Screwed

Screwed

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Flattered by the attentions of Nick, the cutest guy in school, seventeen-year-old Grace Warren, captain of the math team, lets down her guard and gets pregnant the night she loses her virginity. Hopeful that Nick will drop to one knee and propose when she breaks the baby news to him, Grace is heartbroken - Nick wants nothing to do with her. Her best friend, Jennifer, thinks she should get an abortion, but Grace is certain that her morally upright parents will insist that she keep the baby. After she comes clean to her super-religious, strait-laced parents, they surprise her by insisting that she terminate the pregnancy to avoid humiliating the family. But when she sees the fetus on the ultrasound, she decides she can't get rid of it. Deciding to save the tiny life growing inside of her, Grace must face the consequences of being that girl - the good girl who got knocked up.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • Adams Media Corporation
  • Merit Press
  • Blue Ash, Ohio, United States
  • English
  • 1440557101
  • 9781440557101
  • 2,223,502

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"Grace has always been a good girl - the pride of her socially prominent parents. Then she is seduced by Nick, a teen Casanova who is challenged by Grace's innocence just long enough to take it away ... Plissner shifts the viewpoint from character to character ... [which] does add to a multidimensional portrait of teen pregnancy." --Booklist "Sadly, I think this story is more realistic than we'd ever like to admit to ourselves. The 'good girl' ends up in a 'bad situation,' and she is made to choose between her family and her own morals. I think there are a lot of different takeaways in this book, from the consequences of hasty decisions, to what family is really all about. I definitely enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to my high school students." --For the Love of Reading blog "Screwed was a charming read ... I loved the characters and the plot. The bond between Grace and Charlie was adorable, and I thought Helen was great." --The Book Zombie "I ... applaud Ms. Plissner for her ability to write this book as a raw look into teenage pregnancy ... What an incredible up and down story about finding yourself and making your own way." --Community Bookstop "Screwed was the exact opposite of any teen pregnancy story I've ever read. I empathized with everyone - including Grace's pious parent. Screwed was more than just a motivational read and even had me crying in the very last pages." --The Young Folks "This was such a good story. From beginning to end I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved how real this felt. Definitely a page turner, you see how much Grace grows as well as the relationships around her." --Just Us Girls blog "The characters shone ... Screwed definitely made me question a lot of my previously-solid opinion on teenage pregnancy and what not, and it has nailed down Laurie Plissner in my list of auto-read authors." --My Library in the Making blog "I personally feel that Screwed seemed to be a very realistic portrayal of what it would be like to be seventeen and pregnant. Overall, Screwed was a fun but thought-provoking read that would probably be suited to younger young adult readers." --Looking for the Panacea "I remember thinking that it would never actually happen to me. And I think that is why books like these are important, to show that it can and does happen. The ending is perfect for the book and left me with this feeling of hope and peace ... Screwed tugs at your heart, and examines teenage pregnancy with a fresh voice." --Blkosiner's Book Blog "A well-written story, it never preaches toward or against either side of the abortion question. If anything, it helps to show how when an unwanted pregnancy hits close to home, it may change the debate completely." --Ink and Page blog "I loved this book! I really liked how there were little vignettes on the more major characters. The characters were wonderful; flawed, rich, full of life. Great writing that sped along keeping me turning the pages." --YA Literature Lover "A very real, very raw, very emotional read ... The author's talent for creating real characters and realistic situations is showcased wonderfully and will draw you in from first page to last. It shines a light on the reality of the situation and the life altering consequences it brings...but also lends an assurance that things WILL be alright in the end." --Satisfaction for Insatiable Readersshow more

About Laurie Plissner

Laurie Plissner graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Art History and has a law degree from UCLA. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.show more

Our customer reviews

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to +W/Adams Media, Merit Press and Netgalley.) 16-year-old Grace made a mistake, and now she's going to pay for it. After sleeping with Nick (the school Casanova) in the back of his truck, she's pregnant, and she doesn't know what to do about it. After telling her parents and getting kicked out of their house, Grace finds herself living with her wealthy, elderly, childless neighbour, who supports Grace during her pregnancy. What does being pregnant mean for Grace though? Will her parents ever speak to her again? And what does the future hold for Grace? This was an enjoyable read, but Grace was incredibly lucky to find herself in such a good position after her parents kicked her out. Grace was a normal teen who through a lack of judgment ended up pregnant, and it was really sad the way she was treated by the people who were supposed to love her. I couldn't believe how hypocritical and mean her parents were to her, and I felt so sorry for what Grace had to go through to do what she thought was right. Grace's parents really were a disgrace. How they could push her to have an abortion, after all their teachings on abortion being murder, just because they didn't want her to mar their reputation was awful, and I was glad that Grace stood up to them and called them on their double standard. What Grace did wasn't easy, but she did what she felt she could live with, which was sensible as well as admiral. As for the storyline in this book, although I enjoyed it, I couldn't help but think that it was maybe a little too rosy. If only every pregnant teen could walk across the street and find an elderly millionaire with no children of her own to take her in and pay for her medical care and college tuition, then the world would be a much easier place to be. While Grace did have big problems with her parents, she would have had bigger problems had Helen not come along to bail her out. I don't remember any of the girls on 'Teen Mom' falling on their feet the way Grace did, and I'm sure they would have liked that! This part of the storyline did leave a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth, and made parts of the story difficult to swallow. Being a pregnant teen is not about having a rich old lady gift you with a limitless platinum credit card, and getting an all-expenses paid trip to Dartmouth. The ending to this story was also pretty rosy, and while I was happy that Grace's life was so fabulous, I again felt that Grace's story wasn't that of your average pregnant teen mom, which did spoil this book for me really. Grace came out of this story having given a child to a childless couple, having found love, and having gained an extremely wealthy grandmother-type figure, and a free trip to college! It almost made me want to get pregnant and give the child up for adoption! Will Grace ever regret giving her child up? It seems not. Will the child's father ever accept responsibility for the child? No, he got away scot-free. Are there at least some safe-sex messages in this book? Yes and no - we're told that condoms aren't 100% affective, it's much better for the girl to get an implanted contraceptive, and that sex without a condom feels much better! Needless to say, that while this was a nice story, my child will not be reading this book. Overall; a rosy story about teen pregnancy. 6.5 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
It could never happen to me. It is the famous last words. I mean, it is like cancer, teenage pregnancy. You know people it has happened to, and with head knowledge, you know it can happen to you. But at that age, we think we are invincible really, and I remember thinking that it would never actually happen to me. That is on the first page of this book. This shouldn't have happened to *me.* And I think that is why books like these are important, to show that it can and does happen. No matter how smart, no matter if you are a virgin, and sometimes even if you use birth control. And yes, if you haven't noticed from my reading patterns, I am obsessed with books like these. The issue books are right up my alley. This is the 2nd book in a row that is written in 3rd person, but this one is done better than the other. I got lost in Grace's head, and when it switched to Jennifer it jarred me for a second, and then I was into her line of thought. One issue I had though was that Grace's parents are involved, but extreme. They lectured her for getting a B and said they would be wasting money if she went to a second tier school. And that is just the beginning. The way that they pushed her around, tried to make decisions for her and force them on her, and were generally mean people, did not sit well with me at all. As a parent to two girls, I can imagine that it's a huge shock, but no amount of shock justifies how they treated her. The neighbor Helen though, is an amazing addition to the plot. She is a survivor of the concentration camps, so she knows suffering but she had chosen to do good things as a result. She wanted to help others, and every interaction with Grace really just shines. She helps to balance the negativity and bad treatment from Grace's parents and really just laces hope and kindness into the story. Charlie, Helen's nephew, is awesome. He is kind, gentle and patient. He doesn't judge her and is a great friend, and along with Jennifer, helps keep Grace sane. I loved his character, he is everything a guy should be, and I def have a book crush. The ending is perfect for the book and left me with this feeling of hope and peace, that Grace had learned so much and developed so much as a character. She made the best decisions for her, and was working on loving herself so that her other relationships would fall into place. While not everything was 100% neatly tied up, it was the best ending for the book, and it held hope and promise showed the most likely course for the characters. Bottom Line: Screwed tugs at your heart, and examines teenage pregnancy with a fresh voice.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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