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Holding on to Zoe by George Ella Lyon
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Aug 28, 12

bookshelves: young-adult, tragedy
Read in August, 2012

** spoiler alert ** This book was too short and simply written. It didn't have the impact it could have... the writing could be in J, easily, but the content is definitely mature and deserved more... effort? Attention? A more talented author?

Our young protagonist was abused as a child. She becomes pregnant by her boyfriend, who then skips town. She discovers that she's excited about having a baby to care for... a purpose. Turns out she's desiring to express the care and concern she never received as a child. When she's told her pregnancy is ectopic and must be terminated, she mentally collapses and becomes delusional. There's something here that could be creepy, heartbreaking... but the book is just too short to get there.

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