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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Review: In Trouble

Title: In Trouble
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Author: Ellen Levine
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Release Date: September 28, 2011
Book: Netgalley
"Jamie and Elaine have been best friends forever, and now they’re finally juniors in high school. Elaine has a steady boyfriend, and Jamie could have one—if she'd just open her eyes and see Paul. But Jamie has a bigger problem to worry about.
Then Elaine gets "in trouble"—something they thought only happened to "other" girls. Are there any good choices for a girl in trouble?

In Trouble is a novel born of author Ellen Levine’s interviews with women who came of age in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including those who knew what it was like to be a teen facing a horrible choice.

In the decades before Roe v. Wade, a young woman "in trouble" had very few options—and all of them meant shame, isolation, and maybe much worse.

Jamie and Elaine's stories are just two among the thousands of stories of teenagers facing unplanned pregnancies."

This is a great book about getting "in trouble". I remember the days were times were like this. My mom freak out one time cause when I was in eighth grade back in 1998-99 school year, a girl in my class got pregnant. My mom flipped out, questioning me about "boys." Granted, my mom was only doing what she felt she needed to be done. But back then, teen pregnancies were not that common. And getting "in trouble" was wrong. 

I will say that I really enjoyed this book. I think the author did a wonderful job on capturing the essence of the time period and what it was like for a young girl to get in trouble like that. This book reminded me of the movie Riding in Cars with Boys, but with slightly more drama. This book deals with the issues of abortion, adoption, and of course keeping the baby.  I love that the author gave different point of views in dealing with getting in trouble. 

I think that this book can be very controversial. I know for every girl it is a different situation.Some are forced into it, while others have no other choice. And just like this book, each girl has to do what is right for her.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I think this is important. You would be surprised at the ages of these girls! I would love to see this honestly talked about more especially with the girls of pre-teen and teen ages.


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