by Caela Carter
Published by Bloomsbury Release date : February 26th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover
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"ME is Evelyn Jones, 16, a valedictorian hopeful who's been playing bad girl to piss off THEM, her cold, distant parents. HIM is Todd, Evelyn's secret un-boyfriend, who she thought she was just using for sex - until she accidentally fell in love with him. But before Evelyn gets a chance to tell Todd how she feels, something much more important comes up. IT. IT is a fetus. Evelyn is pregnant - and when Todd turns his back on her, Evelyn has no idea who to turn to. Can a cheating father, a stiff, cold mother, a pissed-off BFF, and a (thankfully!) loving aunt with adopted girls of her own help Evelyn make the heart-wrenching decisions that follow?"
I have so many thoughts on this book, I can’t even SEE straight. I generally go with my gut and my gut told me to STAY THE HELL AWAY. I didn’t. But I had added this for my YA contemporary challenge. I am trying my hardest not to let my personal feelings get in the way. Which isn’t working all that well.
I’ll start off by saying this–
ANYTIME an author can write a character that moves you, either by dislike, like or love, they’re good. If you are invested enough to have an opinion, let alone have you so riled up you can’t see, then they must be going something right, right? So, I’ll start there. Carter does an amazing job of creating a realistic situation. Evie is a selfish and naive girl, who has to face life altering decisions at a young age. Since the book is over the course of her pregnancy, I thought the pacing was strong and I actually liked the times when we would see Evie BEFORE she as pregnant.
I was WHOLE HEARTILY invested in the story but for not the reason you’d think. I had this.. hope that Evie would redeem herself; would grow, step up and make these tough decisions with confidence and pride for HERSELF. I was wrong. Let me explain…
Evie has always been a good girl. Sweet, good grades the whole shebang. Due to some family troubles, she takes a turn and changes completely into this bad girl image– for attention. Drinking, parting, sex, drugs. What she didn’t plan on what IT.
*Spoilers and rant ahead
First off. Someone punch this girl in the face.
Simply put- Evie is a bitch. I was sympathetic at first. Her family was tearing apart and she just wanted some attention. FINE. Then, she finds out she is pregnant. Which is tough business, especially if you’re a teen. Having to deal with telling your parents, what happens next and the kicker question; what do I do? I honestly think that if she wasn’t so damn naive and selfish I would have held that sympathy longer. Do most teenagers really think this way? Maybe this was why I was so riled up. Her inner monologue disgusted me and pissed me off something fierce.
After moving to her aunts, because well, she wanted to HIDE the pregnancy, she falls into this almost depression and blames her parents for “sending her away”. Ooookay. Isn’t this what you wanted? The CONSTANT back and forth on her decision was frustrating. She would make one, then change her mind a few weeks later. I get it, this is life altering stuff. But she wasn’t the only person involved. She had so many people surrounding her that were willing to help and she pushed them away. Then has the audacity to tell her aunts to “Take Care of It”. Um, what?
Also, she was WAY to hung up on her parents relationship. Maybe this was because she would focus and THEM to take her focus off her own responsibilities?
After jumping into her decision, it wasn’t long after she regrets it and attempts to change her mind. I.FELT.NO.SYMPATHY. I don’t know WHY but I just didn’t care that she was all kinds of torn up. And don’t get me started on this winner of a fella. She sure fell in “love” with an ASS.HOLE.
[..] “I just can’t...”
Well, you should have thought about that before… idiot.
I loved all the supports characters though. Her mom was a class A snob- but she was going to support her and help her. Her aunts. They were awesome in helping out Evie with her pregnancy and those tough decisions she had to make.
My heart did soften a little at the end.
Overall- This was well written book. I see the situation in some aspects as being realistic..but..no. Just no. It didn’t hit a nerve it struck it. Can I recommend it? No, not really. But I’ve said it before, I can’t/won’t dissuade you either. High Five for movable writing..
*This book was read towards by goal for the YA Contemporary Reading Challenge hosted by Katie @ Katies Book Blog