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Don't Think Twice

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  249 ratings  ·  33 reviews
"During the summer of 1967, Anne Harper, 17, enters a home for pregnant teens.... This powerful novel will be enlightening reading for any young woman today." --School Library Journal, starred review
Published April 15th 1996 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Alicia Samson
I liked "Don't Think Twice" by Ruth Pennebaker, because it was about teen pregnancy and unwed mothers.Teen pregnancy hits close to home for me. In this book Annie Harper is not very popular at school and at home isn't that great either. Her parents constantly tell her to be more like her sister. Annie was always the odd ball and book nerd until she met Jake. She immediately loved the attention from a popular boy and shortly after they were sexually active. Jake broke up with her before she found ...more
Melano (Melania) Durmishidze
"Don't Think Twice" by Ruth Pennebaker was enjoyable to read. The book was about teen pregnancy and unwed mothers. It was so interesting as I saw a lot facts like that around me and couldn't even imagine myself at that place. The books main character, Annie Harper, is not very popular at school and at home isn't that great either. Her parents constantly tell her to be more like her sister. Everything changed when she met Jake, she loved the attention from a popular boy which resulted in that th ...more
Wow... this was a great book. I have a strong interest in teen pregnancy, and have read other novels regarding the topic, so I was especially interested in reading this one because I haven't read one before that takes place in an unwed mothers home. Let me start by saying that everything I was worried this book was going to be turned out to be untrue. There is a theory that the modern media is glamorizing teen pregnancy, thus increasing the problem. When I read that this book was funny, I became ...more
There was a time in the United States when teen girls would get pregnant and sent to a home where they would then be convinced to give their babies up for adoption so they could go home and lead normal lives without anyone knowing they were even pregnant most times. Where are these babies? Why was shame and disgrace more important than keeping your grandchild in the family. No, it's not about endorsing teen pregnancy, but it's about family. Forced adoptions and forced abortions are so traumatizi ...more
Didn't like the ending.
The book Don't Think Twice by Ruth Pennebaker is about an unknown character who gets pregnant; she is in a home for pregnant teenagers. The girls in the home are watched by Mrs. Landing.
This book is about a 17 year old girl that gets pregnant and her parents send her to a home for pregnant teenagers. She is there with a bunch of other teen moms... The thing is that no one there is keeping their baby.
The main parts of the book are my character unknown is thinking more about her baby each day. Sh
Oct 31, 2013 Mahogany marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because the front cover has a picture of a young pregnant girl. This stood out to me because teen pregnancy is so prevalent in our society today. In this book, the main character was a young girl named Anne Parker. She became pregnant at seventeen years old and was sent to a special program which housed unwed mothers. She was exposed to many different lifestyles of people in her same situation. After giving birth to her baby, she had to make many life changing decisions. Sh ...more
Oh my gosh, I read this ages and ages ago--when I was 12 or 13 and I LOVED it. It's kind of a typical teen pregnancy story but I really liked Anne as a character. She's sarcastic and funny and so are the girls in the home she's staying in. How random to find it on a Goodreads list today!
Sandra Strange
17 year old Anne should be celebrating her senior year in high school. Instead, she’s spending most of first semester far from her Texas hometown in a home for unwed mothers, contemplating the mess she’s made of her life. This novel frankly examines girls and the reasons they have sex. It is frank, but not explicit. The novel is somewhat positive, since the protagonist grows and learns from her experience. Setting the novel in the 60’s allows the author to treat abortion as an option only tangen ...more
This review is a little... late, but I've noticed that there wasn't enough reviews so why not?
This story is set in the 1960's, and is centered around a pregnant seventeen year old girl named Anne Harper. Anne lives in a group home with other unwed mothers in Texas where she learns to be herself before giving up her baby for adoption.
Personally, I loved Anne. She has a sarcastic sense of humour, and is pessimistic.
As the story progresses, Anne starts to grow and learn.
The ending was pretty good.
Sasha Neitzke
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Novel about 1967 teenage pregnancy, family issues, and forgetting.
Josalyn Wilmot
I liked this book a lot at the beginning and it was one that i couldn't put down. I liked this book because it was from the point of a teen mom and how she had to put her old life behind her and learn to deal with being pregnant. I also liked this book because it showed that no matter what happens in your life you always have a place that will take you in. The only thing I didnt like about it was the fact of how it ended.
Set in 1967 in a Home for Wayward Mothers, we learn about what it was like to be a pregnant teenager in the mid 1960s. All of the girls are waiting to give birth and give their babies up for adoption. They come from all walks of life and have many different reasons and things that led them to the center. The story is realistic, without being too accepting or too preachy.
Dont Think Twice is a dark book with a comedic twist. Ruth Pannebaker has a great voice. She makes the character of Anne Harper seem so real. Her story makes you laugh, cry, and gasp by the way she explains her sad stoy with sarcasim. Its also good for teenage girls to read this book because it shows you shouldnt take your young life away by getting pregnant.
I looked for this book and was only able to find it because I remember what it was about and I remembered what the cover looked like. That will give you an idea of the impression this book had on me when I first read it at age 13.
Elizabeth Lund
Complex characters and believable emotions. Definitely worthwhile. I did see some missed opportunities for drama in the plot (letters she doesn't read, religion, Harriet's story) and the time period could have been realized more fully.
Aug 12, 2011 Maggie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maggie by: Nicole Caliro
This book had one of the most authentic voices I've ever experienced. I loved Anne and how she felt three-dimensional. I laughed, I cried. It was a wonderfully told story.
Kehyonah Graves
Aug 14, 2009 Kehyonah Graves added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls 13 and ^
This book was good because i think it showed the good and bad outcomes putting a baby up for adoption can have on you and your life. It showed a good level of both when
I think teen girls should read this novel because it's a lesson for them not to throw their lives away by getting pregnant at such a young age.
Stephanie Kodama
Good book, written more as a diary. Very touching. Gives an inside scoop on pregnancy and the pain of giving up your child for adoption.
This one was sad. Even though you know what she's going to do, you can't stop yourself from wishing. The end was depressing.
I think this book is good so far. I am more then half way done with it. You will never believe what comes next.
Excellent novel about a teen's experience in a home for pregnant teens; set in 1967 (the year I was born).
Jul 06, 2007 Janki rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
This is a good book for teens who face a lot of social pressure or know someone who is pregnant as a teen.
I liked that it was from the main characters perspective. It did not keep my interest though.
This book was so good. It was a fast read. I finished it in less then 24 hours.
I haven't read this book since I was a teen but I've been searching for it to read again.
I loved this book read it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its so good.
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