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Don't Think Twice by Ruth Pennebaker
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Sep 03, 09

bookshelves: young-adult

17 year old Anne should be celebrating her senior year in high school. Instead, she’s spending most of first semester far from her Texas hometown in a home for unwed mothers, contemplating the mess she’s made of her life. This novel frankly examines girls and the reasons they have sex. It is frank, but not explicit. The novel is somewhat positive, since the protagonist grows and learns from her experience. Setting the novel in the 60’s allows the author to treat abortion as an option only tangentially, so the novel won’t force contemporary teens to face the problems brought on by teen sex as directly as such a novel should. The frankness about sex is appropriate only for more mature high school readers.


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