Wednesday, January 30, 2013
This is young adult, and an easy read. This is a book about friendship, teenage pregnancy and young love, making mistakes, relationships, and even touches upon postpartum depression. Perhaps a current version of "Are you there God, it is me, Margaret?", but not quite. There is a big leap between reading about masturbation and your best friend delivering a baby out in a cabin with her brother, whom you have a crush on. There were parts of this book that were a bit much, such as the religious fundamentalist parents that wouldn't accept their daughter's pregnancy, and some parts that were great, such as a house designed with a special chill out room. It's a quite read, and I quite liked that each chapter started with the first line from a classic novel. It was a nice way to frame the story, especially as our narrator, Julie, starts the book contemplating first lines, and then finishes with a similar reflection upon closers. All in all, a decent read, and I liked that teenage pregnancy wasn't glorified, rather, it was a life changing, terrifying event that created a lot of unknowns in a young women's life.