Thursday, 25 June 2015

Early Review: The Baby by Lisa Drakeford

Title: The Baby
Author: Lisa Drakeford
Author Info: Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Chicken House Books
Publication Date: 2nd July 2015
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
When Olivia opens the bathroom door, the last thing she expects to see is her best friend Nicola giving birth on the floor – and to say Nicola is surprised is an understatement. She’s not ready to be a mum, and she needs Olivia’s help. But Olivia has her own problems – specifically her bullying boyfriend, Jonty, and keeping an eye on younger sister Alice. And then there’s Nicola’s friend Ben, who’s struggling with secrets of his own …
My Thoughts
When I first heard about The Baby I knew it was something I wanted to read and once it arrived I made short work of it. The Baby is told in multiple points of view, but instead of taking turns, each character gets thier own chapter to explain thier story with thier own month. Olivia in February, Nicola in March, Alice (Olivia's younger sister) in April , Jonty in May, and Ben in June.

The Baby begins with a party, and a very unexpected arrival of a baby. Everyone is shocked and surprised at this arrival, including the baby's Dad. We see this all from Olivia's point of view as she deals with the fact that her best friend is now a Mum and how she ended up pregnant, but also his worries about her sister, and her unhappy relationship with Jonty. Nicola's point of view shows us how she is dealing with being a single parent, with no father initially on the scene, and her best friend M.I.A. Alice's point of view was the one that made me more emotional. I felt sorry for her in how she is picked on in school, how she doesn't really have any friends. But I love how she sees life, how it's all black and white with no gray area Jonty shows us his background, why he is so volatile towards Olivia, and his thoughts on Nicola's pregnancy. With Ben we get to share his fears and his dreams, and his new crush.

The Baby is more than about pregnancy, its about friendship, family, and believing in yourself, having the confidence that you can do anything, from raising a baby, or asking someone out. I like how The Baby is told from multiple points of view and how we see teenagers deal with their own issues and problems. Lisa has done a good job in making these problems accessible and real for others to relate to.

Final Verdict
The Baby is a book that would be great for teenagers looking for a little comfort in a character that is like them. It's simple but effective and makes you look at all of the angles, instead of just focusing on one problem.

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