*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.*
I was interested in reading this book when I saw that it was all about a college girl who found out she was pregnant. Add to that the fact that Ava really loved this book, and I knew I had to take a chance and read it. I’m glad that I did, because I liked it overall.
As a main character, Laurel was interesting. I got annoyed with how she didn’t tell everyone that she was pregnant until she had to, and sometimes she treated people a bit poorly. However, she was a sympathetic character, and definitely relatable. I liked how Laurel was smart, and that she tried to do the best she could do for her daughter after accepting the fact that she was going to have a baby.
There weren’t all that many side characters in this novel that the reader got to know. I liked Mike, because he seemed like a great guy, and a wonderful friend to have. I started to like Audrey as well, and I’m thinking that the friendship between Laurel and Audrey will strengthen if there is a sequel. Laurel’s dad turned out differently than I thought, and I found that I ended up changing my view of him by the time the story ended.
The plot of this story was really interesting. It’s definitely a good book for the New Adult genre, because it’s about a girl trying to cope with being in college and pregnant. I really appreciated how realistic the story was, with all the doctor’s appointments and consequences. I found that I couldn’t stop reading, and that I had to know what happened next.
Overall, I really liked this book. It had a sympathetic and relatable main character, even if she did some pretty questionable things at times. There were real issues and themes in this story, and I appreciated the lack of romance. I found that this book was very refreshing, as far as the New Adult genre goes. My only real complaint about the story is the abruptness of the ending, but it didn’t detract from the enjoyment I had of the story. I definitely recommend this to any reader of New Adult looking for something a bit different.
Christine Duval is an author and freelance writer who lives in New Jersey with her guitar-playing husband and two children. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, New Jersey's Women Who Write, and the Authors Guild. When not creating fictional characters, she writes for an upscale real estate company and has overseen online content and social media for several well-known magazines.