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A Dance for Three

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  310 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Hannah: "I didn't even have periods two years ago, and now I'm probably pregnant. When did I forget how to be a child?"
Trilby: "My mom thinks I should go visit Hannah. . . . I don't know what I'd say to her. . . . What is it like to have sex? What is it like to be pregnant?"
Roman: "I know why I'm mad. I want to hold the baby too. I want to be his uncle."
When she finds o
Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 14th 2001 by Laurel Leaf (first published March 7th 2000)
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May 11, 2012 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
15-year-old Hannah discovers she is pregnant. At first she is thrilled and imagines a perfect life with her rich boyfriend. However, her dreams are shattered when Milo reacts negatively to the pregnancy and beats Hannah up. She experiences a psychotic break and is hospitalized where she does a lot of thinking.

The book seemed to be very real about teen pregnancy without getting graphic or crude. I also enjoyed the references to Mormonism without being too over the top. Hannah’s character is sympa
Aug 04, 2009 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was not as funny as Kate Bjorkman, but it's very well-written. Plummer weaves Rudyard Kipling's "Seal Lullaby" through the story of Hannah, a fifteen-year-old girl who becomes pregnant and disillusioned about her jerk boyfriend, Milo. Meanwhile, Hannah's mother, who became agoraphobic, following her father's sudden death, is reminiscent of the mom in "Everything Is Fine," which causes Hannah to grow up--and break down--too young. This book is the best of YA literature: funny, honest, a ...more
Sep 14, 2010 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My english teacher had us read this book my junior year of high school. I don't remember much about it but I do remember reading this book was the first time I looked deeper than the printed words and realized text could have more than one meaning.
Nov 02, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a creative writing class from Louise Plummer when I was at BYU. I wish I had discovered her sooner because I would have taken every class she taught. She is just so funny and smart. And she made me feel like I could write a story. Last week I decided I would look up her books at the library and see what else she has written in the 13 years since I took her class.

A Dance for Three is a young adult book, but I don't think I would want my daughter to read it until she was at least 14 becaus
Sandra Strange
This novel, centered around a teen’s pregnancy, its psychological causes and resulting struggle with mental illness, would be excellent since it deals realistically with many good issues. Unfortunately, Ms. Plummer felt she had to add a REALLY EXPLICIT sex scene to make the point that the guy involved was so insensitive and unloving and uncaring he had to “score” when the Jazz “scored.” Not only is the scene unnecessarily explicit, it’s in really bad taste, as it was meant to be. It totally ruin ...more
Priscila Cervantes
If you like to read books that have to do with life struggling about young teens, A Dance for Three by Louie Plummer will probably be a good book for you to read. This is a interesting book that starts off with the character talking about her problem, Milo. She gets pregnant at the age of 15 and Hannah, the main character, is still in school. This story is based at around her neighborhood and at the hospital. I think this was a really well written book especially because it has some funny parts ...more
I first thought of reading Louise Plummer because I took a class (Imagination and Memoirs) from her husband at BYU. Apparently, she used to teach the class with him and tons of people were disappointed that she wouldn't be teaching that semester because she'd retired. I'd never even heard of her. So now--three years later--I thought I'd like to know what it was that everyone admired about her as a writer, and I found out.

This plot, in many senses, doesn't seem new: fifteen-year-old girl meets bo
Oct 19, 2009 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for a university children's lit class, and then I made my sister read it. She was exactly one week older than Hannah is in the book at that time, and it hit her hard, which is what good literature should do. I liked this book for several reasons. The first is that it is a sensitive portrayal of teenage pregnancy. Louise Plummer surprised me on that, because normally her books are funny and light. This book had its moments of humor, so it didn't get too heavy, but it felt very re ...more
Sep 17, 2009 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really depressed me at first. "A Dance for Three" is a book about teen pregnancy, a pretty depressing subject on the outset. The father, Milo, completely rejects responsibility, and the seemingly hopeless mess Hannah finds herself in is complicated and overwhelming. For the first third of the book, I was depressed, but after Hannah is admitted into the hospital (the psych ward--I won't tell any more than that), her process to recovery and wholeness is encouraging. I ended up really lik ...more
Laura Craner
You know, this book wasn't bad but it didn't blow me away either. It was so Sarah Dessen--minus the cussing and the booze. One thing I really did appreciate was the outright Mormon-ness of the novel. I thought the bishop was an interesting character--I kind of wish the book had been told from his point of view--and I love the way the ward comes in to help out. All that aside, I think if I were still a teenage girl this book would have been VERY meaningful to me and I hope, hope, hope it is findi ...more
Jennie Lopez
Dec 14, 2010 Jennie Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My English teacher Mr, Debarger told me about this book, and so for it's pretty good i'm on page 89, and still cant stop reading. It's about a younge 15 yr old girl, who has sex relationship with a boy she's dating, and soon after she get's pregnate and the younge boy wants nO PART OF IT!So I finished(A Dance for Three)a real good book. It really let's you know people arent really the people you think they are,there's always diffrent walls attached to them. I requrment girls to read this book fo ...more
Jamie Duncan
Nov 02, 2010 Jamie Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read a book that Louise wrote, years ago, called Thoughts of a Grasshopper and I just enjoyed how her mind worked. Much different than mine, but so refreshing. This book did not disappoint. The characters were very real and developed fully and intentionally.

It is a hard topic, about a young girl going through a teenage pregnancy with many demons in her closet from a difficult set of circumstances from childhood, but throughout the book, she learns and grows and conquers.
Jun 07, 2010 Brandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds-stories
I actually think I would give this 2.5 stars. It wasn't really that bad of a book, but just like 2 stars says I feel it was "OK".

This is a book about a teenage mormon girl who gets pregnant. Not only that but how she basically has a mental breakdown and her recovery from it. I am sure this kind of thing happens, but some parts seemed a little out there while others seemed a little cliche.

I wouldn't say I don't recommend this book, but I am not saying it was great either.
Mar 25, 2010 Tracie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book some years ago, as an adult studying YA books. It's dark. And I don't remember much of the over all story--though I probably could if I tried to. But there is one part that comes to mind over and over again. In fact it came up in a conversation with a friend just the other day. One of those comments that starts out, "I remember reading in a book years ago........." And I really think this should be a must read book for teenage girls.
Feb 18, 2008 Sha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Recommended to Sha by: Fort Mill Library
I really enjoyed reading this book and love how the topic- A Dance for Three- was derived from it because its based on three point of views of a teenage girl that had evetually gotten pregnant. I becane really interested though when it occurred to me that the girl was fifteen because I am fifteen and it's just astonishing to me to read about the lives of teens my age because I never know what could come upon my life at this age.
Jan 13, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading some books I've had on my shelf for a long time and I need to clear them out. We've known Louise and Tom since Boston days and they're both talented writers. They're also very funny. This book tackles a more sober issue - teen pregnancy - and it was well done. This is also the last book I read in 2012 and I didn't make my goal of 100 books for the year. I only got to 89.
Jun 30, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely heart-rending look at teen pregnancy. The young protagonist is so certain that her boyfriend is the ultimate, that they will get married and live happily ever after with their beautiful baby, that you just sob as you watch her grow up . . . because she's hardly more than a baby herself at fifteen, and her life doesn't go as she'd planned. Gorgeous, gorgeous book!
Jul 20, 2008 Brandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
When Hannah tells her boyfriend she is pregnant, he beats her up. She is put in a psychiatric hospital after cracking one night. She is able to regain stability through psychiatric help, and at the end she decides whether to keep the baby or give it up for adoption.

DO NOT read if offended by: sex, light swearing, violence, and self-mutilation.

Dec 28, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 13, 2012 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me laugh and cry. I love Lousie Plummer, her writing style is just perfect to me. Hannah was so real, so lost without her father and mother, so perfect a victim for Milo. The journey she took to heal and find perspective was, oh I can't think of the words, I just could not put the book down.
Jun 28, 2008 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. Louise Plummer was a professor at BYU. Because of her close connection to my culture and my home, I gave her a try. This is a fantastic book about the struggles of teen pregnancy. This is the book that made me think I could possibly, one day, potentially, perhaps, be an author.
Jun 28, 2010 Kandi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this in a YA Lit class at BYU. I really wasn't too fond of the story, but there is a moment when the main character is at this concert-in-the-park type event and realizes something (hint--title of the book) that is pretty powerful. Other than that, though, I'm not a huge fan of this book.
Janelis Torres
I ReaLy Like this book when i read it. This book show me that never trust nobody with what you do.When you have a boy friend dont realy believe when he says i love you , because at the end he turns his back and walk away.This is what happend to the main character.
Dec 13, 2014 Cheyenne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I couldn't believe how disgusting Milo and his family is, except for his brother, Roman. I really hoped that Roman would of told Hannah how he felt about her also.
Over-all, i really liked it!
Apr 25, 2008 Shauna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredibly sad book about teenage preganancy and how a parents death and mental illnesses can effect their children. It ends with hope after everyone wakes up.
i wanted to absolutely love this book, but that didn't happen. i did like it a lot - but i think it had a bit more potential than it delivered and that was disappointing to me.
Hollie Viernes
Nov 18, 2009 Hollie Viernes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was alright not the best but worth reading it is about a girl that gets pregnant and hospitalized and the babies father is a total jerk
Apr 01, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book with 3 different perspectives about a girl that is 15 becoming pregnant, falling apart and finding herself again.
Dec 02, 2009 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Conclusion wasnt all that Great! I thouhght that It was going to be A Diffferent ending but I just didnt like the ending at all!
After a psychotic breakdown, the pregnant teenaged main character winds up in a mental ward for teenagers, trying to figure out her life...
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Louise Plummer is a noted author young-adult fiction and a retired associate professor of English for Brigham Young University. She lives in New York, New York with her writer/professor husband Tom. Together they have four sons.

The Plummers moved from Boston to Minnesota in 1971 when Tom took a position at the University of Minnesota. While there, Louise earned a master’s degree in English. They
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