2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Thursday, 3 April 2014

REVIEW: Trouble - Non Pratt

Thursday, 3 April 2014

GENRE: Contemporary/Issues
PUBLISHER: Walker Books
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY ITWaterstones
RATING: 4 Stars

This review refers to an uncorrected advance edition.

A boy. A girl. A bump. Trouble. This is a smart, touching, funny novel from an extraordinary new talent. Hannah's smart and funny...she's also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is new at school and doesn't want to attract attention. So why does he offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah's unborn baby? Growing up can be trouble but that's how you find out what really matters. This is the lead title for spring 2014. This is an astounding novel from an exciting new YA voice.

I really enjoyed this book, I loved how both Hannah and Aaron's stories are so totally different yet it brought them together as friends. It was an interesting take on a teen pregnancy tale, it really highlighted how nowadays a girl could be completely condemned through cyber-bullying but Hannah was a strong enough person to rise above it and focus on what she knew was important - her baby. It was refreshing that the tale, whilst it obviously was about teen pregnancy was also about friendship, betrayal, trust and love, all the things you start to experience as a high school student, which made it very relatable. I enjoyed seeing Hannah's true personality come out as she got to know Aaron more, and at the same time, she drew his darkness out of him. 

The only thing I would've liked to be different is to add an epilogue on, to see how everyone was doing a year down the line...especially Rex (is he gay?!) and Katie (god what a cow! But overall I would definitely recommend this book to customers as it is funny, brave, honest, observant and full of things teenagers will be thinking and feeling. For readers over the age of 14+ as there is a fair bit of swearing in it.

- Gem.

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