It's very difficult to read books like this, only because the content is such a reality in our society. Turning pages and reading about a fictional life is one thing, but when that fictional life is probably someone's reality, that makes the books hit home a little harder.
Planet Pregnancy, new this month from Linda Oatman High, follows 16 year old Sahara and the journey she takes when a pregnancy test reveals what she has been dreading. She is terrified to tell anyone, knowing that her life as the Dixie Queen is completely over. Forced to make the ultimate decision "keep, give away, or lose," Sahara's heart begins to crumble, as does the entire world around her.
Sahara's powerful story is told in a free verse style, making it even more intense. I think all teen girls and their mothers could benefit from reading this book, if only to open up the topic for conversation. Too many teen girls are getting pregnant, true, but if one does, she should feel she can go to someone about it, not have to hide away from friends, family, and really...everyone.
If you want to learn more about the Planet Pregnancy or to purchase the title, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.