By Han Nolan
Date Published: September 20, 2011 By Harcourt Children's Books
Page Numbers: 340 pages
Cover Love: I didn't know the significance of this cover, but now that I do, since I've read it. Its wonderful. It is. I love the way the words are spelled out on the necklace though.
Summary: A thought-provoking and courageous new novel by National Book Award winner Han Nolan. Nobody gets away with telling Eleanor Crowe what to do. But as a pregnant sixteen year-old, her options are limited: move to Kenya with her missionary parents or marry the baby’s father and work at his family’s summer camp for overweight kids. Despite her initial reluctance to help out, Elly is surprised that she actually enjoys working with the campers. But a tragedy on the very day her baby is born starts a series of events that overwhelms Elly with unexpected emotions and difficult choices. Somehow, she must turn her usual obstinance in a direction that can ensure a future for herself—and for the new life she has created.
My Thoughts: I reaaaalllly didn't think much of this book at first, I really didn't, but it blew my mind how much I enjoyed it. Pregnant Pause is one of those books I'll keep in my mind for a long time, not only because this book deals with heavy issues, like Teen Pregnancy and Drug Usage, Suicide and such, but because it deals with stuff in a realistic way. Every issue that's thrown towards Elly isn't dealt with perfectly, its doesn't end magical and happy at the end as you'd expect it.
Elly is a horrible character, she's mean and a brat, and when I say horrible character, I mean if she were real and I knew her we would not be friends. And it took me a while, but in the middle of the book I grew on her. Like an annoying little sister, Elly grew on me. The way she stood up for what she wanted and believed in no matter who told her no was beautiful. It was, I don't know how I would've reacted it I were in her situation. Elly acted so imperfectly and so drastically horrible, it was....perfect. I loved her growth throughout the book as well, it was evident and it was amazing. Elly, you rock. Even though you aren't real.
On to characters, Ziggy. I liked you, but you turned on me. YOU TURNED. SO A BIG, BIG FUCK YOU. I knew it was coming, I knew he was going to mess up and he did. Lam is Elly's husband and I really liked his character, but he was a big jerk face. I could see he loved her even if he didn't directly say it. His parents are horrible as well, they gave up on Elly and so did her sister. So did her parents. This book shows that people change in the blink of an eye and you have to be prepared for that.
So I must tell you, this is absolutely the best book I've read this year. It made me laugh, it made me cry, Pregnant Pause made me think about a lot of things. And please, please, read this book and tell me if you liked it. Tell your family, tell your friends. TELL EVERYONE ABOUT THIS BOOK.
Oh and, finals have come upon me, so this week I have not been posting much and I probably won't post much because of my finals. Wish me luck, I'm going to be studying my ass off.