Archive for the ‘Teen pregnancy’ Category

One cannot search for “In Trouble” by title either in or Follett’s Titlewave.  I know this because I tried.  I had to mine the title by searching for Ellen Levine and scrolling through her book titles.  I find it ironic that a book about two pregnant girls in the hush-hush 1950s  was clandestine in a major review source and a major selection source.  That said this is a slap in the face journey back through time to taste the sorrow of pregnant girls then.  Elaine is sure that her older college guy will marry her now that she has proven her love for him and is bearing his child.  Friend Jaime is skeptical and tries to contact the shady connections of her aunt to help Elaine.  I wondered about her zeal until Jaime’s rape was revealed.  She hid the secret of that brutality and more.  Though the conversations were leaning toward modern, I still feel the milieu of the times was shown. I was left with the unsettling feeling that young women’s sexual lives had not changed that much despite “in trouble” being dropped from vernacular.

Ellen’s Website

Thea has been her own care-giver, since mom is flighty and dad seems Aspergers-esque. At the prestigious high school she meets a mesmerizing young man and falls immediately in love with him, Will. Hooked. He is a girl’s dream come true, even keeping their romance hot after he leaves for Columbia. During one love-making session, they do not use protection and Thea becomes pregnant. She tells everyone that she is aborting the baby, but leaves the procedure table, never to return. Both set of parents give them money to begin their lives together with Ian, the baby to which Thea is eternally hooked. Columbia is a must in this arrangement, and Thea worries their relationship into confrontations. Will has been traumatized since Ian’s birth, and when Thea accidentally burns Ian, Will explodes with a demand the adoption of Ian so their lives can go forward. That night Thea packs up to live with her father, the fellow I feel has AS. There are bumps, but things work out. Thea crochets adult replicas of her childhood bikini, and despite her father’s negativity, she persists in her hooked hobby becoming a money-maker. And Dad uses his mathematical skills to admit the market, and help with production. Will? They talk weekly, and there is room for more in their relationship. This is an powerful novel about the fears of a teen mom coming into being a parent, her fears, concern for her baby’s safety, and the epiphanies she has about parenthood, particularly about her parents. Will and Thea’s sex scenes are a bit too much for younger readers. But this would be excellent for a teen parenting class’s novel.

ENDERS’ Rating: ****
Catherine’s Website

I just finished Fact of Life #31, and it has already won a Colorado award for YAs and is coming out in paperback November 2009.

#31 continues a trend of books about capable, out-of-the-mainstream teens that have just the right amount of quirk, wit, and teen-society apathy to give a glimpse into a wonderful character. That said, Kat has amazing talents: art, athleticism, and discernment about people. The problem is that her mother, Abra. is too busy with her midwifery patients to notice. Kat goes through her first romance, and Abra hasn’t a clue. Fated stories weave the intertwining the school’s social elite, a fantastic boyfriend, Kat’ little sister and parents and Kat into a complex and great story. Denise alerts readers on her website that the book is for older teens due to more mature material. You will love it.

ENDERS Rating: Didn’t want to put it down.

Denis Vega’s Website

In my recollection there is no book that lays out a young man’s perspective about desire, love, sex, concern, betrayal and the despair of young love the way i know it’s over does. Nick has tried to play by Sasha’s rules, after all she is intelligent, amazingly beautiful and loving; all that he could hope for. The novel begins months later when she tells Nick she is pregnant, after he and Sasha have broken up. The story reverts to the first time Nick meets Sasha who meets his definition of the rarest type of girl, “girls without an act.” What I found amazing was the voice of Nick. Remember this is a first-time novel by a young woman. How Nick could maintain that honest boy-ness while displaying deep emotion and deep thinking was an epiphany for me. The title is prophetic. When the story catches up to Christmas, and it’s over. I eagerly look forward to reading another book by Martin to see what mind she probes next!

ENDERS Rating: A painful, lovely story

c. k. kelly martin’s website