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Grade 9 Up—Angel Hansen, 17, has been in love with Danny Stanton for what seems like a lifetime. When he rejects her at an end-of-summer blowout party, the drunk teen ends up having a one-night stand with someone else, which results in her becoming pregnant. Beginning with that fateful night, journal-style entries take readers on the 10-month journey that Angel must make as she defies all odds and decides to keep the baby. She finds an unexpected ally in Danny, who walks away from his jock image to step into the role of boyfriend/replacement father. While the story moves along at a fairly rapid pace, there are times when the characters are somewhat puzzling, such as Danny suddenly shifting his feelings for Angel. This first-person narrative offers a vivid portrait of the dark side of fleeting hookups and teen pregnancy. It will resonate with older teens.—Caryl Soriano, New York Public Library
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About the Author

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of many adult books, including the international bestseller The Thin Pink Line. This is her first book for teens. She lives with her family in Danbury, Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416925244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416925248
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was an independent bookseller and buyer for 11 years before deciding to take a chance on myself as a novelist. While trying to sell my books, I worked variously as a Publishers Weekly reviewer, a freelance editor, a sort-of librarian, and a window washer. My first novel, The Thin Pink Line, about a woman who fakes an entire pregnancy, was published by Red Dress Ink in 2003 as their own first-ever hardcover. It was published in 11 countries and was the first book from any Harlequin imprint ever to receive a starred Kirkus review. I've since had over 20 books published for adults (Vertigo), teens (The Twin's Daughter) and children (The Sisters 8 series, created with my husband and daughter). Recently, I've published a few ebooks as well, including a comedic romance for adults, The Bro-Magnet. I live in Danbury, CT, with my wonderful husband Greg and my equally wonderful daughter Jackie.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on December 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Teenage pregnancy can't realistically be lived in only 250 pages, but Lauren Baratz-Logsted handles this controversial topic more successfully than most. ANGEL'S CHOICE begins like many other teen pregnancy stories with one bad decision; however, Angel's voice narrates a little something extra into the story that's really hard to explain.

There is the upset family, the lost friendships, the ostracism in the school classroom, plus the roller coaster of emotional and physical turmoil a teen pregnancy entails. Angel is faced with the choices of abortion, adoption, or becoming a young mother. She knows what a friend before her has chosen but realizes it isn't right for her. The less-than-happy teen father and her own unhappy parents have ideas of their own. Ultimately, the choice is hers and hers alone.

Although this subject is complicated and huge, the dialogue in much of the novel seems real and genuine. Angel confronts her obstacles bravely. After discussions with her grandmother and her aunt, she learns others before her have made similar painful decisions. Her attempts to remain a normal teen often succeed but are tempered with realism and an uncertain view of the future.

Angel's final realization is that survival would not be possible without the support and love of those around her. This is a book that should be included in any collection aimed at helping teens face the decisions of today and their consequences.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harrison on December 19, 2006
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It's impossible to put ANGEL'S CHOICE down. Unusually realistic, the story charts the plight of the teenaged Angel, who discovers that she's pregnant. Far from being a polemic, the author instead stays inside Angel's head as she tries to maneuver the mine field of choices that she has, both large and small. Should she get an abortion? Should she have the baby and forego college? Every avenue open to her seems fraught with compromise, and readers will be struck by the "this-is-you" verisimilitude of the author's prose.

There are many surprises, including the reaction of the boyfriend's parents, and the boyfriend himself, whom Angel is devoted to. And yet, best of all is Angel herself. With sharp clarity, the author brings her to life in compelling three-dimensions. Her choice could be any young girl's choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steph on April 12, 2008
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To me, the most important factor in any book is the characters and their voices. This book, judging by how much I love it, really delivered.

Angel Hansen finds herself pregnant in the middle of senior year, and while everyone else is worried about getting into college, their SATs, usual high school stuff, she's got much bigger things to worry about. Does she ever complain about it? No. Does she ever let herself wallow in self-pity? Again, no. She is, throughout the book, met with many conflicts that she does not wiggle herself out of--she combats them full-on. By no means is her pregnancy easy. Being a pregnant teen in today's society means you're constantly the object of judgment, ostracism and alienation. It takes its toll on a person. But, again, does Angel cower away? You guessed it--she doesn't.

The choice she makes has strong repercussions in very important relationships in her life--with her best friend, Karin, her parents, her aunt, and Danny, a guy from school who is more than a friend but less than a boyfriend. This is what makes this novel so, so authentic. Nothing comes without a certain weight.

And of course, Angel is a truly identifiable character. Sometimes while I read this book, in the many times I have read it, I was struck by how many introspective passages sounded like my own thoughts and my own reasoning. She's got her weaknesses, her fears, her imperfections, all of which perfectly shape an admirable heroine.

All in all, this book's got it all: superb writing, characters you can relate to, authenticity, and one great main character.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LisaMC on January 24, 2007
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I read Angel's Choice in one big gulp last night and had to come in here and say what I think of it. It is a really superb book on a really problematic topic. Teen pregnancy and the abortion debate are two topics which polarize people more quickly than almost anything in this country. Everyone is on one side of the fence or the other, and neither side listens to the other, it seems.

This book is refreshing in that it shows the topic from the point of view of the teenage girl herself, and portrays her anxieties clearly, both the ones that led her to have inappropriate sex and that led her to the choice she makes. I like that her parents and friends aren't sugarcoated, and you see the warts in them as they deal with the change in their lives that Angel's choice brings about, because it is never just one person who is affected by teen pregnancy, but the teen's whole community, family and friends. Ms. Baratz-Logsted is to be commended for showing all sides of the issue here in a very readable and entertaining way. I was really drawn into the world of the novel and really engaged by all the characters.

A side note to Amazon. Why don't you change the picture on the site to match the actual cover of the book?
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