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Grace has always been a good girl—the pride of her socially prominent parents. Then she is seduced by Nick, a teen Casanova who is challenged by Grace’s innocence just long enough to take it away. Now Grace is pregnant, and unsurprisingly, Nick is no help. Her upstanding parents are furious, and after a failed attempt to have Grace get an abortion, they tell her that she must leave their home. Fortunately, an elderly neighbor, Mrs. Teitelbaum, takes Grace in. As in a fairy tale, Grace is thus rescued by a wealthy and kind benefactress who just happens to have a handsome great-nephew, Charlie. The story is focused on Grace, but Plissner shifts the viewpoint from character to character, sometimes several times throughout the course of a conversation, and while the effect can create an unfocused whole, it does add to a multidimensional portrait of teen pregnancy. In the end, Grace lives up to her name and discovers that there are many good people who want to help her. Grades 9-12. --Diane Colson

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"Grace has always been a good girl - the pride of her socially prominent parents. Then she is seduced by Nick, a teen Casanova who is challenged by Grace's innocence just long enough to take it away . . . Plissner shifts the viewpoint from character to character . . . [which] does add to a multidimensional portrait of teen pregnancy." --Booklist

"Sadly, I think this story is more realistic than we'd ever like to admit to ourselves. The 'good girl' ends up in a 'bad situation,' and she is made to choose between her family and her own morals. I think there are a lot of different takeaways in this book, from the consequences of hasty decisions, to what family is really all about. I definitely enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to my high school students." --For the Love of Reading blog

"Screwed was a charming read . . . I loved the characters and the plot. The bond between Grace and Charlie was adorable, and I thought Helen was great." --The Book Zombie

"I . . . applaud Ms. Plissner for her ability to write this book as a raw look into teenage pregnancy . . . What an incredible up and down story about finding yourself and making your own way." --Community Bookstop

"Screwed was the exact opposite of any teen pregnancy story I've ever read. I empathized with everyone – including Grace's pious parent. Screwed was more than just a motivational read and even had me crying in the very last pages." --The Young Folks

"This was such a good story. From beginning to end I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved how real this felt. Definitely a page turner, you see how much Grace grows as well as the relationships around her." –-Just Us Girls blog

"The characters shone . . . Screwed definitely made me question a lot of my previously-solid opinion on teenage pregnancy and what not, and it has nailed down Laurie Plissner in my list of auto-read authors." --My Library in the Making blog

"I personally feel that Screwed seemed to be a very realistic portrayal of what it would be like to be seventeen and pregnant. Overall, Screwed was a fun but thought-provoking read that would probably be suited to younger young adult readers." --Looking for the Panacea

"I remember thinking that it would never actually happen to me. And I think that is why books like these are important, to show that it can and does happen. The ending is perfect for the book and left me with this feeling of hope and peace . . . Screwed tugs at your heart, and examines teenage pregnancy with a fresh voice." --Blkosiner's Book Blog

"A well-written story, it never preaches toward or against either side of the abortion question. If anything, it helps to show how when an unwanted pregnancy hits close to home, it may change the debate completely." --Ink and Page blog

"I loved this book! I really liked how there were little vignettes on the more major characters. The characters were wonderful; flawed, rich, full of life. Great writing that sped along keeping me turning the pages." --YA Literature Lover

"A very real, very raw, very emotional read . . . The author's talent for creating real characters and realistic situations is showcased wonderfully and will draw you in from first page to last. It shines a light on the reality of the situation and the life altering consequences it brings...but also lends an assurance that things WILL be alright in the end." --Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Merit Press (May 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440557101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440557101
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,572,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Rogers ClarkIV on December 7, 2014
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How do you cope when your parents see you as an object of perfection and all their energy is focused on keeping you that way: Good grades, lots of activities, getting into the perfect college, not dating because you're too perfect for most of the trash you go to high school with, no allowance to keep you away from temptation. Top it off with there never having been any discussion about the facts of life and you have the perfect storm of disaster waiting to happen. This is Grace, age 17. Her parents are professionals and her mother leads the chastity group for teens at church. On July 2nd, on their third date, Grace lost her restraint and her virginity to super popular Nick. Even though they used a condom, she's pregnant and scared out of her mind. Who can she tell? When she tells Jennifer, her best friend, who has scared off every guy who ever looked at her because she has no filter between her brain and mouth, she's told that there are two options. Hit up Nick for the money to get an abortion, or come clean with her parents.
Easier said than done. After confronting Nick while he's high and playing touchy-feely with another girl at a local beach, Grace realizes how much of an idiot she was to let him do what he did. Still, she realizes that it took two to create the child growing inside her. When she breaks down and tells her parents, the reaction is swift and frightening. Her father acts like she no longer exists and her mother takes her to a clinic in another state where Grace is expected to have a D&C to end the family embarrassment. However, when she imagines herself years in the future, Grace realizes that she'll regret this forced decision if she goes through with it.
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Grace is a smart talented girl who never imagined she'd fall for the wrong guy and end up pregnant. She never thought her Strict Christian parents would want her to get an abortion or kick her out of the house when she refused. And she never thought a kindly neighbor would take her in and change her life for the better.

This book could have been a really good book. Unfortunately it could have been but wasn't. I found the book itself unrealistic. While I have met her parents and are believable. All the other characters seemed fake and forced. Grace was stiff and a little annoying. Charlie to perfect. The popular boy that got her pregnant, was forced and somebody I almost felt sorry for. Her best friend Jennifer was the only believable and likeable person in the book. She was snarky, funny, and loyal to fault. I found the story tells girls that it's okay to let down your guard to that guy that's wants in her pants, that someone will be there to pick her up when she screws up and falls. I feel like it glamourized teen pregnancy, and made her parents the bad guys. While I didn't agree with the way they handled things, I think as a parent you see how they over reacted so quickly...they felt like the were losing there perfect little girl. So this book gets two stars... because it needs major work.
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{My Thoughts} – The perfect description of Grace is best left to the one her best friend Jennifer says near the end of the book. “You were every parent’s wet dream…up until the moment you weren’t. You’re beautiful, you’re a ------- genius, you have perfect manners, excellent taste in shoes, and you help old people cross the street. Until you blacked out and let Private Prick plant his flag in your brave new world, you were like the Hope Diamond.” This is a description she uses when trying to tell Grace that she is more then she thinks she is and that what her parents think about her is truly not important that this point in her life.

The thing is that it does matter what your family and your parents think about you in situations like this. Grace was 17 and pregnant. She used protection, she had sex, and then a baby was made. It’s not that she was trying to make a baby, which I am aware many teenagers do, but she was just trying to be like all the other kids in her school. She was hyped up on that fact that a good looking guy liked her, that someone was paying attention to someone like her – a geek, a girl more interested in grades and staying a virgin, then going out partying and dating.

The boy that got her virginity would be Nick and in all aspects of the book he stays true to himself, his attitude doesn’t change and he still thinks he is better then his errors. Although, I don’t consider him getting a girl pregnant much of an error since he had been sleeping around so much, its amazing it only happened once and there weren’t other mini-Nicks out there. Enough about him though, I didn’t care for him one bit.

Grace gets pregnant at 17. She has the baby shortly before her 18th birthday. I can relate.
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What can be worse than finding out you're pregnant at seventeen from your very first encounter with a boy? Being completely disowned by your parents for disgracing the family name makes the burden of pregnancy even more difficult to bear.

Aptly named Grace showed courage under fire when the hypocritical mean-girls took special delight in taunting the honor student who fell from her pedestal. Only her friend Jennifer proves to be her rock.

Fortunately Grace is taken in by her neighbor who becomes more of a family than the parents who kicked her to the curb. Even though baby-daddy Nick proved to be a complete fool, Grace does learn to love again, real love not infatuation, when she meets Charlie.

SCREWED would be a perfect novel for classes to read and discuss, especially in life-science activities. This book is a catalyst for thought-provoking debates of choices and consequences.

Laurie Plissner had me both laughing and crying in SCREWED. And if I can make one brief, unsolicited suggestion, Betty White should play Mrs. T in the movie version.

-Lynn Maddalena Menna author of Piece of My Heart
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