Friday, 16 September 2016

A Good Hiding by Shirley-Anne McMillan

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley.
A Good Hiding
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Nollaig needs a place to hide. Da's been drinking more and more. It makes him mean. She could stick it out if it was just her. But in 9 months' time, she'll have another life to consider - a life no one knows about yet. She wants to keep it that way.

Besides, her best friend Stephen's the only one who'll even notice she's gone and he knows all about hiding the truth. He knows when to stop being 'different' because it makes the other boys uncomfortable. He knows when to say nothing at all.

Stephen tracks Nollaig down to an old church not far from her home. It's a shelter - for now. But it soon becomes clear that they will have to choose what they want for the future: to stay in the shadows, or to live life in the open?

A Good Hiding by Shirley-Anne McMillan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Good Hiding “Now there was a pregnancy test telling the story too: yes, you are going to have a baby, yes, you are going to be a mother, yes, yes, yes, this is real and there will be another person, there is another person under your skin.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a pregnant 15-year-old.

I felt really sorry for Nollaig in this, being 15 and pregnant couldn’t have been easy, especially with her alcoholic father and lack of friends and support.

The storyline in this was about Nollaig running away from home and hiding out in a church, with only her best friend Stephen knowing where she was. We also got a storyline about Stephen facing prejudice at school because of being gay, and a bit of blackmail going on later in the story.

The ending to this was fairly happy, and I was surprised that things turned out as well as they did.

6 out of 10

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