Friday, 24 May 2013

Review: Screwed by Laurie Plissner


Title: Screwed
Author: Laurie Plissner
Author Info: Website
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 14th May 2013

Tell Me About It
Flattered by the attentions of Nick, the cutest guy in school, seventeen-year-old Grace Warren, captain of the math team, lets down her guard and gets pregnant the night she loses her virginity. Hopeful that Nick will drop to one knee and propose when she breaks the baby news to him, Grace is heartbroken - Nick wants nothing to do with her. Her best friend, Jennifer, thinks she should get an abortion, but Grace is certain that her morally upright parents will insist that she keep the baby. After she comes clean to her super-religious, strait-laced parents, they surprise her by insisting that she terminate the pregnancy to avoid humiliating the family. But when she sees the fetus on the ultrasound, she decides she can't get rid of it. Deciding to save the tiny life growing inside of her, Grace must face the consequences of being that girl - the good girl who got knocked up.

My Thoughts
I first heard about Screwed from an email from the publisher, after reading the synopsis I was intrigued about the book and about what would happen to Grace.
Grace has discovered she is pregnant, she finally gets the courage to tell her very religious parents who are more concerned with their reputation among the  people of church and give Grace an ultimatum  have an abortion, when she refuses they pack up her stuff and throw her out the house.  Thankfully a neighbour across the street offers to take Grace into her home.

I will be honest and admit that the first half of Screwed was hard for me to read, I couldn't relate to the characters or feel any kind of emotion for them, I even contemplated putting Screwed down as a DNF. But at some point the tide turned and I found myself wanting to know what happens with Grace, does Nick get what he deserves, what will happen between Grace and Charlie.

Have you ever read a book where certain characters really get on your last nerve, well Nick, the father of baby is one of these.  He is an obnoxious, self obsessed, arrogant excuse of a boy who acts like a tool.  All he was concerned about was himself and how it would look on him with Grace being pregnant.  Yes I understand the pregnancy wasn't planned by either of these too, but it's not him that has to deal with the stigma of being pregnant and  un-married.  He was 50% responsible for this and he needed to grow a pair and man up no matter what Grace wanted to do.

I adored Charlie, I love how he is there for Grace even though she is practically a stranger. I love his mannerisms, how he acts towards her, and even more importantly for telling Nick what he thought about him, with words and actions.  He is the ray of sunshine in Grace's life and although she has her friend Jennifer offering words of advice and sarcasm he seems to ground her and give her the belief back in herself.

Jennifer alone is a stand out character, she has lots of words of wisdom for Grace, as well as some helpful suggestions about what to do with Nick.  She is the one friend that sticks with Grace throughout her pregnancy and is a true best friend.

Grace was tough and didn't cave to her parents pressure, and for this act alone she has made it into my list of top females from books.  She is strong for herself and her baby, and makes some tough decisions from the moment she finds out about her pregnancy and even months afterwards.

Overall I would say Screwed was a good read after I got past the first half of it and while I still wouldn't say I was emotionally invested in the characters I was curious about what happened with them.

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