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Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan

Pregnant Pause (edition 2012)

by Han Nolan

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Title:Pregnant Pause
Authors:Han Nolan
Info:Graphia (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:YA, romance, teen pregnancy, sex, drugs, summer camp, marriage

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Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan


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Sixteen-year-old Eleanor has a great voice in this book, pure stubbonness and grumpy teen. Grumpy, pregnant teen to boot. The story of her pregnancy, her ambivalent feelings for her new husband, and the careening between hope and despair (especially the decision between adoption and keeping the baby) all feel authentic and realistic. And there are just great lines like: "Now I remember why I fell in love with Lam. When it's us against the world, he always makes sure we win." The happy ending is a bit too convenient and abrupt but from Eleanor's teenaged point of view, that's all she needs to know for the moment. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Sixteen-year-old Eleanor is pregnant, and she finds herself married to the baby’s father and living at the fat camp his parents own. She flip flops between thinking their marriage will work, and wondering how she ended up here. Her parents want Eleanor to give the baby to her older sister, who’s unable to have children of her own. Meanwhile, Eleanor’s in-laws also want the baby, but they’re so mean to Eleanor that she can’t imagine them raising her kid. Eleanor is annoying at times, even though her wishy-washy thoughts and emotions are true not only to teens, but to pregnant women. Overall, the book is absolutely amazing, and I stayed up late one night to finish it. Highly recommended. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
I was first introduced to Han Nolan through her novel Crazy, a book that has stuck with me in spite of having read dozens upon dozens of books since. I remember being thoroughly impressed with the control she had throughout the book, giving each voice such a distinctive feel that they leaped off the page and grabbed my attention through dialogue and action. So, I was walking through my library the other day and Nolan's name jumped out at me from the bookshelf in the young adult section and I knew it was time to give her my attention again. Pregnant Pause, while not as smooth and polished a story as Crazy, was an entertaining read that had me flopping back and forth, much like the main character, between wanting to strangle her and cheer her on.

Read the rest of this review at The Lost Entwife on Dec. 23, 2013. ( )
  TheLostEntwife | Dec 20, 2013 |
Han Nolan is a brilliant writer and her talent is vividly on display in this completely engrossing, emotional story. The ending comes together a bit too neatly, but that's easy to overlook because the rest of the story is so beautifully told. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Sixteen year-old Eleanor is in a bit of a pinch. She's got a record of trouble with the cops. She has a bad-boy boyfriend who got her pregnant, and she doesn't have a lot of viable options. Her parents are about to leave for Africa, where they work with AIDS orphaned children, and they insist she come with them. Eleanor is stubborn, however, and insists on staying at home. She marries her boyfriend Lam and agrees to live with him at the summer camp for overweight children Lam's parents run. Her new MIL and FIL (mother and father in law) have Eleanor tell the campers she's 20 and imply that she was married before getting knocked up, but no one really believes it. In fact, Eleanor seems to encounter resistance and judgment at every turn-- with the MIL and FIL, the other teenaged counselors, and the kids at the camp. Even her new husband abandons her on their wedding night, choosing to get drunk and high with his fellow high school graduates rather than spend the night with his new wife.

Author Han Nolan takes readers along with Ellie on her emotional roller coaster ride as she readies for the birth of her child and the decisions she isn't ready to make. While Nolan offers no judgment on teen pregnancy, she allows readers to see the judgment Ellie faces from all directions about her situation and the choices she has. Both Lam's parents and Ellie's sister want the baby for reasons of their own and Ellie has reasons not to want either of them to have it. We see Ellie struggle with the weight of that pressure, as well as her turmoil over what to do with the advances of another boy at the camp who promises to care for her and her soon-to-be-born baby.

The target audience is high school, and perhaps middle school, girls. While it'll be a tough sell with most high school boys, it's a worthwhile read for them, as well. ( )
  TigerLMS | Nov 30, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152065709, Hardcover)

A thought-provoking and courageous new novel by National Book Award winner Han Nolan.

Nobody gets away with telling Eleanor Crowe what to do. But as a pregnant sixteenyear-old, her options are limited: move to Kenya with her missionary parents or marry the baby’s father and work at his family’s summer camp for overweight kids. Despite her initial reluctance to help out, Elly is surprised that she actually enjoys working with the campers. But a tragedy on the very day her baby is born starts a series of events that overwhelms Elly with unexpected emotions and difficult choices. Somehow, she must turn her usual obstinance in a direction that can ensure a future for herself—and for the new life she has created.

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Married, pregnant, and living at a "fat camp" in Maine, sixteen-year-old Eleanor has many questions about her future, especially whether the marriage will last and if she should keep the baby.

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