Friday, June 14, 2013

Book Review #329 - Choices by Diane Wolfer


Told in a nonjudgmental narrative that confronts issues head-on, this story follows 17-year-old Elisabeth who discovers she is pregnant and has a tough choice to make: keep the baby or make alternative arrangements. With parents pressuring her, a boyfriend she cannot trust, a best friend she keeps pushing away, and her own indecision, Elisabeth's dilemma grows more and more difficult. This realistic account of teenage pregnancy addresses the pros and cons of both possible outcomes through the alternating perspectives through Libby, who keeps the baby, and Beth, who does not.
My Rating: 3.5/5
According to Goodreads, this is the third time I have read this book. It was like reading it for the first time though as I didn't remember anything about it.
This book has really interesting concept. It shows the impact of both sides of a life changing decision.
This book is set in Perth, Australia where I am from. It was good to have familiarity with the setting as not many books are set here.
The family dynamics were interesting. Libby who has the baby fights with her parents but makes up with them in the end. Whereas Beth who doesn't tell her parents she has an abortion, grows gradually apart from her parents.
I liked how Libby kept her pride and didn't ask her parents for help when Darren left her. Even though it was probably something I wouldn't have done if I was in her position, I could really admire her for that.
Even at the end of the novel, neither decision seemed like the right one. Elisabeth's life turned out okay in both perspectives.

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