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Dancing Naked

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  594 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Kia is sixteen and pregnant. Her world crumbles as she attempts to come to terms with the life growing inside her and what she must do. Initially convinced that abortion is her only option, Kia comes to understand that for her, the answers are not always black and white. As the pregnancy progresses, Kia discovers who her real friends are and where their loyalties lie. It i ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jun 21, 2010 Zoë rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, ebook
The spirit of life dances lightly among the people gather in the birthing room, teasing goosebumps to the surface of their skin, forcing fine hairs to stand at attention. It is elusive, silent and indefinable, yet they all feel its mysterious presence, its promise, as it swirls about, waiting to breathe the silent respiration of the universe into the newest member of the human family.

So I discovered that my local library actually lets you check out e-books which you can read for a specific amo
Apr 11, 2009 Jenallys rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Recommended to Jenallys by: My Friend
This is my favorite genre Novel. I like reading Novel books because there is a more chance that the book is going to be about teenage problems and thats what I like reading. The book Dancing Naked By:Shelley Hrdlitschka is about a girl name Kia who is 16 meets some guy name Derek and she starts going oout with her and she is noticing that she is 3 weeks late for period. She tells Derek that she thinks she is pregnant all he say is that is normal but she thinks to herself that is normal. Not only ...more
1.5 stars.

Dancing Naked is the classic example of why I dislike teenage pregnancy books. Reading this, I felt like I was mentally ticking every single stereotype possible off The Checklist of Stereotypes.

The main character Kia was incredibly hard for me to relate to, not least because of her extremely annoying woe-is-me attitude. It didn't help that I could tell the supposed plot twist in this book a mile off. If it hadn't been for the fact that I had to read Dancing Naked for my English class,
Jasmine Diaz
May 26, 2011 Jasmine Diaz rated it it was amazing
This book was about a 16 year old girl who lost her virginity to a guy named Derick and ended up being pregnant on her first time. When she told her boyfriend he tried making her get an abortion. When she went to the clinic to get it done Derick didnt want to go so she asked Justin her church group leADER TO GO WITH HER. she changed her mind right at the very last second. She told her parents and her parents as well told her to get an abortion but she stood her ground and said no. When derick fo ...more
Oct 22, 2010 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I choose the book because I thought it was interesting because there was this girl named Kia who is 17 and pregnant and she has a boyfriend Derek who is sticking by her side throught the whole thing but she wants to put the baby for abortion but the boyfriend doesnt he wants he to keep it. So finally she has the baby but then after she has it she puts it up for adoption to these great parents who take care of the baby very well. My book is a Romance book the setting takes place at the hospital a ...more
Alexis Wray
Sep 18, 2015 Alexis Wray rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Several kids had the opportunity to read this book in the 10th grade but unfortunately I wasn't lucky enough. This book amazed me, I thought it would be another teen pregnancy story, but it was soooo much more. After finding out how BIG of a jerk Derek was I loved Kia and the story so much more and then her youth leader Justin stepped into the picture and I thought for sure that he was a sure thing (or a solid dude) and he was all of those things but not necessarily ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Tia rated it liked it
I know it almost sounds close minded but this adoption shit drives me absolutely mad. I don't think teens should be having sex, if they can't take care of their baby. The girl in the stories talk about how it would be selfish to keep her daughter but to me, it's selfish not to. Anyone can provide for a child if they try hard enough, regardless of age. This girl just didn't want to grow up and face reality and neither did her loser ex boyfriend. Pawning off your baby on another couple might give ...more
Sarah DiRusso
May 12, 2015 Sarah DiRusso rated it it was ok
Dancing Naked is a book that manages to capture every stereotype surrounding teen pregnancy. Kia get's pregnant her first time, her boyfriend dumps her, and despite wanting to raise her own baby Kia finds a couple that wants to adopt. Kia works with her youth group at a senior home and meets an old women. The women shares some wisdom, and Kia uses the woman's name as a middle name for her child.
The book was written well and (I think) is relatable to teen moms, but the stereotypical plot is too
Stephanie Tollis
Jan 14, 2008 Stephanie Tollis rated it liked it
This book seems to me like a commonly expressed topic; teenage pregnancy. It's not the best book I've read, not really what I would call a page turner, either. I don't agree with the religious views expressed but there does lie a point within this that should be expressed to teenage girls. I do like the way the author expresses a 'motherly instinct' in Kia, the girl who is having a baby. I'm not finished reading this, but I'll soon find out if it's one to recommend or to just pass up.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing book. I will commend this book mostly to those people that are interesting in learning life lessons. This this about a teenager name Kia, she is 16 and already pregnant. She is considering in aborting her child but them she decided that she would not be able to take away someone else life. If you read it you are going to be able to find out what she did with her baby.
Diana Medve
Feb 25, 2016 Diana Medve rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very realistic story about the tough choices of teen pregnancy. It was well written and I really enjoyed it!
Geisis Medina
Nov 07, 2014 Geisis Medina rated it liked it
It was an interesting story. the beginning was my favorite part because I dint like the end. This story is a good lesson for teenagers and it also make you thing about things that happen in life.
Alison Jog
Jun 21, 2017 Alison Jog rated it really liked it
Shelves: white-pine-books
For a book about teenage pregnancy, I was surprised by how realistic it was. In today's society, the idea of teenage pregnancy has become so glorified with different television shows and movies but this book portrayed it with honesty. It was one of those books that I didn't want to put down and one where I was able to put myself in the shoes of the main character. I didn't understand the choice of title for most of the book but in the last few sections, it makes perfect sense.
Feb 07, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Dancing Naked is a unique book in it's ability to be both tremendously heartbreaking while simultaneously being wonderfully heartwarming.
I originally picked up this book thinking that it would be a light read to give myself a change of pace from all of the sad books about illness that I've been reading lately. I did not expect this book to be so heart-wrenching and meaningful, but that is really the only way to explain how this book made me feel.
While I have never personally experienced teenag
May 03, 2012 J.N. rated it liked it

The plot for the most part was predictable and felt like an afterschool special, but some of the subplots, like Kia and Grace's friendship, were neat. The pregnancy storyline was a bit on the predictable side, but I like that it tried to be realistic.


Seemed like your everyday kind of town. I did like the senior center, though.


Kia seemed realistic for the most part. I like that she struggled with the reality of what was happening to her and also with her choices, even afte
Feb 06, 2011 Fernanda rated it really liked it
Why did i choose this book?
-i choose this book because it look intersecting from the back. i had pick it up earlier but i didnt read it all i just just scanning and i put it down till i read it all and i like it alot!
-it is true because its about pregnancy and it can happen to a 16 year old.
- the setting takes place at a senior home when she volenteers to help out and at home when shes having a talk with her parents and also at the hospital when shes giving birth to brenna grace
Angelica Aranda
May 20, 2010 Angelica Aranda rated it it was amazing
the book i just finish reading in called Dancing nakes and it is a really good bok. I fell so bad for kia beacause she is 16 and she is pregnet that is really young to be pregnte and derak dosent want to be with her at all and he want her to get and abortinon so he gowa but at the wnd she dosent get it cause she fell really bad cause she want to mee the little person that is in her. only one of her freinds that his name is justin know not event her parents know that she is pregnet but when she t ...more
Apr 20, 2011 Danii rated it it was amazing
Dancing naked I chose this book because it looked intresting and i had someone tell me it was really good so i read it and it was really sad but really good i could not put this book down its mostly about this girl named kia who her boyfreind derek got her pregenet and derek tells kia right away shes needs to get and abortion and when kias in there to get it she changes her mind that she cant go throught with it and she tells derek and he gets super angry and he tried pushing her outta a car and ...more
Apr 03, 2010 Angela added it
Dancing Naked. It's a pretty good book. It's about a girl named Kia who gets caught up with a difficult situation. She gets pregnent. Of course it was a mistake and plus the guy Derek was a complete jerk. Like all guy, when she told him about it he acted as if she was just another face he didn't know. Why do most guys do that? Why don't they man up and take responsiblity like they're suppose to. It takes two to tango not just one.

To make sure Kia was pregnent, they went to the doctor, but Kia wa
Dec 18, 2012 Shalini rated it liked it
Another YA angst - Kia, a seventeen year old becomes pregnant after a 'protected' one night stand with her fickle boyfriend who immediately washes his hands off her. Surprisingly she decides to keep the baby despite steady pressure exerted on her to abort the foetus by her parents and boyfriend. She gets support from her youth group, especially its leader, who has certain issues of his own. The book goes on to describe Kia's pregnancy week by week and how finally she delivers and what she decide ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Destiny rated it it was amazing
Kia is a sixteen year old who's life turns around when she finds out she was pregnant. She is scared she is a disappointment to her parents, friends, family, and her youth group. She tells her boyfriend who is not supportive at all, and talks her into having an abortion when she doesn't feel comfortable with it. She come to the conclusion the she shouldn't be pressured to kill a baby and that she would not have an abortion. Her boyfriend decides that he does not want to put up with everything an ...more
May 07, 2010 Anners rated it liked it
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Mar 10, 2012 Juliet rated it it was ok
Overall, I found the book rather shallow. It dealt with a consistently prevalent topic in today's teens, and I read the book to see what a short, fiction novel would do with the topic and how it would speak to the demographic (sexually-active or pregnant teenage girls). But I ended up being disappointed. The novel and the characters ended up being pretty unrealistic, although by God did they try to be realistic. However, I did not give the book one star because after all the trite pages I got th ...more
Mar 14, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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May 07, 2009 Nicki rated it it was amazing
I liked this book because it was really good. It really showed how difficult it can be to make decisions and how you have to live with that decisions for your whole life. It showed that one little choice can have a huge impact on the rest of your life. I really liked the style it was written in and how it showed her journal entries. I liked how it was realistic and descriptive. I didn't really like how through out the book she didn't really have anyone who cared about how she felt and she felt v ...more
Veronica Jones
May 07, 2009 Veronica Jones rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it really showed how making tough decisions can impact your life. I think that this book was a quick easy read, and kept me pretty interested throughout. Dancing Naked wasn't like a typical teenage pregnancy book, it showed how Kia's friends and family helped her through her pregnancy. I have read other teen pregnancy books, and their outcomes have all been the same; they drop out of school, and are on welfare. My reaction to the ending wasn't that surprising, because s ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Anajairi rated it it was amazing
The book " Danicng Naked" By: Shelley Hrdlitschka is very intresting and intense. I really enjoyed reading it because it hade to do with some teenage things which i enjoyed. The book Dancing Naked is about a girl that gets pregnate at a party and has trouble telling her parents about being pregnate and some people want her to get an abortion. the baby's father does not want the girl to keep the baby. In the middle of the book is the most intese part because she's in a car with the baby's father ...more
Heather Guenther
I don't exactly know what is was about this book that made me not want to put it down. An easy read some people might describe it but it defiantly is something more than that. I liked this book's detail of how hard it is to get pregnant and not know what to do. The authors words flowed smoothly throughout the book and kept suspense of what would happen next. I loved the detail the author gave, and how the use of older technology was used, and was written in the completely correct form. This book ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It opened my eyes to what it's like for a young girl could be effected by the news of hearing that you have a baby. It gives you an insight on the perspective of the girl who is having a baby from the emotions to making decisions of adoptions. As you read you will notice that the especially the main character has a lot of voice and Shelley Hrdiltschka really gets you into the book by throughly explaining everything that happens to the character through imagery and sen ...more
A Meneses
Aug 19, 2015 A Meneses rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqi, in-english, 2015
Más bien como 3.5 estrellas

El libro está escrito de una manera simple, y aunque tiene unas frases muy bonitas (en especial las entradas de diario lo son), no es nada muy espectacular.

La autora tocó las diversas opciones que puede tomar una chica embarazada de 16 años, pero creo que al tratar de mantener a todos contentos hizo que al libro le faltara chispa. Si había problemas pero no fue todo lo profundo que me gustaría, al final todo me pareció un poco fácil de resolver y poco realista.
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Shelley discovered her love for children’s literature as a teacher. This gave her the idea to write her own books, and she is now the author of nine novels for teens, all published by Orca Book Publishers.

Shelley lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia. When she’s not writing she can be found hiking, snowshoeing, practising yoga, Zumba dancing or volunteering at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for E
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