Saturday, May 18, 2013

Screwed by Laurie Plissner

Publisher: Merit Press
Publication Date: May 18, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Romance


Grace was the girl who always did everything right, until the night she fell for a boy's sleazy line and became pregnant. Nick couldn't care less about pretty math-geek Grace or the baby he fathered. He's had a dozen girls like her, and he'll have a dozen more. When Grace confesses to her super-religious, strait-laced parents, they deliver a shocker: They've scheduled an abortion. All they want is to pretend this never happened.

When Grace balks, they literally throw her out in the street. A rich, elderly neighbor takes her in, and, with the help of the friendship she needs in Charlie, the old woman's great-nephew, she must make the toughest choice of her young life. The people she believed in were only playing a role, while others, in an unlikely way, are true heroes.

Grace can never have the life she planned, but she has one chance to be the person she will have to live with for the rest of her life. Her choice will cost her, big time, either way--and no one can make it except her.

I have mixed feelings about this book. When I first saw it online, I thought it had a really good story line to it. How many girls do you hear about nowadays that are getting pregnant at 16...15.... even 14.. I like that Laurie Plissner had the courage to write about such a touchy subject.

Many times you hear about a one-time hook up that ends up in teen pregnancy. When uptight, goody-goody, Grace, finds out she is pregnant in high school, it isn't even her worst nightmare. She never even imagined this happening so how could it have even been a nightmare? It's more like a disaster. Quickly after finding out, her parent's demand an abortion and she refuses. She is then shunned from the family. Her neighbor who Grace really doesn't know anything about comes to her rescue. She gives her a place to live and support that her parents should have shown her.

While staying with Mrs. T, she meets her hostess's great-nephew, Charlie. Throughout the story Charlie and Grace's friend, Jennifer, are there for her through thick and thin. I think some girls would die for that type of support from their peers. 

I give the book 3 bookmarks because it seemed a little unrealistic to me. I mean, I know some girls do have a 'knight in shining armor' or a 'fairy grandmother' type person who can come in to rescue you at trying times in your life but 9 times out of 10, this doesn't happen. When I first read the synopsis, I figured her neighbor took her in just to get her back on her feet for a little while, not that the neighbor was loaded and that she pretty much had one of the easiest pregnancies out there while living in style. This is where my mixed feelings come in. I do see where she had troubles throughout the pregnancy. Her parent's having nothing to do with her, the poor excuse of a human being that knocked her up, and the bullying at school but something about the way it was written didn't really hit me as being 'that bad'. Usually when my emotions get tied into a book, I enjoy them more. Maybe that was what happened, I didn't feel all that bad for Grace. I can't explain why, I just didn't.

On the other side, I did really like the relationship between Grace and Charlie. He was her rock and was never judgmental  What happened happened and there was nothing he could do about it but love Grace like she needed to be. I wish we could have seen more of a relationship with the two of them but I completely understand why we didn't. She was a pregnant teenager. Who would really start  a relationship when they felt like they were as big as a boat and the guy was a hottie. That just doesn't happen unless you were already in the relationship before hand. They were pretty much strangers and were just starting to know each other and I accept that. 

I'm not going to say I don't recommend this book. Because I do. I urge you to. I want you to read it and tell me what you thought. Could you relate with the character or were you just as disconnected as I was? Do you disagree with my rating?

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