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Pregnant Pause

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,440 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
A thought-provoking and courageous new novel by National Book Award winner Han Nolan.Nobody gets away with telling Eleanor Crowe what to do. But as a pregnant sixteenyear-old, her options are limited: move to Kenya with her missionary parents or marry the baby’s father and work at his family’s summer camp for overweight kids. Despite her initial reluctance to help out, Ell ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Chanelle
Mar 23, 2011 Chanelle rated it it was amazing
Wow - what a book. I didn't expect to love this one. Like, maybe, but definitely not love. And guess what? I do love it. Nolan has come along and created a book filled with characters that have been swimming around my head for days, making me think about them as if they were real. And when a book does that to me, I know I've enjoyed it.

What comes alive for me the most, in this book, is Elly. Elly is one of those characters you kind of want to smack upside the head at the beginning and say 'grow
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Ellie
Jul 15, 2014 Ellie rated it it was ok
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Reut
Jan 04, 2012 Reut rated it liked it
Pregnant Pause opens interestingly, to say the least. We have 16-year-old, pregnant Eleanor, who has just gotten married. To the father of her baby, just to make that clear. This isn't The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

To be honest, this book was initially veryhard for me to get through. The first 75 pages were an absolute slog. It took me the majority of the six days I read this book in to just build up the momentum to get through it. Anyway, once I pushed through, I was touched and fasc
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elissa
Sep 28, 2011 elissa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any lover of YA lit
Love, love, love the ending of this one. It's one of the best endings that I've read in a long time, and I'm a sucker for well-done endings. 4 1/2 stars because of the ending! I do love Elly (the main character), too. I love stubbornness and sticking up for yourself in the face of everybody in the world disagreeing with you. Yay for that! Don't want to put spoilers in this review, so that will pretty much have to suffice on what the book is about (yes, I realize I've said next to nothing about t ...more
Kyra
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Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Pregnant Pause will take you on an emotional roller-coaster and a journey of discovery and growth for the main character Ely.
This is a different spin on teen pregnancy, and I like the other themes that are woven in like friendship, forgiveness, self-esteem and taking (or not) responsibility under high pressure situations.
The characters are rich and really make this book, from Banner the whiny camper, to Lam the teeter totter husband, to Ziggy the one who confuses us even more, the in laws w
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Ruth
Sep 21, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it
One of the great social problems of our time is children having children. Of course part of the problem is that we have a larger than ever class of people who are physically mature enough to impregnate/bear children but not mature enough in other ways to be economically independent, but that's a thought for another day.

Elly got pregnant the first time she ever had sex, even though they were using a condom. Her boyfriend is a guy who is a lot of fun, but who got her in trouble in more ways than t
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Abbie
May 13, 2015 Abbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Actual rating - 3.5

Elly really annoyed me at the start of this, and although she still had annoying moments later on in the book, I couldn't help but warm to her. She was treated so awfully by her family, and it seemed that everyone she thought she could count on walked away. I just wanted to give the poor girl a hug!

There was a few parts that bored me, and as I said before, there was a few parts where Elly annoyed me, but the majority of it was pretty good.
Nicola McDonald
Apr 10, 2011 Nicola McDonald rated it it was amazing
Sixteen year old Eleanor Crowe has given her parents grief all her life. As if doing drugs and smoking weed isn't enough she turns up pregnant by her delinquent boyfriend, Lam. Fed up of Eleanor's ongoing problems, her parents give in and let her marry Lam. Eleanor's parents migrate to Africa, and she moves in with Lam at his parent's summer fat camp. At the camp Eleanor tries to adjust to married life and try show a better side of herself, but she can't seem to stop messing up. In another pictu ...more
Brooke
Nov 07, 2012 Brooke rated it really liked it
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Rating is 4 1/2 stars.

I was roaming Goodread's lists when I came across a "best YA pregnancy books" and for whatever reason I've always enjoyed books that deal with teen pregnancy. It's weird I know. When I opened the list, I was pretty disappointed in the books that were on there, because they were just the same old books everyone reads. But then I saw this one, and it caught my interest right away, because of the cute little beaded baby bracelet on t
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Samantha
Jan 15, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
Pregnant Pause deals with a whole bunch of issues, not just teenage pregnancy. There is mention of drugs, smoking, sex, self esteem issues and suicide.

I'll be honest, whilst I was reading this book, I went back and forth between cheering Elly on and wanting to smack a little bit of sense into her. It's written from her point of view so in the end that enables us to fully understand how she's feeling as her pregnancy progresses.

There's humour mixed in with the serious subjects too, Elly has some
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Chelsea
Jul 13, 2012 Chelsea rated it it was ok
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Tiffany Holme
Sep 04, 2012 Tiffany Holme rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, hardcover
This is a hard one for me and I really did enjoy it but due to having lived some of this I think I was a little more critical and emotional. Teen pregnancy is such a hard subject and Han Nolan not only does good job with it but also touches many other hard subjects while she is at it. The book was well written and doesn't waste a minute. Right from the start you are thrown into what is basically every parents fear and every teens worst nightmare. Finding out that the one moment you never expecte ...more
Liralen
Jan 31, 2012 Liralen rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, z-2012, ya
Halfway through, I thought this would be a four-star book, but as I got further in I slowly changed my mind.

For a pregnant-teenager book, I thought this was extremely well done. Not that other pregnant-teenager books that I've read were bad -- just that this offered something of a different spin. The story starts when Elly's already seven months pregnant, so although she gives us backstory when it's relevant, it's just that -- backstory -- and it doesn't get in the way of the meat of the story.
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Amber Skye
Sep 28, 2011 Amber Skye rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Is it wrong of me to have a morbid fascination with teenage pregnancies? I think they are terrible, and I understand how tolling (both psychologically and physically) they are on young teen girls, but for some reason I've always enjoyed reading about them. My current theory is that I enjoy really emotional books, and books about teen pregnancies usually kick it up a notch. They have a depth that other stories sometimes lack.

Eleanor, to be frank, is a brat. She rejects the guidance of her family
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Shaina Iascone
Jan 08, 2016 Shaina Iascone rated it did not like it
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I got to page 51 & i couldnt finish the book. I couldn't finish because it got boring. It got boring because the plot wasn't moving fast enough and getting into any details.
Sameera
Jan 17, 2013 Sameera rated it really liked it
Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan is a book about this girl, Eleanor and how she is pregnant at 16. Due to this situation, she is forced to marry her boyfriend and move to this weight loss camp that her in laws run so she can work their alongside her now to be, husband. Eleanor is not pleased about this however, she has no other choice. At first, I did not enjoy the book a lot as I thought the pace was slow, but as the book progressed, I really enjoyed it. The ending was sad as Eleanor had to decide w ...more
Melanie
May 19, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
Eleanor is a sixteen year old girl who has gotten into trouble in the past for doing bad things. Her family lived in Kenya for a couple years and then they moved to the U.S. She has a boyfriend named Lam Lothrop whom she believes she is deeply in love with. She finds out she is pregnant and even tries to force a miscarriage. Her parents make her choose between moving with them back to Kenya, or staying in the U.S. She decides to stay and the parents of the two teenagers have them get married. Wh ...more
Nina Lopez
Oct 07, 2015 Nina Lopez rated it liked it
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I was very iffy when I decided to get this book because I saw very mixed reviews, but decided on it anyways.
At first, it's a little slow, and seems to jump time a bit (or maybe that's just how I took it.?). You're introduced to a young teenage party girl who finds herself pregnant at 16. The first few chapters are the speedy fill in on her life, and how she ended up having to marry the guy that knocked her up and moving to his parents fat camp to work at during the summer. I
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Jamie Thomas
Sep 17, 2014 Jamie Thomas rated it it was amazing
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Books
Jul 14, 2014 Books rated it liked it
Shelves: ellen-s-reviews
Pregnant Pause is the realistic, touching, and sometimes very sad tale of Eleanor's teen pregnancy and the response of her friends and family to it. However, when the baby is born, a surprise awaits everybody, but for nobody more than Eleanor herself.

Whether the author intended it or not, Eleanor is a thoroughly flawed character. The kind of flawed character who usually irritates me. Although the reader is made to believe that she is a difficult, rebellious girl, in this story Eleanor comes acro
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Sydney
Mar 20, 2014 Sydney rated it it was amazing
Han Nolan's Pregnant Pause tells of 16 year old Eleanor Crowe whom just had the biggest plot twist of her teenage-rebel life; she’s pregnant. Her usual time spent partying and not caring about anything her parents tell her to do is soon to be lost, as she has two options. Move to Kenya with her conservative parents who seem to be more fond of her older more “perfect” sister, or marry the baby’s father Lam, and work at a “fat camp” that his parents own with him for the summer. She chooses to go o ...more
Margarita
Feb 15, 2014 Margarita rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: drama seekers and those who can handle a large amount common-senseless action
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Amanda
May 21, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this book in one night, and I regret nothing.

Before I say anything further, I highly recommend you go into this book knowing as little as possible. It really impacts you more if you do.

Wow, just wow. This book is so compelling, so spectacular, so fantastic. The emotions the some of the most genuine I've ever read in my whole life, and probably the most genuine I ever will read. It's so funny, and Elly is one of the greatest narrators I've ever read. She is compelling and relatable, even
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Kate Copeseeley
Jul 31, 2014 Kate Copeseeley rated it it was amazing
I had mixed feelings about writing this review because it's weird to write about such a thoroughly unlikeable heroine. In fact, the hero and the heroine and the live triangle guy are all totally NOT likeable... so make of that what you will.

Despite that, though, I really liked this book. I liked it because I thought the selfish teen characters were a lot more realistic than many in the YA novels written these days. I remember being a teen, and even though I wasn't as horrid as Eleanor, but I was
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Hollie
May 29, 2015 Hollie rated it it was ok
I got this book expecting it to be bad. Sometimes I get books that I know will be hilariously terrible just to make fun of them. This book was just as bad as I expected.
Our narrator is simply irritating. She has this strange self-awareness where she'll comment that she knows that she's being terrible, but she keeps on doing it to the extreme. It's frustrating. I kind of expect her to be dead set in her ways, but she's fully aware that she's horrendous but just keeps on acting like that.
The book
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Jamie
Dec 08, 2011 Jamie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jamie by: www.capitolchoices.org
I have always loved Han Nolan's writing, so I don't know why I was so surprised by how much I liked, and was even moved, by this book. I CRIED! ON THE BEACH! I didn't see any of the plot twists coming, but yet they were all so organic that I never felt manipulated. I loved the characters, even the bad ones. Again, they all felt so human. And I really really really loved Eleanor.
Liz
Sep 05, 2015 Liz rated it liked it
Wow.... This was a pretty good young adult novel, although it's crazy that this is considered YA! A lot of deep material.... Depression, suicide, drug use, teen pregnancy, birth defects.... If this is a reflection of what "young adults" have to deal with..... It's scary, and saddens me. My kids are growing up in a world much, much different than I had to be exposed to.
Agatha Amaro
Oct 16, 2014 Agatha Amaro rated it liked it
Shelves: books-anon
Elly is sixteen and pregnant. Her parents are extremely religious and view what she has committed as a sin. They try and convince her to not only give the baby up but to give it to her older sister who has been trying to conceive but kept having miscarriages. But our little Elly is a very stubborn young lady and tells her parents that her boyfriend and her have gotten engaged and are getting married and that she plans on keeping the baby. Her parents being as religious as they are conceded for s ...more
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Han Nolan is widely acclaimed for her evocative language, her gritty subject matter, and her ability to plumb the psyche of her characters. Her books include Dancing on the Edge, which won the National Book Award, Send Me own a Miracle, a finalist for the National Book Award, Born Blue, A Summer of Kings, and several other acclaimed novels. She and her husband live on the East Coast.
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“And she didn't once say anything about this being a sin. It used to be I got the word sin slapped in my face every time I did something wrong, but come on, when you live in a sin-free family with sin-free parents and a sin-free sister, well, you can't help but sin a little extra on their behalf.” 13 likes
“Honestly, I'm just so fed up with you. I'm at my wits' end.'
Since my mother is always at her wits' end, I'm surprised she had any wits left.”
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