A thought-provoking and courageous new novel by National Book Award winner Han Nolan. Nobody gets away with telling Eleanor Crowe what to do. But as a pregnant sixteenyear-old, her options are limited: move to Kenya with her missionary parents or marry the baby's father and work at his family's summer camp for overweight kids. Despite her initial reluctance to help out, Elly is surprised that she actually enjoys working with the campers. But a tragedy on the very day her baby is born starts a series of events that overwhelms Elly with unexpected emotions and difficult choices. Somehow, she must turn her usual obstinance in a direction that can ensure a future for herself--and for the new life she has created.
- Hardback | 340 pages
- 147 x 213 x 30mm | 476g
- 20 Sep 2011
- HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- Boston, MA, United States
"Readers will love Eleanor's openness and admire her strength in dealing with hard choices and unexpected disasters."--"Publishers Weekly" "As revealed in her first-person narration, Elly is passionate, smart-mouthed, rebellious and completely endearing. Secondary characters are similarly well-crafted, refusing to fit into stereotypes. Readers may feel like laughing, crying and grinding their teeth in frustration, but they will always feel like they are in the experienced hands of a master storyteller."--"Kirkus Reviews," "starred review" "National Book Award finalist Nolan has written a multilayered character study of Elly, a young woman angry at the adults in her life but enormously resourceful and capable of love. The issues she faces--teen pregnancy, immature boyfriends, bewildered and angry parents, whether to keep the baby, and even the problems of overweight campers--all have their origins in grief and control. How Elly plows through this complex morass both before and after the
About Han Nolan
Han Nolan is the author of the National Book Award-winning "Dancing on the Edge," the National Book Award finalist "Send Me Down a Miracle," and numerous other acclaimed novels for teen readers. She and her husband live on the East Coast.
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Pregnant Pause will take you on an emotional roller-coaster and a journey of discovery and growth for the main character Ely. This is a different spin on teen pregnancy, and I like the other themes that are woven in like friendship, forgiveness, self-esteem and taking (or not) responsibility under high pressure situations. The characters are rich and really make this book, from Banner the whiny camper, to Lam the teeter totter husband, to Ziggy the one who confuses us even more, the in laws with their quirks and her parents with their naiviety, and we can't forget the Old Bat. :) Many things surprised me about the way the story went, and it's really stuck with me. So yes, you will get some of what you expect and a lot that you don't. a It took me a while to understand and connect with Ely, at first I just wanted to smack some sense into her, but as we find out reasons behind her troubles, and as she grows into herself, she really is an admirable character that I learned from. I really recommend this, but I would put a mature teen label on it for some language, drug reference, sex and tough issues.show moreby Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)