Sunday, April 21, 2013

Screwed by Laurie Plissner: A Review

Grace was the girl who always did everything right, until the night she fell for a boy's sleazy line and became pregnant. Nick couldn't care less about pretty math-geek Grace or the baby he fathered. He's had a dozen girls like her, and he'll have a dozen more. When Grace confesses to her super-religious, strait-laced parents, they deliver a shocker: They've scheduled an abortion. All they want is to pretend this never happened.

When Grace balks, they literally throw her out in the street. A rich, elderly neighbor takes her in, and, with the help of the friendship she needs in Charlie, the old woman's great-nephew, she must make the toughest choice of her young life. The people she believed in were only playing a role, while others, in an unlikely way, are true heroes.

Grace can never have the life she planned, but she has one chance to be the person she will have to live with for the rest of her life. Her choice will cost her, big time, either way--and no one can make it except her.

~ARC from Netgalley~

Grace is a smart talented girl who never imagined she'd fall for the wrong guy and end up pregnant. She never thought her Strict Christian parents would want her to get an abortion or kick her out of the house when she refused. And she never thought a kindly neighbor would take her in and change her life for the better.

This book could have been a really good book. Unfortunately it could have been but wasn't. I found the book itself unrealistic. While I have met her parents and they are believable. All the other characters seemed fake and forced. Grace was stiff and a little annoying. Charlie to perfect. The popular boy that got her pregnant, was forced and somebody I almost felt sorry for. Her best friend Jennifer was the only believable and likeable person in the book. She was snarky, funny, and loyal to fault. I found the story tells girls that it's okay to let down your guard to that guy that's wants in her pants, that someone will be there to pick her up when she screws up and falls. I feel like it glamourized teen pregnancy, and made her parents the bad guys. While I didn't agree with the way they handled things, I think as a parent you see how they over reacted so quickly...they felt like the were losing there perfect little girl. So this book gets two stars... because it needs major work.


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