Okay, so confession time, maybe ... a little bit ... I'm not exactly thrilled when it comes to ya books that involve young girls pregnant, but I did really end up enjoying this book a great deal. The emotion that J. Anderson manage to evoke through the story told, was simply amazing. I was wholely impressed with how she tackled such a sensitive subject matter and felt myself sympathizing with Maggie almost the entire time she was trying to decide what she was going to do.
I'd like to say that I'm all about the freedom to make a choice and to stand by the decision that you've made, but even sometimes the situation may seem a bit less black and white than most. Fortunately, J.Anderson has a wonderful understanding of that and has written Maggie in such a relatable way, with an intelligent sense of self.
Overall, this book was filled with some truly fantastic character development, wonderfully intriguing characters who will manage to tug at heart strings (Evan, in particular), and a realistically honest and raw look at what options and choices are out there for most girls facing the situation that Maggie finds herself in. It is such an incredibly touching story that I personally don't think anyone should miss out on and I would definitely suggest giving it a read.
While Maggie wrestles with her options, Justin offers a solution: abortion. It would solve all her problems quickly, easily, and effectively. And her parents would never know, which means they won’t throw her out and cut her off like they’d always threatened if she got herself knocked up. Now Maggie must decide which choice she can live with: abortion or teenage motherhood. Either way, it’ll be a tough road to travel.
Jessie Andersen lives in a small town in Western New York with her husband and three kids. A former English teacher, she now spends her time writing while the kids are at school and the baby is sleeping. She volunteers at the local library and sings in the church band. You can find information about her books at jandersenbooks.com, and you can follow her blogs at Therabidwriter.blogspot (Personal blog) and Readbetweenthelinesbookclub.blogspot.com (Book blog).