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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  208 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Julia and Ruth have been unlikely best friends since they first met in Sunday school--Ruth was standing on the Bible-crafts table belting out "Jesus Loves Me." Now that they're a year away from graduation, they're putting the finishing touches on their getaway plans. But their dream of a funky big-city loft and rich, interesting older men is threatened when preacher's daug ...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Emily
This is another book I chose because of the cover. I love to read and the image of all of those books with the baby bonnet on top just spoke to me. As a mother, I thought I might have more in common with this book than I did. (What was I thinking?!?! It's based on high school students, haha.) This was another quick, easy read. The story was easy to follow and one that you wanted to continue reading and find out what happened. The characters were a little underdeveloped, but you got the jest of i ...more
Bonnie
With the help of some famous first lines, Julia tells the story of her best friend Ruth's pregnancy, from the confession that Ruth "did it" at a party to the summer that Ruth gives birth to a baby girl, all while keeping the pregnancy a secret. Julia is a planner and a researcher, and as a devoted best friend, she does everything she can to help the sometimes volatile Ruth make it through their junior year of high school without anyone, particularly her Bible-thumping parents, know that she's pr ...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
There is something just so refreshing about this book. It's a short read at just under 200 pages, but does it pack a terrific amount of material into it. It's got so much of what I adore in YA writing: biting humour, great lit references, sadness and joy, and a teen narrator who is self-aware. And the plot of this book? It is both awesome and a bit loonie. Some readers may have to suspend their disbelief and/or outrage at certain points in the plot. There is a lot of drama (and some lovely roman ...more
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Best friends Julia and Ruth are a dynamic duo. Julia is practical and level-headed, a calm and rational presence during times of crisis. Ruth is wild and impulsive, volatile and utterly unpredictable. The two idly dream of someday leaving their sleepy town (and Ruth’s freaky parents) to live glamorous lives in New York or LA or London. In her daydreams, Julia always pictures them together, living carefree, happy lives. Then they discover that Ruth is pregnant. True to form, Ruth reacts hysterica ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Ashley B for TeensReadToo.com

Julia and Ruth have been friends since they met in Sunday school at the age of four. They have been inseparable ever since. They attend a Christian school. Julia's mother is all about God. Her father, a neonatal nurse, remarried Miki, a pediatrician. Ruth's father is "Pastor Pete."

One day, Ruth doesn't show up at school, making Julia somewhat unhappy. After school, Julia calls Ruth after getting a a bunch of "CALL ME NOW" text messages. Ruth confesses th
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Jennifer
The novel began strongly and although Julia and her friend are teenagers, I took the story at face value rather than as 'Young Adult' fiction. Ruth and Julia are real characters. I thought it was an interesting premise for the girls to decide together to conceal the pregnancy rather than the more usual real life scenario of solitary concealment or denial. I was interested in the decision making processes and fascinated by the degree of disconnect between the girls' religious upbringing and their ...more
Connie
“I’m not going to lie to you.” What an opening line. In fact, every chapter of this book has a first line from classic literature. Julia, the protagonist, connects the first line from literature to her current situation. In this frame story, Julia, a high school teenager, ends up concocting this scheme to help her best friend, Ruth, to hide her pregnancy from Ruth’s religious fanatic parents. Added to this drama is Julia’s father, a neonatal nurse who an obsession for songs that have the word ‘b ...more
Brandy
Julia has her whole life planned out: after high school, she and her best friend Ruth are going to move out of their respective houses, get fabulous high-paying jobs, and live in a fantastic city. She and Ruth have had this plan, or a variant on this plan, for nearly forever, but the plan has some serious changes to undergo when Ruth gets pregnant. They both know that Ruth's Bible-thumping parents will not accept this turn of events, so Julia does what she does best: she makes a plan. Together t ...more
Eileen
Jul 19, 2010 Eileen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Another listing in the "teens deal with actual issues in the face of their religious family lives/social environment" section. Plus it's Canadian! What is with me and the religious Canadian YA lately? Ok: Julia's friend Ruth gets pregnant. Since Ruth's parents, Pete and Peggy, are an ultra-conservative preacher/preacher's wife combination, Julia and Ruth hatch a plot to hide the pregnancy. Then Julia discovers her stepmother Miki is also pregnant. Learning from her stepmother's midwife, Julia pl ...more
Sherrie
This is the most recent book that I received through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers group. Julia and Ruth have been best friends forever, since they met in Sunday School years ago. As upperclass(wo)men at a Christian high school, they have plans for moving away and leading adventurous lives after graduation. However, there is a big, big wrench thrown into those plans- Ruth is pregnant. Julia organizes a plan to hide Ruth's pregnancy and safely leave the baby at Ruth's church for adoption. Howe ...more
Kelly
I enjoyed this easy read. The narrator was very easy to love , and it was fun watching a type A personality come to grips with all the things she could not control. The book had. some great comedy, and had a very satisfying plot...It felt as if the story was completed by the end. Light hearted read.
Kathy
This novel, about how Julia helps her friend Ruth conceal her unintended pregnancy and then delivers the baby herself, is not particularly realistic. However, it is a quick, fun read. I enjoyed the literary quotations which started each chapter.
Lynette
I really enjoyed this young adult novel; I loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I enjoy YA books though... definitely encouraged my children to read it.
Ro
Didn't expect anything from this but i loved it! The characters were great. I wish all YA books are like this. Only bad thing was it was too short.
Stacy
I really enjoyed this book, it was sweet. I loved the characters.
Kirsten
Some reasonably-amusing characters, in some serious not-so-amusing situations..... and somehow everything works out For The Best. I don't know - the literary references didn't quite work for me (they were often quite forced, really). And the ending was pretty forced (and unbelievable) too.

I took off one full star because the book contains a word mix-up that is one of my ultimate pet peeves: using "phase" when one really means "faze". (Blame the author, blame the editor: I don't care - that is eg
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Kelly Hager
It's about two teens, Julia and Ruth. Julia is this book-obsessed girl (I in no way judge, obviously) who, when she learns that Ruth is pregnant, develops this big plan to help. She's going to learn everything about pregnancy and labor so that she and Ruth can keep the pregnancy a secret. Then, they're going to leave the baby someplace where it can be found and adopted.

It's one of those books where I liked the premise a lot more than I liked the execution. But I think the teens that are its inte
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Ari
this was okay. it was a good story I guess, but it was so not original. What with the teen pregnancy, divorced parents, new half sibling that gets all the attention, falling in love with your best friends older brother. I mean, the book was oozing cliches. What I did like was the references to all these classic novels which pretty awesome. So basically if you have nothing else to read, read this. Not to be mean or anything, but this really isn't one of those books you should go into a library/bo ...more
Mandy
I recently read several young adult books that featured teen pregnancy for a project. This was my least favorite of the bunch. The plot seemed too convenient-let's hide the pregnancy for nine months and only involve the best friend. Besides the pregnancy storyline, it was never really clear why Julia continued to be friends with Ruth since she was treated so poorly. The cover is cute, the first lines to introduce chapters were interesting, but over all this book pushed the wrong buttons for me.
Roseann
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Emily
This book was really good. I was on here one night and came across the book and i was like okay this looks pretty good. Then the next day at the library at school i saw it and i just thought im gonna get it.

This book was good at the beginning then a little dull in the middle and then i loved it at the end. I had difficulty getting into it until the Birth of Boone, then the whole story just kind of picked up and i couldn't put it down.
Brooke (i blog 4 books)
Not really what I expected. Just "meh" ... Moving on to other books.
Pam Williams
Not the most light book (I'm still needing some froth after all this dystopian drama), but close enough. Sarah Harver has a great voice and an impressive knowledge of literature and it shows in this YA novel. Julia helps her best friend, Ruth, hide her pregnancy and the delivery of the baby but things get our of hand. Very funny but not for the under 15 crowd.
LibraryGoddess
A story of 2 teenage girls, one of whom helps the other hide her pregnancy from everyone. The situation (teen pregnancy) is totally believable, but the way the plot unfolds is not completely plausible. It's a story that will probably be popular among teen girls, though, since they all know someone in a situation like this, and they wonder how they would handle it.
Tessa
Although the book has some unrealistic depictions of teen pregnancy and motherhood, I still found it impossible to put down. Once you look past some of the flaws, the characters, especially the narrator, are sweet, imperfect, and oddly easy to relate to, and ultimately, the book is as imperfect but endearing as its lead character.










Melody
How Julia copes with her best friend's pregnancy and her new stepmother and her crush and everything else life throws at her during her senior year. Nicely done, with plenty of allusions to classic literature and some warmly believable characters. The crazy/religious/evil parents were, I sincerely hope, unrealistic. A quick, enjoyable read.
Kate
I liked it! The story was interesting and heartwarming, though unrealistic. I thought the book needed a better editor (I found errors) and the title was a little misleading, but all in all it was an enjoyable read. Man I wanted to smack Ruth, she was a totally unlikable character, but the protagonist Julia was relatable and likable.
Sarah
Good enough, The plot was a little unrealistic in terms of the end. Too much worked out for Ruth despite the fact she doesn't have a father for her child and she got kicked out. Julia is a great character. I like the style of writing from her POV. The quotations in the chapters also helped the understnading of her character.
Ricki
Other than the young adult characters, this one didn't read like a young adult novel for me. The writing style and jokes didn't reflect that of a teenager. I don't mind profanity in novels, but this one seemed to have an unnecessary amount of it. I did love how each chapter began with the opening line of a classic novel.
Cora
Best book I've read all summer! I found myself relating with Julia on many levels. She is just as crazy about Charles Dickens as I am. I loved how each chapter stared out with the first sentence from a famous novel and Julia related it back to her life. It made me realize just how powerful books can be.
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