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Twenty Weeks [Kindle Edition]

Melisa M Hamling
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'It's his too, Maya! What if he wants it? What if?' The little voice buzzed in my head, and just when I was about to turn away and run out of the clinic, my name was called.

Sixteen-year-old, Maya Rockwell, has it all: a new set of wheels, straight-A grades, and Alex, a hotter than Hades boyfriend with the personality of an angel.

When her best friend kicks off the biggest party of the school season, Maya and Alex jump at the invite for some innocent fun, certainly not the drugs and predatory older crowd they confront.

Maya barely escapes with her life: hers and another new one. She thought she had the answers, but in one terrifying moment, she can no longer pretend to be ignorant.

WARNING: This is a mature YA. Contains descriptive scenes not suitable for younger audiences.

Editorial Reviews


"A sweet romance ... delves into controversial topics in a tasteful and convincing manner." - Rachelle Ayala, Author
"I recommend this book to every woman out there. This book is amazing!" - Wanda - Good Choice Reading - Book Reviews

"I HIGHLY recommend ALL Young Adults read this book, including the guys!" - LaurieHere- Contemporary Fiction and MORE - Book Reviews 

"I was at the same crossroads as Maya, so I could relate with her completely." - Brandi Pletcher, Reader

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Product Details

  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061553015X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GIBK82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twenty Weeks by Melissa Hamling March 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Twenty Weeks" deals with a very controversial subject. Since the other reviews have already discussed the subject and the storyline this reviewer will discuss the writing, flow and character development.

Firstly, I enjoyed the book as it dealt with teenagers and the difficulties they face. Ms. Hamling did a great job in defining her teen characters and how they deal with problems based on their lack of experience and maturity. Having two grown daughters and 3 granddaughters, one (17 year old) who lives with me I am well experienced with teenage girls.

The character development was very good and there was enough back story to understand how the protagonist makes her decisions and why. The secondary characters were filled out enough, for the most part, that we understand their interactions and motivation.

The dialogue between the teenage protagonists was believable and well presented. Although I felt a lack of development of the adult characters in both their dialogue and presentation and motivation.

The book flowed well and there was enough action to keep the plot moving forward and the reader engaged.

With likable characters, good motivation and well written dialogue and plot this book shows that Ms. Hamling has talent and should continue to develop as a writer. She has dealt with a controversial subject with care, warmth and understanding.

The only real complaint I would have was that the storyline deals with difficult, life changing events and seemed to minimise the real hardship financially, educationally and emotionally facing teenage girls and their parents.

Karen Bryant Doering
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Life Hangs on a Single Decision September 3, 2011
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Such a cute story, yet hard-hitting and poignant. I love it! From the very first line to the very last word, this book will entrall you and drag you into today's teen reality. Maya and her boyfriend got more than they bargained by eating "candy" at a party. In a single moment, she is plunged from sweet sixteen to a series of heart-rending decisions and consequences.

The language is spot-on, and will have you laughing your head off one minute, and then screaming the next. You'll cheer, you'll worry, you'll cry, you'll rejoice. But one thing you won't do is put down this book.

Ms. Hamling delivers a tale that should be required reading in high schools. While spinning a romance, she manages to delve into controversial topics in a tasteful and convincing manner. She does not preach at you, but allows the reader to draw his/her own conclusions, whatever his/her viewpoint. You may not agree with everything every characters says or does, but she presents all sides fairly, even with the division between Maya's own parents. I cannot spoil it for you. But it will not be a book you'll soon forget.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Sweet July 26, 2012
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I found this book to be a really sweet and fairly realistic account of a young girls struggle with what to do when she finds out she's pregnant at 16. I've noticed that some of the reviewers say that this doesn't take sides on the abortion topic, but honestly it really does. This book is pro-life and that is the main point of it. I really don't mind that because honestly I'm fairly pro-life myself, but others who feel strongly in their beliefs may find this book too controversial to them. I highly recommend it to anyone who is on the fence though, since I believe that it could help sway you towards being pro-life, which is obvious if you know anything about conception. I loved how the author made Maya's mother a NICU nurse who was always working to save premature babies, giving the story another vision. The fathers take is also fairly typical of men, he believes it's women's business and he should stay out of it, but he doesn't want any of the women in his life to make that decision. My father does this on the fence thing, and it really bothers me, since he's very pro-fathers in all other regards.

Anyways, beyond the pro-life agenda, there is a really cute romance between Maya and the babies father Alex. I found the drama to be realistic for what I know of teenagers, jealousy, drug use, sneaking around. At times the book did get a little too unrealistic, although it might be an honest portrayal of how a pro-life family would feel after they realize that they're daughter didn't get the abortion they thought she did. I think that my husband and I would be almost relieved like these parents were, but still sometimes they seemed a little too good to be true. The side story with Andrea was heartbreaking, and I had a really hard time reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good September 21, 2012
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Twenty weeks is a dramatic story that has many characters. It is a young adult book, but I enjoyed it well, and I am an adult. Some things in the book are not true as I am a medical professional, so that was annoying. But overall it was pretty good.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed review August 3, 2012
By rmkd
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I am so unsure about where to rate this book, that's why I rated it right in the middle. I consider myself to be a "mostly" pro-life person. My heart tells me that I personally could never have an abortion, but I have never personally been a pregnant teen, rape victim, or abuse victim.
Overall, I liked the book. I liked the style of writing and it kept my attention. My heart was with both Andrea and Maya right away.
The thing I really disliked about the book? All the sunshine and roses. As the mother of teenaged boys I had a hard time putting my boys in Alex's position. The author made it seem like all teenaged boys would be as wonderful and heartfelt as Alex. That is rarely the case. And, how many pregnant teens have a trust fund so they can "Stay home with the baby and do college online"? For the reviewers saying that every teen should read this, I disagree. I find that it leads to a false sense of "happily ever after". Everything in "real life" is NOT always sunshine and roses.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book.
I read this book twice. It was emotional and a great book. I think all young pregnant woman should read this in the waiting rooms of Dr. Offices.
Published 12 days ago by Melanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book was... Flat out AMAZING! I am no reader I don't quite like reading I get bored but every now and then a book comes along and I get addicted and read it 24/7 this book is... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Graclyn Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story!
Very good quick read. Quite emotional, not many books bring tears to my eyes. Good story, could easily be someone's life.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book fast read wish there was a sequal
Published 1 month ago by Christina Gilkes
1.0 out of 5 stars The main couple annoyed me and what kind of parents are so happy ...
Everything in the book seemed kind of rushed and fake. The main couple annoyed me and what kind of parents are so happy their teenager is pregnant? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leah W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
this book was amazing.. I could not put it down. my teenage daughter is going to read it. going to read more of her amazing books
Published 2 months ago by elizabeth mosley
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I didn't want to put it down. Young girls and adults alike would love this book. If you had children young you will relate with the characters
Published 2 months ago by Carla Crane
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast and good read.
I loved this book. The beginning was a little slow, but I quickly got absorbed and couldn't put it down. Of course I don't think most situations like this have a fairy tale ending. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bridget Clopper-Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Teary eyed page turner
I didn't realize what I was getting into when I downloaded this book thinking it wouldn't be as great as it turned out to be. going through the journey with Maya was amazing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Twenty Weeks
I enjoyed this story despite the fact that once in awhile it slopped over into the area of saccharine-ness. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Bloser
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About The Author
I grew up in Colorado and moved to Nebraska in the latter half of my teen years, where I've remained. I have a great family and my father is James Dean. Yep! The James Dean. Okay in name only, but I still love to say it. I have the best husband ever! He's not afraid to do the laundry, or the dishes, and dang. He's had to survive four females and a whole lot of hormones. Poor guy! We have three beautiful daughters, and our only sons, Robby and Bentley, are of course, cats. They refuse to acknowledge their furry background, and so continue to live as humanly as possible.

My true passion is writing. I'm captivated by stories that delve into facets of the human behavior: affliction, fidelity, passion, betrayal, and redemption. I prefer to take my characters through a physical journey where they learn something about themselves or take them to new and exciting places, but there is always romance involved.

Release Dates:

Finding Forever Trilogy:

August 30, 2013 - Finding Forever

May 1, 2014 - Paradise City (Finding Forever, book 2)

2014/2015 - A World Apart (Finding Forever, book 3)

Other work:

2014 - Less Than Twenty (Twenty Weeks, book 2 Sammy and Sterling)


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