When Olivia opens the bathroom door, the last thing she expects to see is her best friend Nicola giving birth on the floor – and to say Nicola is surprised is an understatement. She’s not ready to be a mum, and she needs Olivia’s help. But Olivia has her own problems – specifically her bullying boyfriend, Jonty, and keeping an eye on younger sister Alice. And then there’s Nicola’s friend Ben, who’s struggling with secrets of his own …
THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS
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The Baby was not at all what I was expecting. The cover paints this picture, as if this book was to be a lighter contemporary--when it fact it's not all that light. It tackles more serious topics than it does anything fun.
True to the title, The Baby is about the baby. In the midst of a party, best friend and fashionista, Nicola, is giving birth in her best friend's bathroom, and now there's a baby--a real live one.
Teenage pregnancy is the obvious topic of this novel and it's told in a fairly realistic manner. Nothing is sugar coated--and none of these teens are coasting through this pregnancy. The mom is unhappy with her daughter's pregnancy, the daughter is struggling--and the father was unexpected.
While I know teen pregnancies is no laughing matter, I thought the book would be lighter. But, I guess that was my own foolish expectations.
The story is told in multiple POV's--at times I didn't find it necessary, but I guess it helped with the story telling, being that the story and the plot itself affected all characters involved. Some readers might appreciate being able to see the story through all of their eyes, but I feel that I could have personally done without it.
Anywho, so you get to see the struggles that each character faces in their lives, and after the birth of this unexpected baby. It's all pretty interesting to read, but a little boring at the same time. It's not that the writer didn't do a good job of showing true to life teen pregnancy, it's that the characters themselves were pretty dull.
I just didn't connect with them, or their stories. They seemed a little typical and not at all engaging. Don't get me wrong this book works for the reasons it intended, it just wasn't for me.
Not to mention the ending was kind of bleh, and I was far from impressed by the twist. It felt unnecessary and anticlimactic. Some readers might even actually be a little offended. Not sure, but I've seen people get upset by less.
All in all this was an okay read, that just left me wanting a little more, and a little less.