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Twenty Weeks (Twenty Weeks #1)

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'It’s his too, Maya! What if he wants it? What if?' The little voice buzzed in my head, and just when I was about to turn away and run out of the clinic, my name was called.

Sixteen-year-old, Maya Rockwell, has it all: a new set of wheels, straight-A grades, and Alex, a hotter than Hades boyfriend with the personality of an angel.

When her best friend kicks off the biggest p
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published (first published August 8th 2011)
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Apr 08, 2012 Lexie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one should suffer through this.
Recommended to Lexie by: Someone I'm not longer friends with.
This is, without a doubt, one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune of reading. I have permanently deleted it from my Kindle app and, quite frankly, wish I could get the money back so I could throw it down the drain, since that would be a more productive use of it. I cannot understand why has such a high rating for two reasons - one, it is simply dreadful writing, and two, most of the book is offensive.

This book white washes all the issues of becoming pregnant at sixteen and quickly
Jul 29, 2012 Denise rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
This is a platform for the author's anti-abortion stance. It also contains a whole lot of syrup, drama upon drama, and some poor writing. For me, though, the deal breaker was the view that one is seen as a moral person not for kindness, honesty or even hard work, but for avoiding abortion. A tragic side story includes an innocent girl, a victim of violence and incest, who opts for abortion and cannot live with the guilt of what she has done. This is to contrast with the happy (and unrealistic) c ...more
Laurie Carlson
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is AMAZING! I HIGHLY recommend ALL Young Adults read this book, including the guys! Adults, too! I LOVED this story, and it has SO many issues to bring to the attention of everyone. This author has written an outstanding story!
This book is SO FULL of action, "of life as it happens", that when you start reading it, the next thing you know, it is over! You don't even think of putting this book down because the story is SO gripping and compelling. It is so full of events, you
Jul 25, 2012 Alisha rated it really liked it
I found this book to be a really sweet and fairly realistic account of a young girls struggle with what to do when she finds out she's pregnant at 16. I've noticed that some of the reviewers say that this doesn't take sides on the abortion topic, but honestly it really does. This book is pro-life and that is the main point of it. I really don't mind that because honestly I'm fairly pro-life myself, but others who feel strongly in their beliefs may find this book too controversial to them. I high ...more
Nov 28, 2011 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

Once again this is another great "indie" story. This book was a really fast read. I read it from one day to the next, that's how good it was. I have learned a lot about pregnancy, implantation, and development. The baby's heart starts beating at three weeks. And in this story at sixteen to twenty weeks they didn't consider it a baby, they considered it "Just a blob of tissue." What a horrible way to speak of a fetus; a harmless tiny person. Abortion is a very controversial subject to which I do
Patricia Puddle
Wow! What a story! This is one of the best romantic stories I've ever read. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I kept reading day and night for two days until I finished it. Although it's a great love story, it's also a tearjerker. Seriously, you'll need tissues, it had me tearing up in quite a few chapters. Maya and Alex are two teenagers who fall in love. They're still at school and one night at a party, they eat some Jello tarts that have been spiked with a drug. They're unawa ...more
Author: Melisa Hamling
Published By: Rachelle Ayala Publishing, LLC.
Age Recommended: Teen 14+ YA +Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5


"Twenty Weeks" by Melisa Hamling was a novel that I could see it be of a great benefit read for the 'Teen 14+ and YA over pregnancy. This author did a wonderful job with describing what difficulties that could arrive especially due to 'lack of experience and maturity.' I liked all of the characters being so well developed that really was able to help unde
Mar 18, 2012 Loretta rated it really liked it
"Twenty Weeks" deals with a very controversial subject. Since the other reviews have already discussed the subject and the storyline this reviewer will discuss the writing, flow and character development.

Firstly, I enjoyed the book as it dealt with teenagers and the difficulties they face. Ms. Hamling did a great job in defining her teen characters and how they deal with problems based on their lack of experience and maturity. Having two grown daughters and 3 granddaughters, one (17 year old) wh
Aug 30, 2012 Grace rated it it was amazing
this book wow, it had be crying for ages and ages at the very end, this story is not your typical of im pregnant and im going to get all depressed about it because i don't know who the father is no, this is not one of these books.
it surprised me actually because she has such a loving boyfriend the whole way through it and not once does he ever leave her out of his own will!
this book made me fall in love with every character! you f
Dec 02, 2012 TinaB rated it did not like it
If this book had a smell, you could bottle it and call it essence of butt-crack.

AWFUL! Not only the writing and the fear tactics used but the unbelievable dialog that had absolutely no relevance or relatability to teenagers.

If I can pull anything positive out of this book, I would say I agree with the author about this message: Teens- drugs are bad no matter what!! Getting pregnant at 16 is not cool......and if your pro-life thats ok, its a noble issue to stand up for, however this book went abo
Lauren Fleming
Sep 09, 2012 Lauren Fleming rated it did not like it

This book is a fairy tale and every tragic thing that could possibly happen in a teenagers life rolled into one. It's absolute crap and I actually laughed at so many serious parts throughout the book. I honestly cannot believe they would have teenagers read this. It is so unrealistic and so one sided. Pro lifers would love this story and the total ignorance of the book.
Aug 04, 2012 Lashonta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was amazing not only would you be crying you will also be laughing. Maya is a16 year old who finds herself pregnant. She take you a journey that every young woman considers and how to deal with a pregnancy at such a young age.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Oct 02, 2011 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it really liked it

Maya thought back to what she had been told at the clinic. "They said it was no big deal. The thing inside of me was just a blob of nothing, just some tissue." She paused and drew imaginary circles on her sheet with her index finger. Were the people at the clinic being truthful with her? How many weeks was she? How could it be possible? It had only happened once, and she....they hadn't meant to do "it" at all....they hadn't been themselves really..that night...It was those stupid boys fault who
Apr 09, 2014 Carley rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
Oh my goodness. This was so awful! I had such high hopes for it. Having parents with opposing viewpoints on abortion and getting pregnant at 16 made for what should've been an interesting concept. Instead the author ruined it by making it an outlandish tale full of scare tactics. Not only that but then no one is made to own up to their mistakes. It's all just brushed off on drugs, bad people, being young, etc. The author could've done a better service to the anti-abortion stance if she talked le ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
Loved Loved Loved!!!!! Such an amazing book. I have read a lot of books about teen pregnancy and abortion but none that have affected me so much. I wanted to cry, jump, laugh, and celebrate while reading this book. So many exiting things happening that constantly change what you think is going ti happen. I couldn't put this book down. It grabbed my heart and wouldn't let go. I felt every emotion Maya was feeling. I felt like I was Maya because I felt if I was in the same position I would behave ...more
Apr 07, 2012 Brandi rated it it was amazing
I was at the same crossroads as the character Maya in this book so I could relate with her completely. This true to life story following Maya and Alex on their journey through teen pregnancy, is a must read for everyone, not just teens!

Melisa Hamling created a wonderful masterpiece that must be shared. Tell everyone you know to read this book.
Samantha Morris
Jul 28, 2012 Samantha Morris rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story,that really got to me in parts and was quite upsetting,i think there is a part in this book that is a very sore subject,but also in the same sence has to be known even though it made me cry a few time i really enjoyed it .
Sep 21, 2012 Morgan rated it it was amazing
I can't put in words how much I love this book. At the end of every chapter you are stuck wanting to know more and you have to read more otherwise you are asking questions and you go crazy. I would recommend this to everyone.
Michelle Slomp
Mar 21, 2012 Michelle Slomp rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to anyone with a teenager. The story shows great depth is explaining the life debate without being preachy at all. The characters reamin truthful and are authentic - they do teenage things.
Mary Forbes
Jul 26, 2012 Mary Forbes rated it it was amazing
In this YA book, Melisa Hamling deals with controversial matters in a knowledgeable way. Teenage problems are enhanced by insecurities and modern reality. I found it easy to fall into Maya's life and feel all the sadness, horror and happiness she was feeling.
Becky Holloway
Aug 12, 2012 Becky Holloway rated it really liked it
Was a free book so decided to read. Deals with teen pregnancy and the choice this teen has to make. Loved the book because it supports pro-life. A bit of a fairy tale ending.....but was still a good read.
May 25, 2014 MJ marked it as not-interested
Based on the reviews heavy pro-life propaganda. No thank you. Being from a state where little is cared for women's rights (both living and dead) are not respected, I don't think I'll be reading this shit.
Aug 24, 2012 Dellynda rated it really liked it
You will either Love it or Hate it !!! There is no grey area because of the abortion topic that is the strongest part of the storyline.
Angie Recio
Aug 26, 2012 Angie Recio rated it it was amazing

I love it . It was a good story . & it made me cry more then once . I would read more of this author book . .
Sep 02, 2012 Shanna rated it really liked it
Wow! What a touching story. It was easy to read...i finished it in 2-3 days. Very happy i stumbled across this book. i wish all stories ended this happily.
Jul 30, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
Excellent quick read!
Kimmi Bailey
Jul 27, 2012 Kimmi Bailey rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Such a sweet story...I really enjoyed it
Sep 27, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
I got this for free on my kindle. Good read. strong subject.
Jul 27, 2012 Patti rated it really liked it
Great book. Somewhat unrealistic in today's world, but great story.
Jul 29, 2012 Shan rated it it was amazing
terrific book!
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I grew up in Colorado and moved to Nebraska in the latter half of my teen years, where I've remained. I have a great family and my father is James Dean. Yep! The James Dean. Okay in name only, but I still love to say it. I have the best husband ever! He's not afraid to do the laundry, or the dishes, and dang. He's had to survive four females and a whole lot of hormones. Poor guy! We have three bea ...more
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