Review: Trouble by Non Pratt

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Title: Trouble
Author: Non Pratt
Release Date: 6/10/2014
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384
Rating: 4 stars
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Trigger Warnings: alcohol abuse and death

In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”

Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.

Trouble started out incredibly slow, taking more pages than I’ll usually give a book before I was interested and invested in the story, but I’m glad I stuck it out. Once I got to the point Hannah realizes she’s pregnant I found myself wanting to know how things end. 

This is a story that is entirely character driven. Really I didn’t find myself liking any of the characters at first, except for Hannah’s little sister Lola (the cutest and spunkiest toddler you’ll ever meet). Thankfully, as things progress, Hannah and Aaron start discovering who they are and developing more than I ever thought they would. There is also a great ensemble of side characters that really help provide support for Hannah and Aaron and help push things along. 

Overall, Trouble is a book that focuses on figuring out who you are, loss, and new beginnings. Told in alternating points of view between Hannah and Aaron, we see the power of friendship and the importance of not only being there for people when they need it most, but also of letting people in when we’re at our most vulnerable.

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