Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Don't Think Twice” as Want to Read:
Don't Think Twice
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Don't Think Twice

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Biting humor with heart makes this a perfect paperback for teenage girls.

Anne Harper, a seventeen-year-old with a hard-hitting, yet hilarious, sense of sarcasm, is living in a group home for pregnant teenagers. As the weeks pass, she comes to realize that what is growing inside her is not just a child, but also a new awareness of herself.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by Henry Holt & Company (first published April 15th 1996)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Don't Think Twice, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Don't Think Twice

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.78  · 
Rating details
 ·  306 ratings  ·  37 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Don't Think Twice
Alexis Maurer
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Don't think twice is a book about a teenage girl named Anne. She was in a relationship with her boyfriend, Jake, at the time, when her unplanned pregnancy occurred. However, she and Jake soon broke up and Anne was left to keep Jake from knowing about her being pregnant and sharing the news with her parents. Since Anne's family becomes very upset about the pregnancy, Anne is placed in a home out-of-state for unwed mothers until she gives birth, puts her baby up for adoption, and must come home ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-pregnancy
Wow... this was a great book. I have a strong interest in teen pregnancy, and have read other novels regarding the topic, so I was especially interested in reading this one because I haven't read one before that takes place in an unwed mothers home. Let me start by saying that everything I was worried this book was going to be turned out to be untrue. There is a theory that the modern media is glamorizing teen pregnancy, thus increasing the problem. When I read that this book was funny, I became ...more
Melano Durmishidze
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
"Don't Think Twice" by Ruth Pennebaker was enjoyable to read. The book was about teen pregnancy and unwed mothers. It was so interesting as I saw a lot facts like that around me and couldn't even imagine myself at that place. The books main character, Annie Harper, is not very popular at school and at home isn't that great either. Her parents constantly tell her to be more like her sister. Everything changed when she met Jake, she loved the attention from a popular boy which resulted in that ...more
Alicia Samson
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked "Don't Think Twice" by Ruth Pennebaker, because it was about teen pregnancy and unwed mothers.Teen pregnancy hits close to home for me. In this book Annie Harper is not very popular at school and at home isn't that great either. Her parents constantly tell her to be more like her sister. Annie was always the odd ball and book nerd until she met Jake. She immediately loved the attention from a popular boy and shortly after they were sexually active. Jake broke up with her before she found ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
There was a time in the United States when teen girls would get pregnant and sent to a home where they would then be convinced to give their babies up for adoption so they could go home and lead normal lives without anyone knowing they were even pregnant most times. Where are these babies? Why was shame and disgrace more important than keeping your grandchild in the family. No, it's not about endorsing teen pregnancy, but it's about family. Forced adoptions and forced abortions are so ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Didn't like the ending.
Oct 31, 2013 marked it as to-read
I picked up this book because the front cover has a picture of a young pregnant girl. This stood out to me because teen pregnancy is so prevalent in our society today. In this book, the main character was a young girl named Anne Parker. She became pregnant at seventeen years old and was sent to a special program which housed unwed mothers. She was exposed to many different lifestyles of people in her same situation. After giving birth to her baby, she had to make many life changing decisions. ...more
Deja Wilson
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book catch me within the first two pages. The book is set up like a journal of young Anne Harper. This book takes place in the late 60's. Anne is sent to a home for unwed pregnant girls. She immediately stalks about how much she hates the home and how she thinks she is better or different than everyone else at the home. Anne is seventeen when she first arrives. We are quickly introduced to Anne's room mate named Cheryl. Cheryl is very religious and it confused Anne on why she was in a home ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
The book Don't Think Twice by Ruth Pennebaker is about an unknown character who gets pregnant; she is in a home for pregnant teenagers. The girls in the home are watched by Mrs. Landing.
This book is about a 17 year old girl that gets pregnant and her parents send her to a home for pregnant teenagers. She is there with a bunch of other teen moms... The thing is that no one there is keeping their baby.
The main parts of the book are my character unknown is thinking more about her baby each day.
Celina Simon
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
While reading this book i felt like i could connect to it although i haven't gone through what she has. This book was very deeply written and the main character, Anne, explained her feeling well. The plot of the book was great because it was always exciting. Towards the end Anne had changed her feeling about her unborn baby until close to due date. Anne, like all the other unwed mothers at the home she lives at, made the decision to give they're baby's up for adoptions. In Anne's case she was ...more
Sandra Strange
Sep 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 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 ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down. It's about a girl who in 1967 is admitted into a home for unwed mothers. We read about her experiences, and the experiences of other unwed mothers, while pregnant. When I was in high school there were girls who got pregnant, but they never got sent to a home for unwed mothers. However, my Mom remembers these kinds of homes....and she did tell me stories of pregnant girls she knew who were sent to these homes.

This book is a must read! It is a great book for high
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This review is a little... late, but I've noticed that there wasn't enough reviews so why not?
This story is set in the 1960's, and is centered around a pregnant seventeen year old girl named Anne Harper. Anne lives in a group home with other unwed mothers in Texas where she learns to be herself before giving up her baby for adoption.
Personally, I loved Anne. She has a sarcastic sense of humour, and is pessimistic.
As the story progresses, Anne starts to grow and learn.
The ending was pretty good.
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Oh my gosh, I read this ages and ages ago--when I was 12 or 13 and I LOVED it. It's kind of a typical teen pregnancy story but I really liked Anne as a character. She's sarcastic and funny and so are the girls in the home she's staying in. How random to find it on a Goodreads list today!
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book back when I was in 9th grade and it is one of those books that has really stuck with me. The whole premise is pretty dark in my opinion. What they did to unwed mothers back in the day is pretty horrifying. The stories of the different girls were very realistic. Gracie's story was obviously sad but Cheryl's has stuck with me the most. Her story really struck a nerve and I could really picture it happening, even in this day and age. I admire Anne's actions when she has her baby. ...more
Sasha Neitzke
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Josalyn Wilmot
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot at the beginning and it was one that i couldn't put down. I liked this book because it was from the point of a teen mom and how she had to put her old life behind her and learn to deal with being pregnant. I also liked this book because it showed that no matter what happens in your life you always have a place that will take you in. The only thing I didnt like about it was the fact of how it ended.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dont Think Twice is a dark book with a comedic twist. Ruth Pannebaker has a great voice. She makes the character of Anne Harper seem so real. Her story makes you laugh, cry, and gasp by the way she explains her sad stoy with sarcasim. Its also good for teenage girls to read this book because it shows you shouldnt take your young life away by getting pregnant.
Dec 18, 2007 rated it liked it
Set in 1967 in a Home for Wayward Mothers, we learn about what it was like to be a pregnant teenager in the mid 1960s. All of the girls are waiting to give birth and give their babies up for adoption. They come from all walks of life and have many different reasons and things that led them to the center. The story is realistic, without being too accepting or too preachy.
I looked for this book and was only able to find it because I remember what it was about and I remembered what the cover looked like. That will give you an idea of the impression this book had on me when I first read it at age 13.
Elizabeth Lund
Complex characters and believable emotions. Definitely worthwhile. I did see some missed opportunities for drama in the plot (letters she doesn't read, religion, Harriet's story) and the time period could have been realized more fully.
May 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I think teen girls should read this novel because it's a lesson for them not to throw their lives away by getting pregnant at such a young age.
Aug 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Juno-ish! Love it!
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I liked that it was from the main characters perspective. It did not keep my interest though.
Excellent novel about a teen's experience in a home for pregnant teens; set in 1967 (the year I was born).
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Good book, written more as a diary. Very touching. Gives an inside scoop on pregnancy and the pain of giving up your child for adoption.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I think this book is good so far. I am more then half way done with it. You will never believe what comes next.
Jul 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens
This is a good book for teens who face a lot of social pressure or know someone who is pregnant as a teen.
Mar 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was sad. Even though you know what she's going to do, you can't stop yourself from wishing. The end was depressing.
Nov 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. It was a fast read. I finished it in less then 24 hours.
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »