Monday, 12 August 2013

Screwed by Laurie Plissner

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to +W/Adams Media, Merit Press and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Flattered by the attentions of Nick, the cutest guy in school, seventeen-year-old Grace Warren, captain of the math team, lets down her guard and gets pregnant the night she loses her virginity. Hopeful that Nick will drop to one knee and propose when she breaks the baby news to him, Grace is heartbroken - Nick wants nothing to do with her. Her best friend, Jennifer, thinks she should get an abortion, but Grace is certain that her morally upright parents will insist that she keep the baby. After she comes clean to her super-religious, strait-laced parents, they surprise her by insisting that she terminate the pregnancy to avoid humiliating the family. But when she sees the fetus on the ultrasound, she decides she can't get rid of it. Deciding to save the tiny life growing inside of her, Grace must face the consequences of being that girl - the good girl who got knocked up.

Screwed by Laurie Plissner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Screwed(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to +W/Adams Media, Merit Press and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Grace made a mistake, and now she’s going to pay for it. After sleeping with Nick (the school Casanova) in the back of his truck, she’s pregnant, and she doesn’t know what to do about it.

After telling her parents and getting kicked out of their house, Grace finds herself living with her wealthy, elderly, childless neighbour, who supports Grace during her pregnancy.
What does being pregnant mean for Grace though? Will her parents ever speak to her again? And what does the future hold for Grace?

This was an enjoyable read, but Grace was incredibly lucky to find herself in such a good position after her parents kicked her out.

Grace was a normal teen who through a lack of judgment ended up pregnant, and it was really sad the way she was treated by the people who were supposed to love her. I couldn’t believe how hypocritical and mean her parents were to her, and I felt so sorry for what Grace had to go through to do what she thought was right.
Grace’s parents really were a disgrace. How they could push her to have an abortion, after all their teachings on abortion being murder, just because they didn’t want her to mar their reputation was awful, and I was glad that Grace stood up to them and called them on their double standard.
What Grace did wasn’t easy, but she did what she felt she could live with, which was sensible as well as admiral.

As for the storyline in this book, although I enjoyed it, I couldn’t help but think that it was maybe a little too rosy. If only every pregnant teen could walk across the street and find an elderly millionaire with no children of her own to take her in and pay for her medical care and college tuition, then the world would be a much easier place to be. While Grace did have big problems with her parents, she would have had bigger problems had Helen not come along to bail her out. I don’t remember any of the girls on ‘Teen Mom’ falling on their feet the way Grace did, and I’m sure they would have liked that! This part of the storyline did leave a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth, and made parts of the story difficult to swallow. Being a pregnant teen is not about having a rich old lady gift you with a limitless platinum credit card, and getting an all-expenses paid trip to Dartmouth.

The ending to this story was also pretty rosy, and while I was happy that Grace’s life was so fabulous, I again felt that Grace’s story wasn’t that of your average pregnant teen mom, which did spoil this book for me really. Grace came out of this story having given a child to a childless couple, having found love, and having gained an extremely wealthy grandmother-type figure, and a free trip to college! It almost made me want to get pregnant and give the child up for adoption!
Will Grace ever regret giving her child up? It seems not. Will the child’s father ever accept responsibility for the child? No, he got away scot-free. Are there at least some safe-sex messages in this book? Yes and no – we’re told that condoms aren’t 100% affective, it’s much better for the girl to get an implanted contraceptive, and that sex without a condom feels much better! Needless to say, that while this was a nice story, my child will not be reading this book.
Overall; a rosy story about teen pregnancy.
6.5 out of 10.


  1. Def know what you mean about too rosy with her finidng the millionaire to take her in, but I figure it is what makes the story special

  2. Hmm this sounds like an interesting read, but I'm not sure its one for me. Great review.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  3. Yeah, her parents sound horrible. And I don't like when everything works out or it starts feeling fake.