Elly Crowe isn’t the kind of girl who does what she’s told, which might explain how she ends up married and pregnant at the age of 16. Without many options available to her, our headstrong heroine moves in with her new in-laws, who own and live on a weight management camp for overweight youth. With her missionary parents overseas in Kenya and her new husband off doing drugs and sleeping around, Elly’s life as an unpaid camp counselor is an extremely lonely one. Slowly, with the help of some new friends and the growing trust of the young campers, Elly starts to find her footing. She might even be happy, were it not for her dissolving marriage, the baby’s impending due date, and the awful fact that she doesn’t know if she’s going to keep it or give it up for adoption.
A lot of responsibility and difficult decisions rest upon her very young shoulders, and she doesn’t know if she’s brave enough to handle them all. When a series of unexpected events are in set into motion, though, Elly will soon learn that she has only herself to rely upon. After all, the choices we make affect a lot of other lives…sometimes, they can even save them. Pregnant Pause is a raw and realistic coming of age story that really gets into the heads of its main characters. Readers will appreciate frank, no-nonsense Elly and her cautionary tale, which ultimately has a satisfying and wholly unexpected ending. 352 pages.
Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland, USA
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