I love reading books about teenage pregnancy and reading how an author handles this delicate situation. Screwed was a compelling and entertaining story about a girl who fell pregnant at the age of 17. I enjoyed this book, however I did feel like some of these characters were a bit stereotypical.
Grace has always done the right thing, she never talked back to her parents, always did her homework, never broke the rules and listened to her parents. Until one night where she finds herself in the backseat of Nick’s car and ends up pregnant. Her parents are extremely religious so when they try to force Grace to have an abortion, she is beyond surprised, this goes against everything her parents have taught her over the years. Refusing to have an abortion Grace is kicked out of home with nowhere to go. Thankfully her generous neighbour Mrs T., takes her in and there she meets Charlie, Mrs. T’s great nephew. Along with her the help from her best friend, Mrs T. and Charlie, Grace tries to find a way to deal with her pregnancy, her parents and the arrogant Nick who got her pregnant in the first place.
Grace was a brilliant character. I felt that she had a head screwed tightly onto her shoulders and even though at times she knew she was doing things against her parents’ wishes, she still decided what was ultimately right for herself and her baby. Grace was a girl who was smart, had a bright future but ultimately needed something else in life, which was the feeling of being loved and needed. Even though Grace fell pregnant at the tender age of 17, which brought on many challenges, she still made the best of her situation and I admired her for this.
The people that I hated the most in this book were Grace’s parents. In the beginning they seemed cold and distant. All they seemed worried about was how they would appear to others, so therefore they concentrated on Grace’s grades. But when their daughter came to them and told them she was pregnant, they were disgraced and ashamed. Of course this could be a normal parents reaction, but ultimately parents should help their children in this situation but Grace’s parents teamed up and forced Grace to have an abortion and when she refused they kicked her out in the street to try and make her change her mind. I thought they were just heartless and awful parents and don’t deserve a daughter as brilliant, smart and caring as Grace is.
The romance in this book was so sweet and cute that you couldn’t help but love it. I’m not talking about Grace’s romance with Nick because that was barely a romance, it was more of Nick adding another girl to his list of conquests. I’m talking about the sweet friendship between Grace and Charlie. Charlie was always there for her, and ended up falling for her too. He was a kind, caring, smart and someone who was perfect for Grace.
This book has so many hidden messages and I loved it. It teaches you how one little decision can change your life forever but not always in a bad way. Also that people don’t always appear to be what you thought they were and that some people just put on an act in order to impress others. Some people are hypocritical. Teenagers can just be plain mean. There will always be someone or some people out there that care for you, you just have to be open to it.
So if you enjoy books about teenage pregnancy or sweet romances then this book is for you. I definitely would recommend for people to read it.
Thanks to Merit Press for this review copy!
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