Scott Spencer Edward Rothstein - Essay

Edward Rothstein

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Scott Spencer] has achieved something quite remarkable in ["Endless Love," an] unabashedly romantic and often harrowing novel. He has created an adolescent love that is believably endless; in fact, we believe that there is no end to which the lover will not go to reach his beloved….

Mr. Spencer carries us along by giving David, who tells the story, a powerful voice—violent, erotic, overwrought, naïve…. David feasts on … reckless passion and on pain: sobs crack like falling trees; lovers, covered with menstrual blood, look like victims of a savage crime. On occasion he lapses into romantic clichés—his love is "more real than time, more real than death, more real, even, than she and...

(The entire section is 684 words.)