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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero July 19, 2015

Gabi a Girl in PiecesHave you ever wanted to read someone’s diary? Here’s your chance. Gabi is a senior in high school. Her life isn’t perfect. Her best friend got pregnant without even telling Gabi she was having sex. Her other best friend just came out to his parents and got kicked out of the house. Her father is addicted to meth and might or might not come home at night. And Gabi’s mom is always on her case about not being easy… even though Gabi’s never been past first base. Some things about life are good, though. She has her friends, she’s figuring out how to use poetry to express her feelings, and she has food… so much good food. Things just might turn out okay.

This was one of the best books I’ve read all year. It dealt with a number of controversial topics in a realistic way. Gabi’s voice seemed authentic and her reactions to difficult situations were unflinchingly honest. I have already recommended this book to a number of teen girls and mothers.

5 out of 5 stars


Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen November 9, 2010

Halley and Scarlett have been best friends for years.  Scarlett is the popular, confident one, Halley the quiet sidekick.  Scarlett has always been the one who knows how to take care of everything.  Then Halley gets the call.  Scarlett’s boyfriend, her first love, is killed in a motorcycle accident.  Shortly afterward, Scarlett finds out she is carrying his baby.  Now the tables have turned and Scarlett needs Halley.  But will Halley be able to take care of everything when she is needed the most?


The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

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“And this is how I turned sixteen.  Skipped school with my running buddies, K-Boy and J.L. , and went to Mineo’s for a couple of slices.  Hit a matinee and threw as much popcorn at each other as we ate.  Then went to the top of the Empire State Building ‘cause I never had before.  I said what everybody who’d ever been up there sways.  Everybody looks like ants.  Yeah, right.  Later on that night my pops, Fred, made me my favorite meal – cheese fries and ribs – at his restaurant.  I caught the subway home and walked real slow ‘cause I knew my mom had a cake for me when I got there, and I was still full.  I never had any cake though, ‘cause my girlfriend Nia was waiting on our stoop for me with a red balloon.  Just sittin’ there with a balloon, looking all lost.  I’ll never forget that look how her voice shook when she said, ‘Bobby, I’ve got something to tell you.’  Then she handed me the balloon.”
That was then.  This is now.  Now things have changed.  Everything has changed.  Now Feather is laying on my stomach, looking up at me.  I figure if the world were really right, humans would live life backward and do the first part last.  They’d be all knowing in the beginning and innocent in the end.  But that isn’t how it worked out.  Instead, I’m learning to be a father.  A 16-year old father.  A single 16-year old father that changes diapers, makes formula, and doesn’t sleep at all.  It’s not easy, but that’s what I have to do.  For Feather.  For me.  For Nia.


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