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The Inconceivable Life of Quinn Hardcover – April 4, 2017

4.2 out of 5 stars 19 ratings

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Gr 9 Up—Quinn Cutler, 16, is the daughter of an up-and-coming Brooklyn politician. She never thought she would be pregnant. How can she be pregnant when she has never had sex? That is the question Quinn and her family attempt to answer. Things get complicated when a gossipy newspaper article outs Quinn's pregnancy and claims she is a virgin. Suddenly, the family's front stoop is crowded with spectators believing that Quinn is carrying the next messiah. Even she begins to question the true origin of her pregnancy. Was she drugged, or is this the result of something more mysterious? Family secrets reveal a truth buried far in Quinn's past. Her journey is hampered by a sluggish pace and stereotypical characters: the detached older brother, the strict father. Baer explores Quinn's pregnancy mostly through the lens of her family's status in the public eye. However, the teen's more personal emotional and physical experiences are not given due diligence. Treatment of the pregnancy conflict might reinforce negative stereotypes surrounding teen pregnancy. A brief look into Quinn's future soon after she gives up her baby for adoption fails to capture the emotional complexity she surely must have experienced. VERDICT Flat characterizations and the melding of realistic fiction and local mythology never cohere into a developed story. Consider only as an additional purchase.—Carrie Finberg, South Park High School, PA


"Quinn’s determined struggle to piece together the puzzle compellingly drives the narrative onward, and readers on board for something thought-provoking will be hooked."

"In a suspenseful and thought-provoking novel, Baer (Frost) tackles the illusiveness of memory (especially in regard to trauma), media firestorms, fear of the unknown, and the complexities of faith, without ever turning didactic or allowing Quinn’s story to fall into melodrama... It’s a delicate, complicated, and engrossing exploration of the collision between real life and the inexplicable."
(Publishers Weekly)

"Quinn's voice is real and believable, and the characters are multifaceted and sympathetic."

"The confusion Quinn deals with is well crafted, and the secondary characters offer rich insight into the story...those who are looking for a story focusing on blending real life and the unexplained will enjoy this title."
(School Library Connection)

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  • Grade Level : 8 and up
  • Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
  • Hardcover : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1419723022
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1419723025
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.25 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Harry N. Abrams (April 4, 2017)
  • Reading level : 13 and up
  • Language: : English
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