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Flattered by the
attentions of Nick, the cutest guy in school, seventeen-year-old Grace
Warren, captain of the math team, lets down her guard and gets pregnant
the night she loses her virginity. Hopeful that Nick will drop to one
knee and propose when she breaks the baby news to him, Grace is
heartbroken--Nick wants nothing to do with her.
Her best friend,
Jennifer, thinks she should get an abortion, but Grace is certain that
her morally upright parents will insist that she keep the baby. After
she comes clean to her super-religious, strait-laced parents, they
surprise her by insisting that she terminate the pregnancy to avoid
humiliating the family.
But when she sees the fetus on the ultrasound,
she decides she can't get rid of it. Deciding to save the tiny life
growing inside of her, Grace must face the consequences of being that
girl - the good girl who got knocked up.
I wasn't a fan of Plissner's previous work, Louder Than Words, but I wanted to give her another chance. I won't do that again.
This YA novel feels like it was written by a twelve-year-old, not an established author. And I have a very hard time believing that staunch Pro-Lifers would suddenly want to force their daughter to have an abortion. I am Pro-Choice and would never ever ever force someone to terminate a pregnancy.
There was a lot that was unrealistic, but what really pissed me off was all of the slut-shaming. Why do women do that to each other? Sex is a natural part of life. It's healthy. It's fun. Yes, teen pregnancies happen. But they don't just happen to the "bad" girls--those who have sex more than once(!). Grace is portrayed as so.much.better than those stupid whores who got knocked up. They're all low-class, low-GPA, unambitious leg-spreaders. Smart girls don't get pregnant, so Grace is at a complete and total loss about how this happened! AS IS HER DOCTOR.
I'm so pissed off at this book. I won't be reading anything else by Laurie Plissner. EVER.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.