Author: Ellen Levine
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Buy at: Amazon
Jamie and Elaine are juniors in high school and best friends. And they’re both in trouble. Elaine is sure her boyfriend loves her and will do the right thing. Jamie can’t bear to think about what happened to her. Either way, neither Jamie nor Elaine have good choices for getting out of trouble.
In the decades before Roe v. Wade, a young woman “in trouble” had very few options—and all of them meant shame, isolation, and maybe much worse. Set against the backdrop of McCarthyism and the dawning sexual revolution, Ellen Levine’s unflinching historical YA novel is based on the award-winning author’s extensive research and interviews. It offers a disturbing portrait of what it was like to be a young woman long before Juno and Bristol Palin.
Rating – 3/5 stars
Judge the Cover – The cover let me know it was a historical fiction, with its black and white background. The title is what brought me to read it.
Selecting – NetGalley provided me with this book.
Review – This book is going to get mixed reviews and thoughts about it. Just like Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler, books that talk about uncomfortable topics are going to get some bad reviews. This book covers an important topic that many young girls face today, pregnancy.
A few things I liked about this book. Ellen Levine has set the time back in 1965, and the story revolves around two high school girls. She brings the topic about pregnancy into the story, and what the young girls of that time thought about it. It’s not so different than now, but back then, it was more shameful. It is told in the point of view of Jamie’s; who recently found out her friend Elaine is pregnant.
What I like so much about Levine’s writing, is that she brought us into the story and see what Elaine was going through on making decisions on her pregnancy. Making that big of decisions, she also had pressure from family and friends, and not so good of a boyfriend. One term that comes up is abortion, which back then was illegal.
Then, there were a few things I didn’t like. The story was choppy. At points of the story, I felt confused and wasn’t quite sure if I was going to finished the book. All in all, I think some young adults should give this book a read. You need this type of information, rather you’re pregnant or not. It’s good to be informative about topics such as this.
Best Character – I think Jamie being able to handle her friend’s pregnancy was decent and she is a very great friend. I mean I know she freaked out but who wouldn’t.
Worst Character – None.
Favorite Part – Jamie and Paul going to the movies was kind of sweet, but not really my favorite part. It was just decent.
Author’s NEWS – This will be Ellen Levine’s latest release.