Welcome to Topics Time, where I give you a few recommendations based on a particular topic for the week, including new releases and some older backlisted books you can find for cheap or at your library if you're on a budget. This week's discussion? Teenage Pregnancy!
I'll be the first to admit, this is actually a topic that may make me put a book back on the shelf (gasp!). I'm not entirely sure why, but it's always seemed like a topic that I just don't want to read about. But, I have found some that steer clear of the stereotypes (that seem to exist in my head of how those books normally go), and these are definitely eye-catchers for interesting and unique stories.
1. Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
Teen mothers plus spaceships and aliens? Yes, I am completely serious. Not only do I LOVE having this gorgeous book on my shelves (the cover is so bright, I am in love with all of it), it's without a doubt one of the weirdest plots in a book ever—in the coolest possible way. Elvie is a teen who accidentally gets pregnant and shipped off to a special school for pregnant young women aboard a spaceship. Yep. That's the plot. And then there are extraterrestrial beings trying to take over the ship and steal the unborn babies. How could you NOT want to read this?
2. Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia
I don't know if I ever really looked at this one when I first received it for review, but after seeing a ton of good feedback, I finally picked it up and ended up loving this. I've got a review of this one, and it was such a pleasantly surprising book. It follows a girl named Lemon (coolest name ever, by the way), and she finds out she's pregnant—the kicker is the father? He's a guy her mom has been flirting with. There's also a road trip with her best friend involved, and her best friend is one of the coolest characters I've read about in a while. It's a great book about growing up, dealing with family, and friendships made to last.
3. The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski
I also reviewed this one a while back, and wow, did it take me by surprise. It follows the young boy, the father, instead of the mother, which is such an interesting perspective. She's planning on giving the baby up for adoption, but right after the child is born, our MC goes to visit and impromptu-ly kidnaps the baby and names him Socrates, beginning the road trip/car chase of a lifetime. It's full of funny/insightful/weird philosophical questions and wonderings, and it's truly hilarious moments on Jack's insane road trip.
4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
I read this in high school when it first came out, and I remember being shocked by this book. My friends and I all passed a copy around, and we could not get enough. Hopkins' books are all written in verse (so the 600 pages actually fly by, since there's only a few stanzas on each page), and they are emotionally captivating, honest, and draining. This particular series follows a young girl and her battle with crystal meth, and other things crop up like her outgoing, outlandish alter-ego, dangerous boys, and the pregnancy that follows.
And there is a reason one of Hopkins' books is on the list! As I was cleaning my shelf, I discovered a long-forgotten extra ARC of Ellen Hopkins' Tricks, and I want to give it away to one of you! It's US only (sorry, I'm poor), and just fill out the rafflecopter below!