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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  4,638 ratings  ·  718 reviews
In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’
Paperback, 381 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Walker Books Ltd
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Kori There are quite a few sexual references and a lot of swearing, but if you think your daughter can handle that I do think it's a good story to warn of …moreThere are quite a few sexual references and a lot of swearing, but if you think your daughter can handle that I do think it's a good story to warn of sexual consequences and also some good lessons on friendships. (less)
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Kori I feel like it was a story of friendship. There may have been hints of romantic attraction, but I think Hannah and Aaron were just best friends.
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Paula M

I'll be very honest now and say that the main reason I bought this one is because the cover really caught my attention. I feel like having the sperms in there made the book stands out and it makes the book more intriguing.

But the cover isn't the only one that stands out, the story itself is powerful, thought provoking and brutally honest. I've never read a book about teenage pregnancy that is so real and fun.. yes, you heard me, fun.. Well, I've never been pregnant, but when the tine comes that
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-contemporary
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Stacey (prettybooks)
Hannah and Aaron are fifteen-year-old students, attending the same school and studying for their GCSEs, yet they couldn't be more different. Hannah is quick-witted, smart and loves to have a good time (although not quite as much as her peers like to think she does), but school work is rarely on her mind as much as boys are. Aaron is a quiet boy who prefers to keep to himself, hiding from the world, trying to overcome what happened at his old school. He can barely think about it himself, let alon ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
2.5 stars
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Teenagers are awful, at least according to this book.
“It's too much to be forgiven when all you want is to be blamed.”

wtf was that ending! WHAT!

💭Pre-reading thoughts:
I have been wanting to try something by Non Pratt for at least four years and finally, I AM DOING IT.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ukya
Before going into this I thought it was going to be a 'who was the father' mystery, so I was really surprised when that's not what it was, like, at all. I really liked Hannah and Aaron and would love to read a sequel about their lives after the birth! ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I loved the writing but I feel like so much is unresolved and it ended quite abruptly!
I fucking love this book.


Some of the reasons why I love this book:

This book is amazingly colourblind. I think perhaps two or three characters have their racial phenotype referred to. Otherwise, it's a perfect example of being able to read the characters as whatever way you think of these people, with hints based on their names. Interestingly, I think to write this book in an American context wouldn't allow the author to do this. Racial identity in the UK is hardly a non-
Anabel (inthebookcorner)
Ahh just so cute!!!! especially the second half.
carolina ☾
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Hannah and her best friend,Katie, are every friday at the park fooling around with the guys from the bascketball team. Everybody knows it, they have a reputation for it.
Then Hannah finds out she's pregnant and no one to go to.
Her best friend? She can't seem to be ale to tell her
Her mother? Neither.
The Father? Not an option
She goes to her grandmother,who she can trust not to tell her mother.
Her best friend is slipping away from her, when she finds out, she's just pissed off becaause
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
This and other reviews can be found on my blog: Book Blog Bird

I picked up Trouble from the library, quite excited because it had been on my radar for a while. All I really knew about it was the blurb - it’s a contemporary YA novel about a fifteen year old girl who gets pregnant and a friend of hers offers to pretend to be the father.

I think I built this book up in my mind too much. I saw that it was about underage pregnancy and that it was all acclaimed and everything and I thought that it would
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Buddy read with Amber.

I’ll be honest, Trouble never really captured my attention until I went to an author Q&A/signing when Non Pratt visited Birmingham close to the end of 2014. It was then that I became more aware of the book and noticed the high praises. I adore YA contemporary but sometimes when something different comes along – like Trouble appeared to be – I hesitate. I start worrying if it’s going to be any good and if I’m going to enj
Sarah Churchill
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Trouble even more than I thought I would. At first I thought it was going to be a Juno-like story, but with characters that would fit right into Skins - not exactly people I'd relate to. I ended up adoring all of the characters (except the big jerks, obviously), and being drawn into the complex relationships. I loved the dual POV of both Hannah and Aaron; two very different voices that ultimately fit together like two pieces of a puzzle. The fact that they're both so quick witted made ...more
Kara Babcock
Juno is a fun movie. Ellen Page nails it as the title character, conveying exactly the intended idea that a lot of the weirdness about teen pregnancy comes from our hang-ups, as a society, about young women/girls. In the movie’s desire to concentrate on how Juno navigates this brave new world, however, Michael Cera’s character—the babydaddy—plays only a minor role. That’s fine for the story Juno wants to tell. But I basically think now of Trouble as “like Juno, but with a father involved.” Not t ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry in a coffee shop. Who would have thought that would happen with me. Brilliant book. Full review to come. :)

Oh how this book had so many feels, and I was on the verge of tears when it came to the end. Trouble is a book that I've always been conscientious about reading because of it plot line and teenage pregnancy. Its not something I really want to read about when I see it on a day to day basis. But was I wrong, yes! Miss Pratt created a far more beautiful rendition of a con
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
While Trouble is written in an effortlessly engaging style I wasn't sure whether this would be my thing despite it having 5 star ratings from trusted friends. Look, it opens with a dose of partying, alcohol, random sexytimes, attitude and angst, and some school mean girl undertones. I have definitely outgrown these themes (they have never been my-kind-of-thing in YA) but Hannah's voice was so refreshing that despite everything I continued on. And I'm glad I did.

I was hooked on voice from the st
Shannon (kitchandpages)
Actual Rating 4.5 stars
Gahhhh. Just finished this and I'm laughing and crying at the same time!! When I started Trouble, I was skeptical and didn't know if I was going to finish it, but I kept reading because it had great ratings from a lot of people whose opinions I trust. But WOW, I ended up loving this book. It's so original and beautiful in its own way. Endearing and real. I SO recommend this one!!!
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting to read trouble for a long time and I am delighted to say it didn't disappoint. Trouble is the story of Hannah and Aaron. Hannah is 15 and pregnant and Aaron is the new boy at school who pretends to be the father of her child. It was the perfect read for me for several reasons.

Firstly the voices of both Aaron and Hannah are spot on. The way they think, the way chat about things with their friends captures all those thoughts and feelings of a 15 year old and it draws you comp
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was first brought to my attention by someone I follow, who recommended this book to everyone she possibly could, giving it a glowing review. I like most books that she does, so when I saw it in the library I thought "why not?". And Becky was not wrong, it was a very good book. But it's one of those books that have me completely torn - on one hand I love the issue it tackled, it had very real characters and the book engaged me. But then I didn't like the way it dealt with certain issues ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Hannah Shepard hooks up with guys to distract her from missing the real love of her life. People label her as a slut and it doesn't really help that she gets pregnant.

Aaron Tyler lost someone he cared for and wanted a fresh start to make a difference in the hopes of redeeming himself. He pretends to be the father of Hannah's baby in the hopes of relieving some of his guilt.

I liked the relationship of the two characters as well as their individual personalities. I would have liked to know if they
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I enjoyed this book, I liked the relationship between Hannah and Aaron, as well as the conversations between Aaron and Neville and I was really wanted to read a friendship story. So that was nice.

But felt the story was a bit predictable.

The story ended where I thought it was going to end, but like a lot of contemporary books you always want to know a bit more after, rather than just finishing where they do.
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
More of a 2.5 star read.

The first half was really dragging, but things picked up after a while and I like how the book ended. Full review to come!
Really liked this one <3
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Trouble Review on K-Books

Note: Before I go on to review this book I just want to say that this is possibly the hardest review I have ever wrote. Nothing that I wrote was ever good enough for the masterpiece that this book is. I started this review 5 times before I decided to sit down with some pen and paper and handwrite the review. (I do this when I really can't write a review as it helps me get my thoughts into words.) After all the trouble starting this review I am so thrilled with it and pro
I've been going back and forth whether I should rate three or four stars. For a good chunk of the book I would say it was firmly at a three but I was very satisfied with the ending so I'm going with four for now.

This is a dual perspective contemporary ya novel about two teens one of whom finds herself pregnant at fifteen and the other a boy that just moved schools dealing with starting over in a new environment after troubles at his old school. They strike up an unlikely friendship and find the
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Originally posted at my blog The Bibliolater

Reasons why TROUBLE will be your new favourite book:

1. It explores family themes like no other book. When you start this book, it’s pretty obvious this will explore families (I mean, there’s fucking sperms on the cover, what do you really expect?), but I never knew it would do it just so well. I loved the dynamics between everyone because they were so realistic, and family life was captured so well. Hannah’s family really became my own while I was read
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
Like the writing. Story also not bad it’s just not very memorable.
Jaime Arkin
4.5 Stars

From the moment I saw the summary of Trouble I knew I had to get my hands on it. The quick and dirty summary is when Hannah finds out she is pregnant, she can’t disclose who the father of the baby is. Aaron the new boy at school does something unthinkable and offers to take on the role and support her in every way that he can.

Trouble is at times a gritty and realistic portrayal of the lives of teens and teen issues – Pratt touches on drinking, drugs and definitely sex and she doesn’t
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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WOW!!! That was pretty damn near perfect. And I don't mean in the conventional way, absolutely positively the opposite. Non Pratt has crafted an elegant coming of age tale about a girl, a boy, a bun in the oven and all the trouble that ensues when one boy, a new boy, decides to take on the role of 'baby daddy'. When I first came upon this book while browsing through GoodReads, I thought to myself, "Not really into the whole teen pregnancy narrative", Katie
Irina Elena
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a bold, humourous, sensitive and extremely engaging book - one that I, sadly, would have passed upon (because teen pregnancy) if I hadn't decided to give the first chapter a try and gotten completely sucked in.

As I am not currently able to write a decent review since my life is chaos, I will leave you this as an apology gift, because it says all the things I want to say.

Hannah and Aaron are characters I absolutely fell in love with.
They are flawed as people, and that makes them nuanced,
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Non Pratt started her career working on non-fiction activity books at Usborne, before becoming an editor at Catnip Publishing. Her debut novel TROUBLE shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award, with rights sold to the USA, Germany and Brazil. Her second novel, REMIX came out in 2015 and a novella, UNBOXED for Barrington Stoke in 2016. Her third novel with Walker Books, TRUTH O ...more

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