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Planet Pregnancy by Linda Oatman High
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Jan 09, 12

bookshelves: verse-novels
Read in June, 2011

A quick first-person account that begins with Sahara's positive pregnancy test and ends as she leaves the hospital. The sometimes-rhyming verse is occasionally effective, but several readers reported being annoyed by it initially. There's a P-Diddy reference and a couple of f-bombs, but nothing is so specific that it won't last and nothing so profane it couldn't work for some collections for younger teens.

On the down side, Sahara isn't a distinctive narrator. The teen-pregnancy issues have been done before, and her narrative doesn't do much new: she considers abortion, adoption, not telling the father, her mother, etc. I found her to be curiously distant from her baby/fetus, and the metaphor of being on 'planet pregnancy' didn't get used to full effect.

I suspect that the audience for this is at the younger end of the teen spectrum. Not as emotional as A Dance for Three or as edgy as Ellen Hopkins.
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