Saturday, 19 April 2014

Trouble by Non Pratt

Title: Trouble
Author: Non Pratt
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 6th March 2014
Pages: 381
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Coming of age
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.


Hannah is smart and funny. She's also fifteen and pregnant.

Aaron is the new boy at school. He doesn't want to attract attention.

So why does Aaron offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah's unborn baby?

Growing up can be trouble but that's how you find out what really matters.

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.

Another thing which irked me was when Hannah finally told her parents the father of the baby was her step-brother - yeah, I know, but that's not what annoyed me. When writing a book about teenage pregnancy and the book is aimed at teenagers, surely there should be some truth that the reader can take away from it. Neither parent mentioned that their son had raped his underage step-sister. They were angry, sure, but they just accepted it.

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.

13 comments:

  1. Interesting review. I've not read this book (yet) but agree that whilst everyone has different reactions and responses to situations in their lives, I know that if I were in that situation now I'd be terrified, as would a lot of the people I know. Really enjoyed reading this :) x

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing what you think of the book. Thanks Holly! :)

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  2. This sounds like an interesting book I might pick up. I'm always in for good and nice contemporaries, so this would be a book I'll probably enjoy. I'm glad you liked it. Great review, as always :)

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  3. Great review! I agree that a book from Aaron's point of view would be very good :-)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I'd love to know more about his mysterious past and everything else...

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  4. ive not seen much on this book but at least it got you out of a slump :)

    em @ afternoonbookery.blogspot.com x

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    1. Luckily! That was the worst reading slump I've ever been in!

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  5. Um... This book seems like kind of a mess. Like you said - the plot is very unrealistic. I happen to be one of those people living under rocks because this is the first time I've heard of it, but I don't see why everyone is so crazy about it.

    Great review though :)

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    1. I kind of understand why everyone is crazy about it because it's different, funny, and well-paced. I just personally found a few things irritated me (which no one else seems to have picked up on in their reviews) Thank you :)

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  6. I haven't read this book but it sounds like it would make a good movie While I like reading, I always like movie adaptions so I can compare the two. I thought you made some really good points about the flaws in the book about how Hannah doesn't seem worried enough about the pregnancy and how it is strange for a fifteen year old boy to readily agree to be the fake father of the baby.

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  7. Oh, I'm so excited to read this! I can't wait for it to pub in the States. I can definitely see why you would have problems with it as the plot does seem a bit unrealistic but I'm glad that the writing was fresh and funny! Glad you liked it overall. :)

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  8. Haha read this review after watching your book haul on youtube. I feel like I would have issues with the points you did too... Maybe, when I finally get a library card, I'll check it out :) Great review!

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