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Testing the Waters: Fifteen &...What!? (Before the Darkest Hour Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

E. McNew
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Book Description

Popular. Driven. The girl next door.

CAUTION: This Could be Your Daughter
Testing the Waters is the coming of age of Elizabeth Jeter. It candidly reveals the provocative and secret world of planned teenage pregnancy and the brutal consequences that follow. Popular. Driven. The girl next door.

Once upon a time a beautiful teenager looked forward to school letting out and the warm, carefree days to come. But in the summer of her fifteenth year, things would drastically change. After reading a romance book sensationalizing a young woman’s perfect life following the hookup with a wealthy prince charming, Elizabeth set out to create her own fairy tale ending. This would become the beginning of the darkest hour in her life.
Pregnancy. Bridesmaids. Jail.

If you are this girl, you will take a deep breath and nod your head knowingly. If you knew this girl, you will rethink your assumptions. If this girl is your daughter, you will finally get an insider’s look at what she can’t put into words.

Above all, you will be moved. Moved to tears, to unity, to action. Elizabeth is one of the lucky ones. She survived. Sadly, many young women and their children are unable to escape the madness and become grave statistics. Not everyone gets a second chance and she hopes to inspire others with her straightforward honesty.

Editorial Reviews


  • "Real life is much sadder than made-up tales. When I reached the end of the book, I felt like crying. I also wanted to scream out, What happens next?"
  • "Elizabeth wrote this book in order for teens and the parents of teens to become aware of a harsh reality: many teen girls plan secret pregnancies!"
  • "This is a wonderful story about a teenager who caused her own trouble. It's so nice to know what could possibly be going on in a daughter's life. Teenagers and parents of teenagers living in small towns need to read this!"
  • "Elizabeth telling her story like she is one of the bravest things i have ever seen. bringing up difficult pasts is hard on its own but writing about it for other people to read is very courageous!"

From the Author

You may be reading this as a friend and supporter of my efforts to create change, you may be reading this as a person who is disgusted by my choices, or you may be reading this as a complete stranger. Regardless of how you may relate to this book, I have one important favor to ask: I ask that you make a conscious effort to remain non-bias, and accept this story as a story that will possibly determine my hopes of an opportunity to mend the broken hearts of my daughters. They are the ones who ultimately paid the price for the poor choices made by myself and those whom I allowed near them. Please know that my story is purposely written in the state of mind I was in at that point in time, and my intentions are purely to uncover my perspective of what occurred in those fate-changing moments. By doing this, my hopes are that I can be a voice for many people, including the four babies who had no understanding or method of expressing their pain which was unintentionally, and intentionally, caused by several people, and their lack of knowledge and compassion for humanity. I have determined that re-living my personal struggles will undoubtedly cause the grief to resurface, but the benefits will surely overpower my pain. Whoever you are, however you may know me, and whatever your opinion may be, I hope that this story will empower you to find your internal courage to make that one necessary change. The change that your heart whispers to you as you go about your daily routine. The change that will become a transforming gift to our world, which is silently begging to be reborn.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1228 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: kindle unlimited; 4 edition (July 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H0N4ICQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliff-hanger... April 7, 2014
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As I read this book, I liked it enough that intended to leave a positive review. But the book ends with a total cliff-hanger, which kind of irritated me.

The book is interesting and an insightful read, but there is no closure at the end. I understand this is book 1 of 4, but even in a series each individual book should be complete with a logical ending-point. This book ends in the middle of a scene and totally leaves you hanging. There isn't closure to the book overall and there's no closure even for the final scene of the book.

It's a decent story, but I would only recommend buying it if you already know you're going to purchase the other books as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only half of the story?? July 25, 2014
By Ally
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Maybe I'm missing something but it abruptly ended with a link to the author's website to "request" the complete memoir. But the catch to that is a required phone number and being sent marketing info? Nope. Sorry.

I also didn't care for the writing style. It was very informal but i think it reads like a teenager's journal, not an adult writing a professional memoir about her experiences. The dialogue was run together in long paragraphs so it was awkward to read because of the formatting. I luckily got this book for free but because the rest of the story is currently priced at $8.49, I will not be buying it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh. Don't waste your time. August 10, 2014
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Warning: Some spoilers ahead.

This book is terribly written about a time in the author's life when she was a terrible person. She either needs an editor, a friend who knows a little more about writing (which would be pretty much anyone) or to take a writing class.

There are so many typos and grammatical errors it made my head hurt. The way she wrote was off putting and annoying. Just....there's no other words that come to my mind currently than awful and terrible. Seeing her note to readers on the Amazon page makes me think she's better than this.

I can get past that if the story is compelling but for me, this just wasn't. I'm sorry, there's something seriously wrong if a 14 year old is PURPOSEFULLY GETTING PREGNANT. TWICE.

My big question is: Why is her mother letting her date at all, let alone a guy who's 19? That's statutory rape and I hope he is sitting in jail right now, especially since he dumped her once she turned 18 and started sleeping with a 15 year he was 23...with a 15 year old. Plus, that wasn't her first boyfriend or first person she had sex with! He was at least the third boyfriend and second lover, probably third. And she was with #2 for a year! So that means she was dating and having sex in 8th grade. There's something seriously wrong there.

I get it. 14 year olds want to date. I certainly did. Fine, let them go on group dates. Don't allow your underage daughter to see a man who's 19, a high school drop out and a raging alcoholic! Don't let him sleep over!

Everyone in this story had a hard luck story. I honestly only really cared anything about the mom and I did question some of her parenting choices.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I did not like it. I am glad I didn't have to ... July 18, 2014
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I did not like it. I am glad I didn't have to pay for it. I was especially disappointed that it was not the whole story. I did not know it was part 1. That was not made clear before purchasing it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome but wish I would July 9, 2014
By kvaughn
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Have been warned the whole story isn`t there i was highly disappointed to be so sucked in by a story alot like my own to only have it end so suddenly
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By gayle
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This book is poorly written and full of errors. The content is disturbing and I read it to try to understand why a 15 year old would want to get pregnant and more importantly how I can protect my own daughter from this sort of horrible decision making. So, I considered it an educational read and you have to approach it like you are reading a diary so the poor writting, errors and horrible structure to the book fall to the side. This girl seems to have been raised in a loving but disfunctional home with no real supervision. Lots of unsupervised time to be having sex at 14 and freedom to NOT be put on birth control after the birth of the first child. You'll feel horrible for the children, sad for the author, and sick about the family unit that didn't protect anyone. I was outraged as the casual use of public funds for everything from housing to food to drs. visits with NO regard but that seems to be this girl's reality. It is what it is.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By JKReads
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I lived a period of time in the Central Valley of Ca and saw the prevalence of meth use and teen pregnancy, usually with tragic results. I personally don't understand the flippant decision to get 'knocked up' as a lark, I was nearly 30, traveled abroad, finished university, before I had my first child. Then to put her children in danger with meth users around, leaving her children to be preyed upon while doing her self-centered no no. I think it was for the best that the girls were adopted into a better, more secure home. I feel for the third child. God forbid what this innocent one will go through. I appreciate that the author shared her story honestly and didn't make excuses, but I wish she would stop the baby-making, get some wisdom, and develop some character before choosing to procreate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read lots of autobioghaphocal books, I found it ...
I read lots of autobioghaphocal books, I found it to be profoundly honest... I am reading her next book atm
Published 1 month ago by amynola
5.0 out of 5 stars Very true to life
This was a very good book. Very true to how life is for young adults today. It has a very sad ending.
Published 4 months ago by Brandy Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a very good story. I think it should be read by ...
It was a very good story. I think it should be read by teens everywhere. There were things in it that were totally not necessary..the editing was bad. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jbug
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story
Interesting tale of woe for a naive teen who learns the hard way that love,kids and marriage do not ox with alcohol and drugs.
Published 7 months ago by Monica
3.0 out of 5 stars This is hard for me to rate
This is hard for me to rate not a great book but a story that needs to be told to kids. No one thinks they are as immature as they really are at 15. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nora Gainey
5.0 out of 5 stars omg! what happens next!!
I have read the reviews and was prepared for a mystery ending but I can't stop thinking of the possible missing pieces!
Published 7 months ago by Jenifer
5.0 out of 5 stars krazy stuff
Wow I really have to say. Your writing is always amazing. I can really relate to the story beings I'm the bad guy in it!! And people this is a great book, no lie! Read more
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Published 8 months ago by Beate
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh, ok read but it ended abruptly.
it was an obsessive read actually. I wanted to know what happened but it ended so abruptly!! I'm not sure if you want to read this if you like a resolved plot base.
Published 8 months ago by darksideunicorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book! I couldn't put it down! Elizabeth has been through hell and I felt what she was going through in her writing! Good for her to get her painful story out there!
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More About the Author

Elizabeth McNew is a dynamic professional whose publishing acumen has resulted in amazing success for her clients. In addition to her roles as freelance writer, blogger, best-selling author and web design specialist, she has helped over one hundred aspiring authors launch and sell ebooks in nearly every genre as the founding member of both, National Authors Association and National E-Book Association. Her most recent auction settled at $18,000 and she has since invested in website and domain sales.

While life is certainly treating her well, it wasn't always so cordial. Formerly known as Elizabeth Jeter, she grew up in the small town of South Lake Tahoe, California. During her youth, Elizabeth struggled with substance abuse, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, child custody loss and hardships in the California court system. Her ultimate passion has always been writing and she candidly recounts her challenging journey in the controversial book, Long Blue Line-which is available on

It wasn't easy, but she persevered in the end and is still going strong. Her ambition is clearly evident in each project she assumes and her impeccable reputation is something new and existing clientele have learned to depend on.

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