Trouble – Non Pratt

Synopsis

In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”

Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.

Review

This book was freaking funny!! …And then it made me start to cry! Why, book, why?!

I came for a light, funny read, and there turned out to be a lot of baggage. I thought the father was as Katie expected at first, but sometime around the movies, I figured it out.

I really thought that Katie would come around, but I guess not. People can really surprise you.

I also thought that Chris’s parents would have been more understanding. I feel like a lot of Aaron’s subplot was left hanging. What about Penny? Why did everyone assume the worst of this guy with his best friend? A lot was left unanswered.

Also, I understand Hannah’s perspective about being lonely/alone. I get how grateful she is to Aaron. But I somewhat sympathize with the father, too. He’s not leaving forever. But wouldn’t he be able to support the baby better with a university education? Why is that so outrageous when he wants to come BACK and do the right thing?

Also, that baby name is a little bit strange. Something like “Erin” might have worked better.

Related Reading

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  • How to Love – Katie Cotugno
  • A Midsummer’s Nightmare – Kody Keplinger
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick

Rating: 5/5

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