Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she's a goner—completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.
Always worried that she loves Will more than he loves her, Thea is pleasantly surprised when their romance weathers his move to college and Will goes out of his way to involve her in his life. But then, Thea misses a period. And that starts Thea and Will on a wild ride that neither of them could have possibly prepared for. When they decide to keep the baby, their concerned parents chip in what they can to keep Will in school and give both teenagers a comfortable place to raise their child. But when a freak accident leaves Thea shaken and threatens to upend their little family altogether, Thea is forced to turn to the last place she would have chosen for comfort: her stiff, uncompromising father.
This smart, touching first novel brims with realistic, beautifully drawn characters, and reminds us that love is never as easy or predictable as we might like it to be.
My rating: 4 stars of 5
This book will have you Hooked ;)
It took me awhile to read this book. Okay, maybe a little more than a week to read it. Which may not seem like a whole lot to yooooooou but, to me IT TOOK FOREVER.
I started this book with some doubt. I usually don't venture to books that are out of the paramormal/fantasy genre. I told myself I'd push through it and read it because it's new and I don't want to end up being the only person that hasn't read it yet.
The book is oddly fast paced and only around 270 pages. It felt longer, though.
Thea is a somewhat rowdy and uncontrollable teenager. She's not a super big trouble maker but she's done some things that her parents haven't approved of. She meets a guy named Will who's gorgeous but a little weird. He has a lazy eye and is straight-forward about everything. Thea falls head over heels for Will. Thea's now a senior which means that Will is off in college. One day, Thea forgets to take the pill and realizes that she might be pregnant with her period a week late. She tests at school and comes out positive.
This shouldn't be a spoiler considering the cover tells it all but I loved how the story didn't end right after the baby was born. We get to go through Thea's life with her baby and Will and the new friends she makes on her journey. While pregnant, she takes up crocheting. It soothes her and everyone insults her because she's just "wasting money". In the end, crocheting becomes a big deal.
A lot of drama is in this book but it plays out well and doesn't drag anything out. You know, we don't have to sit through 5 chapters of the same drama. Like I said before, it is fast paced and skips forward a lot. It isn't bad, though. You are almost glad you don't have to read through every single detail of her life.
I liked that they didn't glamorize her pregnancy and highlighted the difficulties.
To summarize my thoughts on the book with no sugar added: It is hard to describe this book. I gave it four stars because it wasn't my favorite but it was really good. There was obviously sexual content that was kept at a minimum, with one actual sexual reference. It was interesting to read about Thea's struggles and what she was going through. I loved how everything unfolded nicely at the end with still a bit of unsolved conflict to let you know that not every story is going to end perfectly. This book was hard to review and I had mixed feelings about it. If you want something a bit different, I would suggest this book.