Author: Non Pratt
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 6th March 2014
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Coming of age
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
After three weeks of not reading even a single page from a book, I was seriously fed up. I was two books behind schedule on the Goodreads challenge, and my TBR pile was getting taller and taller. I couldn't even remember the last time I had written a review. Luckily, everything changed at the end of the third week of my reading slump: a copy of Trouble by Non Pratt arrived from the publisher. If you don't live in a far, far away place, where there is no civilisation or Wi-Fi, you'll know that Trouble has received an endless amount of reviews full of shining praise and pleas for the author to write another book, like, now.
I have decided that Trouble is the perfect book for making a reading slump vanish. However, there are two things that really undermined the book as a whole. According to my blog stats, most of my readers are female, so try to imagine you're a fifteen-year-old boy. You move to a new school in a new area. A random girl flits on to your radar and you make small talk a couple of times but that's it. Then you find out she's pregnant and the father of the baby isn't interested. Would you instantly offer to be the fake father to her baby? No? I didn't think so, but that's exactly what Aaron does for Hannah. Aaron's parents happily agree that he can be the fake father to the unborn child of a fifteen-year-old girl he's just met, and they agree that Hannah's parents don't need to know. Sure, the moments between Hannah and Aaron were sweet, but the rest of this book is so realistic and, even though this is a big part of the main plot, I think it was extremely unbelievable. This really let the whole book down.
Most pregnant fifteen-year-old girls would be terrified at the prospect of having a baby so early, yet the amount of times Hannah actually showed anxiety and stress towards this throughout the book could be counted on one hand. She mostly focused on those who were trying to expose her secrets instead of that thing which just so happened to be steadily growing inside of her. I get that we're all different but I feel like Hannah's character could have been developed a lot more.
I do think a second book perhaps from Aaron's point of view would be good. There were a few sub-plots to do with Aaron which petered out towards the end, and I'd really like those strings to be tied. Despite the points of the book I didn't like or agree with, Trouble is a good book. It's entertaining, heart-warming, and funny. A lot of teenagers will be able to relate to this, and I do recommend you read it if you're after a sparkling contemporary with a fresh voice.