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Teen Book Review

Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan

Rating 4

Reviewed by Fairen, Spencer TAB

"Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Crowe has a mind of her own, a husband, and a baby on the way; great combination, right? To make matters worse, Lam, her husband is a natural trouble maker with plenty of excuses and she has both her in-laws and her sister fighting to get her baby when she hasn’t even decided whether she wants it or not. Too stay married or not to stay married, to keep the baby or to give it away (and to whom), these are all the questions Eleanor has to answer before giving birth. But just as things couldn’t get any worse, there are some tragically unexpected situations that changes her entire predicament. “Pregnant Pause” shines a bright light on the realities of a pregnant girl with an immature husband, a troubling family, and the importance of life.

First off, let me say that I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely NOT unrealistic under any extremes; Eleanor’s life was neither completely terrible nor was it all peachy keen. “Pregnant Pause” made me think “what would I do if I were in (xyz) situation. The story allowed for predictions to be made but most of mine were way off.
You know that feeling you get at the last few pages of a book, knowing that it could only mean everything would end perfectly? Well, that didn’t happen here; the birth of her baby was not the end of the story. I repeat, THE BIRTH OF HER BABY WAS NOT THE END OF THE STORY; which goes back to the point I made about not being unrealistic.
 Also, since this was from Eleanor’s point of view, her dialogue clearly reflected what she thought of other people.
I would rate “Pregnant Pause” a four and a half (4 1/2) out of five stars simply because drugs and alcohol were apart it. However, I do not feel that it took away from the story or encouraged drugs or alcohol. "

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