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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve day: Books about pregnancy and babies

Well, tonight is Christmas Eve. As Christmas is about a baby being born, today we're looking at books about being pregnant or babies.

    

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson. Alternating between then and now, Bobby tells us of his girlfriend's teen pregnancy and how he is raising the infant as a single teen father. Bobby's family is supportive, but it's up to Bobby to raise Feather, to balance sleepless nights and diaper changes with school, and his fading hopes for college. The second in a trilogy of companion novels, readers don't have to start with Heaven, but will want to pick it up after reading Bobby's story.

The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer. Gaby's mother and older sisters were all teen moms. Despite Gaby's efforts to excel academically and her dreams of something more, being another statistic is all anyone expects from her. To see how perceptions and interactions would change, Gaby proves them right. As part of a school project, Gaby fakes a pregnancy, hiding the truth from her family and friends.

Bumped by Megan McCafferty. In a world where adults can't have babies, teens get pregnant to create babies for adults to raise. Melody is a pro--someone who hires herself out to be matched with the perfect guy to create perfect babies-- but her sponsors haven't found that guy and time's running out. Her twin sister, Harmony has grown up in a religious compound and is just now seeing the realities of the outside world. When Harmony gets a message that a guy for Melody has finally been found... complications ensue. Follow it with Thumped.

    

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. There are two stories going on--one of a group of kids surviving a horrific car crash and their friends, and one of Taylor who has been chosen to lead the Jellicoe School in the annual Territory Wars against the Cadets and Townies. Her heart's not in it though, as Hannah, the closest thing she has to a mother, has disappeared. Also, the head of the Cadets happens to be a boy she hasn't seen this they ran away together 6 years ago, the last time Taylor tried to look for her actual mother. You know the two storylines connect, and you have an idea how, but you're not sure until it happens and it's 3 am and you're sobbing in the middle of your kitchen.

Impossible by Nancy Werlin. Lucy doesn't know it, but she's subjected to a family curse. That's why her mother's crazy and she lives with foster parents. But, then the Elfin Knight comes for her, and she has limited time to do impossible tasks-- it's the only way to break the curse, to free herself and future generations. If you've ever wondered about the tasks set forth in the ballad "Scarborough Fair" this novel based on the song gives a pretty good explanation.

Hooked by Catherine Greenman. Thea and Will's relationship has survived a lot--including Will going off to college, but can it survive a pregnancy? Their parents are as supportive as they can be (emotionally and fiscally) but that still may not be enough.

    

Dancing Naked by Shelley Hrdlitschka. Only 16, Kia has suddenly finds herself pregnant. Her boyfriend wants her to terminate, but she doesn't feel that's the right option for her. Part of a tight-knit church youth group, she quickly finds out who her real friends are as she tries to figure out her next steps.

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff. LeVaughn's entire life has been about keeping up the grades she'll need to get to college and trying to make the money for tuition. She gets a job baby-sitting for Jolly, a 17-year-old dropout with two kids. But when Jolly can't pay her, LeVaughn stays, against her better judgement. Follow it with True Believer.

Holding On to Zoe by George Ella Lyon. Jules's mother has always been distant, but even more so since she got pregnant. Her boyfriend has left town, and even her best friend thinks she should get rid of it. But Jules sees baby Zoe as a chance to finally have the family she never did--especially since her mother refuses to admit that Zoe even exists.

What are your must reads about pregnancy and babies?

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