Fabulous book to discuss with your middle schooler
I read this book to decide if I was going to use it for this year's Global Read Aloud in my 8th grade Enrichment classroom. I was prepared to choose another title just because the main character was a teenage father; I'm so glad I read it for myself. It is not a book with a fluffy HOA, but will certainly lead to thoughtful discussions. This book is about love, relationships, and consequences. It is also about being understanding of those who have made mistakes, and helping them overcome them. Other reviewers have mentioned the domestic violence, but by the age of the intended reader, whether it's part of their life or someone's they know, it won't be a surprise. Finally, there is no graphic sex. In fact, some less-savvy readers might miss when, exactly, the pregnancy occurred. I am a cautious parent and teacher, and I am looking forward to the discussions I can lead and have with my students (and daughter) as we read this novel together.
This title contains:
Positive role models