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Choice Paperback – July 3, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
Organization was questionable. I don't understand why the book wasn't separated into three parts- the first part introducing the characters, and ending when Haley finds out she's pregnant. Parts 2 and 3 could then be her decision to either keep the baby or have an abortion. That would make more sense to me than the way it was done.
The author is clearly young, liberal, pro-choice, etc. While she doesn't preach, she does use terms like "anti-choice" to describe the pro-life movement. I did feel that it would have been a bit better if she had remained a bit more unbiased.
Additionally, I didn't really like the dialogue. I didn't think the characters talked like real teenagers would- both in dialogue and in the narration. I felt that the author tried a bit too hard to relate to the characters and it comes off as forced.
A previous reviewer said this should be required reading for all high school students (if I remember correctly), but to me, it isn't a quality piece of literature. It was a great idea that could have been executed better. I want more literary devices! Less foul language, too. (I was wanting to bring this book into my classroom with my students, grades 9-12. While I don't think they would voice the same complaints that I have, if I'm going to assign reading to my students, I want it to be quality material that we can dive into. This book may elicit discussion, but because the author's political viewpoints are transparent, it's not the kind of discussion I want to bring into my classroom.)
The book is well researched and written with important details. It presents the two choices in a realistic, objective way. Teenagers, who must hurdle the fence between non-intimacy and intimacy in their relationships, would benefit greatly from reading this excellent book. The author's efforts have provided teens with a great service.