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What Kind of Love? The Diary of a Pregnant Teenager Paperback – May 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Presented as entries in a diary, this novel describes the experiences of a pregnant 15-year-old. Despite its solid facts and down-to-earth details, "the unswerving, didactic agenda prevents the novel from becoming as intensely personal as many works on the subject," said PW. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Solid, truthful writing about a teenager wrestling with the greatest of dilemas" -- --Bulletin of the Center fot Children's Books
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So what makes this book any different from the many other YA Novels that focus on teen pregnancy? Raw honesty. Not all parents are supportive when they find out their teenage daughter is pregnant - Valerie's are not. At first Valerie is full of hope for that 'perfect family' she could have with Peter and their child. The moment Peter is sent away Valerie starts to question her reasons for wanting to keep her own child.
Sheila Cole creates an honest and touching story of the many emotional 'adventures' teen go through when pregnant and alone while growing up too fast and trying to stay young. By using a 'dairy' format, Cole allows you to see into our characters' feelings and thoughts that otherwise would not have been possible. I personally was affected by Valerie's story, moved with compassion for her, understanding yet at the same time frustration at her naiveness about her situation. All of the emotions that make this a fantastic read!
I'm not 15 any longer and my children are getting bigger everyday. My oldest that was in my belly at that time is turning 18 and graduating from high school. It hasn't been an easy road and I do not promote teen pregnancy, but I remember all to clearly what it felt like.
To feel lost, hopeless, have your dreams shattered, to have to grow up faster and make choices no one your age was having to make. To feel alienated and closed off from the people you thought were your friends and people that are related to you who you thought would be your rock. I've been homeless with a baby with no where to turn, given the option for adoption.
18 years later, I feel I battled, but I made the right choices for myself and my son. The best choices I thought I could make to keep is together and now I have 4 sons. This book was a reminder of all that and I can't say that it didn't make me cry, rage and feel everything that was going on.
~Marissa's BMS Literary Corner~