Autumn still misses her mother, who died when she was five. But her father and grandmother are raising her with love, laughter, and common sense. She’s a top volleyball player and student. Then it all falls apart. A family tragedy strikes just as Autumn learns she is unhappily pregnant. Difficult choices confront her and she will have to find new support--and soon.
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Grades 8 and up
AR: 11.0 IL: UG BL: 4.8
I can’t go through with it.
“Come on, here’s to 18,” he says, clinking his bottle against mine and taking a sip. Under the stars, feeling the glow of champagne, when Jason leans over and kisses me, it seems right. And when we do exactly what he’s wanted to do, that seems right at the time too.
Packed with realistic situations with which many teens must cope, and Autumn’s difficult decision will inspire much discussion.
An engaging, thought-provoking read, recommended for reluctant readers.
Joan Kaywell wrote:
For all the sadness, Autumn and her baby's story is ultimately one of love and hope. It's a very positive presentation of adoption, especially open adoption. Good for Marilyn Reynolds for devoted attention to the concerns of teenage women.
Reynolds has outdone herself in developing both an awesome character and a captivating story that will stay with readers long after the book ends. This is a must read for adolescent girls and adults interested in the foster care system, lesbian issues, and fundamentalist concerns.