Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.
Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.
Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.
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I picked this book up on a whim and I’m so glad I did because it was a really fast read and the first scene got me hooked already. At first glance, the synopsis might have thrown me off a little because it somehow presents a lot of cliche tropes but in all honesty, there’s so much more to the story.
This book tackled issues such as pregnancy, religion, and abortion. Tori Rigby sure knows what she’s doing because she handled the issues pretty well. I love her take on these and the way she perfectly captured emotions and struggles of teenagers placed in situations like Andi.
Because being with you doesn’t just make me happy—it makes me want to make you happy.
Another thing I loved about the book is family relationships. Andi had a healthy relationship with her mom, given the ups and downs she had throughout the story. Same goes with her friend Jill and her parents. Neil, had the opposite but I quite like how his story went. I also think that the characters were given enough exposure as the story progressed, which made them stand out.
Since we’re on the topic of characters, Andi has a very interesting personality. She’s pretty smart and she’s also the captain of the cheerleading team, but since the news of her being pregnant broke, her dreams and aspirations for herself were put to a halt once everyone in her school bullied and judged her. What I really loved about her is her will and she’s headstrong, which made her character arc really amazing.
People say during traumatic events, time moves slowly. In reality, time stands still, and, all of a sudden, weeks have gone by and you can’t remember how you got there.
Neil Donaghue was somehow described as a resident bad-boy but I never saw that side of him in the story. He’s donned the reputation for a good reason, but all I saw in him was kindness and humor. I love his sense of humor so much. Also, he’s really swoonworthy! <3
The only issue I had with the book was that there were times in which it seemed like Andi keeps on hitting that double whammy button. I think her struggles might have been exaggerated a bit, but what do I know? There might actually be someone who could identify with Andi and her whole situation. But all of these aside, I guess it helped the plot too.
Overall, this book was such a surprise for me. It has love, friendship, and complex issues which I can say that it’s the whole package. I do recommend this book, especially if you’re looking for something heartfelt yet happy at the same time.