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"If you're a mom / can you still / go to the prom? Pregnant at 16, Sahara, a former Dixie Queen pageant winner, considers her choices in her small Texas town: adoption, abortion, or keeping the child. No way will she marry the baby's father: He's a bum. / He doesn't work. / He's a jerk. / He'd be / a bad dad, just like the dad / I never had. She lies to her mom and says her pregnancy resulted from date rape, but Mom is not supportive, at least at first, and Sahara worries that her religious best friend will reject her as a knocked-up sleaze. There is too little about what it is like to go to school after a pregnancy begins to show. But true to the teen's voice, the gripping narrative, written in very short lines of free verse with occasional rhyme, makes for a roller-coaster read. Even teens who do not agree with Sahara's final choice will be caught up in the rising tension as she copes with her guilt, regret, despair, and hope.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"When 16-year-old Sahara, the one-time Dixie Queen in her small West Texas town, discovers that she is pregnant, she feels like the "one and only/ lonely resident/ of Planet Pregnancy" and fleetingly considers adoption and abortion, but basically can't bring herself to face facts. In her sixth month, she realizes, "It's kind of late/ in the pregnancy," and decides to have the baby, although she still doesn't tell anyone yet. Her lack of maturity will hit readers hard: she invents a date-rape story to tell her mother, complains about her looks and, even at the end of the book, when she falls in love with her newborn, seems ill prepared for what's ahead. Although High (The Girl on the High-Diving Horse) works in contemporary references, e.g., to the safe haven law allowing new parents to surrender infants safely, she mostly sticks to well-trod territory. The choice of a verse format, while attention-getting, results in some awkward passages. Rhyme schemes, for example, sometimes dictate content, as when her orthodontist notices her weight gain: "Must be that new pizza/ place: Carini./ Better watch out,/ or you won't fit into/ a bikini!" Ages 13-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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