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Small Damages by Beth Kephart
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Jul 30, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: awesome-inner-dialogue, books-i-read-to-learn-stuff, contemporary, found-randomly-at-work, reading-for-my-job, ya-loved
Read on July 29, 2012

A book about teen pregnancy set in Spain?

Not something I would normally want to read, but the blurb and those oranges on the cover were tantalizing enough to get me out of my comfort zone.

I read it in 3.5 hours.

Kenzie, pregnant at 18 with a child by a guy who is off to Yale and really doesn't see being a dad in his future, is sent off to Seville, Spain because 'we don't want our friends to know this shame'.

The writing was beautiful and full of spice and flavor and feeling. I'm not a fluffy-language type of reader, and more often than not can't get into a book that's all about the turn of words and description. Not that this book is, however. It's a book about coming to terms with a choice.

But this, through the eyes of a girl, talking most of the time to the baby inside, it was just...fluid. And evocative. I swear I could smell oranges and safron. The action is low, but the character interactions are real and heart felt.

A quick read, and worth it.
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