick read that is nice for a one-timer.