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Monday, February 14, 2011

My Thoughts: Plan B by Charnan

Is this happily ever after? Lucy has her life planned out: she'll graduate and then join her boyfriend, Luke, at college in Austin. She'll become a Spanish teacher and of course they'll get married. So there's no reason to wait, right? They try to be careful. But then Lucy gets pregnant. Now, none of Lucy's options are part of her picture-perfect plan. Together, she and Luke will have to make the most difficult decision of their lives.
-Received through netGalley.

Recently I have become really interested in books that involve teen pregnancy especially after reading Amy Efaw’s book After. Teen Pregnancy has become a huge phenomena in the last several years and with shows like 16 and Pregnant and The Secret Life of The American Teenager which seem to be glorifying teenaged parenting, and giving kids the idea that perhaps parenting at 16 wouldn’t be so hard.

I recently had the opportunity to read Plan B by Charnan Simon, a story that talks about teen pregnancy and the confusing life changing decisions that come with the realisation that there is a person who is depending on you to make the right decisions. Plan B talked about the ramifications of teen pregnancy can have on your life, and your plans.

I liked this novel. I liked that it talked about the consequences that Lucy had to deal with, I liked the reality of her having to face this alone (although Luke her boyfriend came around in the end and made some very unrealistic decisions, but this is a novel and it needs a happy ending right?). I liked how it talked about adoption being an option. Adoption is not often an option that is considered. I liked how the author was able to show the genuine fear and confusion both teens were feeling at the time.

The one complaint I have about this book is that it was too short, only 100 pages, which is terribly short for such a heavy subject. But it was very well written and I read it in an hour. So for teens this may be perfect. A quick read with a valuable lesson.

Happy Reading Everyone!


  1. Wow! It does sound very short! But it's quite interesting. Thanks for the review :D

  2. This sounds interesting. What a difficult subject that has sort of been glamorized...


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