Teen pregnancy/parents fiction?
In the past six days,
- a teen girl asked me for fiction books about teen pregnancy;
- I read C.K. Kelly Martin‘s I Know It’s Over (review forthcoming; basically, it’s excellent and you should read it); and
- it was announced that Sarah Palin’s seventeen-year-old daughter is pregnant.*
When I was helping the girl who wanted teen pregnancy fiction, I had a really hard time trying to think of recent books that focus on the girl, not the guy. It’s great that we’re seeing books about teen fathers, but it seems like there are more of these books now (like The First Part Last, Slam, Mahalia, Hanging on to Max, even The Nature of Jade) than there are about the teen who is actually pregnant. And in a way, it kind of bothers me that I could more easily think of the books about guys, because in real life, how many teen mothers will end up raising their child on their own?
Anyway, it’s booklist creation time. Contemporary realistic fiction about teen pregnancy or teen parents published in the last, oh, ten years narrated by/focusing on a girl who got pregnant or the guy who got her pregnant. Besides the books listed above and Linda Oatman High’s upcoming Planet Pregnancy, I’ve found:
- Baby Girl by Lenora Adams
- Angel’s Choice by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
- Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
- Butterflies in May by Karen Hart
- Dancing Naked by Shelley Hrdlitschka
- My Life as a Rhombus by Varian Johnson
- One Night by Margaret Wild
What else is there?