Title: And Baby Makes Two
Author: Dyan Sheldon
Published: First published 2000, this edition 2010
Pages: 229 (excluding about author, title page, etc.)
A sharply observed, bittersweet tale of the trials of teenage pregnancy. Lana Spiggs is fed up with everyone telling her what to do. If it isn’t her mother nagging and shouting, it’s her teachers nagging and shouting. What Lana wants is to be grownup. She wants her own flat, her own husband and her own children – and then no one will be able to boss her around any more. When Lana meets Les on her fifteenth birthday, she knows he is the one. And when she gets pregnant without even trying, she knows it’s her ticket to freedom – even though everyone else calls it a prison sentence. But can her dream of Happy Families stand up to reality?
I thought this book was a beautifully written coming of age story – except this time Lana, the main character – has to do more than just come of age – she has to mature as well.
I thought that Sheldon’s writing was perfect for this novel, and that even though this is a decade old – it still felt modern in that teenage girls still have this problem, and the characters were of no difference to characters written about now. I think that is why it is a good book – it manages to maintain its’ significance, even though it should be classed as out of date – but it actually, isn’t.
Now I have to say, the premise of a teenage girl getting pregnant is now one that has been milked dry, but this was published in 2000, probably when books about pregnant teens weren’t around as much as they are now.
The characters were also fantastic – very realistic and developed well. You could easily sympathise with Lana, but at times she was quite… self centred and pretty rude to some people – but I think she manages to grow as a person in the story.
I also thought the pregnancy part was accurate, and told the tale of what would happen if you were a teenage and pregnant… her friends having a social life, and her not – things like that made the book realistic and meant it was true to life.
Rated = 4 Stars
The writing style, characters and realism were very good, but I thought sometimes the book lacked plot and sometimes, depth. However I did enjoy it a lot! 🙂