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What kind of love? : the diary of a pregnant teenager

Author: Sheila Cole
Publisher: New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A 15-year old becomes pregnant and deals with hard decisions. The use of the diary format makes this problem novel about a pregnant, 15-year-old teen accessible as well as immediate. It took only one sexual encounter, which Cole briefly describes, for Valerie Larch to become pregnant, and now, in typical fashion, she doesn't know what to do about the baby she carries. Cole slides quickly over the choices to focus  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Juvenile works
Diaries
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sheila Cole
ISBN: 0688128483 9780688128487
OCLC Number: 32290338
Description: 192 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: by Sheila Cole.

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A 15-year old becomes pregnant and deals with hard decisions. The use of the diary format makes this problem novel about a pregnant, 15-year-old teen accessible as well as immediate. It took only one sexual encounter, which Cole briefly describes, for Valerie Larch to become pregnant, and now, in typical fashion, she doesn't know what to do about the baby she carries. Cole slides quickly over the choices to focus mainly on the wish-fufillment scenario--the loving boyfriend says they'll marry. In the end, however, there's no romantic resolution: Val deals with the legacy of her irresponsibility by herself. Her decision to put the baby up for adoption is not achieved without some pain, but this book is not as wrenching as Geraldine Kaye's 1992 Someone Else's Baby, in which the young girl copes not only with pregnancy, but also with a dysfunctional family. Here, it's Val's determination to hang on to her romantic vision that drives the story. Plot and characterization are competently handled, however, and Cole avoids the sort of shrill preachiness that puts off YA readers.

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