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Belly Up

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  690 ratings  ·  222 reviews
There’s a first time for everything.

First time playing quarters.

First time spinning the bottle.

First totally hot consensual truck hookup with a superhot boy whose digits I forgot to get.

First time getting pregnant.

Surprised you with that one, didn’t I?

Surprised me, too. I’d planned to spend senior year with my bestie-slash-wifey, Devi Abrams, graduating at the top of my
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Inkyard Press
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a super informative and inclusive look at what a healthy teen pregnancy can look like and my heart is so full! I liked this so so so much.
BELLY UP is just...such a pure read? It's funny and snarky and there's a lot of friendship and family relationships. Devi is Jewish and ace and the most supportive, lovely friend. Sara's mom and Mormor are wonderful and hilarious together. I loved Morgan and Erin and their relationship and how kind they were. And LEAF. Oh my God Leaf is just. He's kind and caring and loves to cook and he's so respectful and he's a fat Rom boy and I love him with all my heart.

And at the center of it all is Sara.
Definitely on the lighter side of reproductive YA fiction, like Juno meets Gilmore Girls meets Tumblr discourse on gender/sexuality with a really sweet LI (who cooks! My Kryptonite) and very supportive friend group. (I would not be mad if the finished book had a little recipe section at the back - just putting that out there, Inkyard.) Also, a big heads-up to anyone looking for fat and/or questioning bisexual and/or biracial MCs.
Berit Talks Books
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A diverse lighthearted story. A bit of a mash up of Juno and The Gilmore Girls. Sarah is smart and snarky with her future all planned out. But you know what they say about the best made plans... and getting pregnant the summer before her senior year by a stranger was not part of Sarah’s plans. Fortunately Sarah has an amazing support system around her. I do have to give major props to Sarah‘s mother and grandmother, not sure I would’ve handled the situation quite as well. I mean I’d be supporti ...more
Dill Werner
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was a beta and sensitivity reader on this book for ace, nonbinary, and genderneutral language and topics. Although I usually don't read contemporary, I was so thrilled to be a part of BELLY UP. It's a diverse and delightful story about how life doesn't end with teenage pregnancy. It's merely starting a new chapter. The voice is told from a hilarious voice that only Hillary Monahan aka Eva Darrows can give. Don't expect a "Woe me" tale. Instead, you'll find, "Whoa, what's happening to me?" as S ...more
Audrey (Warped Shelves)
1.5 stars

This review is based on an ARC of Belly Up which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Inkyard Press).

Ahh, once again deceived by an appealing cover. This cover, it slaps you in the face that inside is a story about pregnancy, no? Well, it's not. (Okay, it is, but it's not.) Let me break down what this story is actually about.

30% food, food descriptions, "chzburgers", and oh my god shut up about food already, please? I get that our mc is pregnant but I hate when people t
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Original review posted on my blog : Word Wonders

*I received an early copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review*

CW: Racist microaggressions, explicit pregnancy, ableist language

The minute I heard the premise of this book I knew I wanted to read it. A sixteen year old girl who finds herself pregnant after a one night stand and has to navigate the pregnancy AND a new high school? YES PLEASE!! This is unlike anything I’ve ever read in YA and a narrative that definitely needs
Lost in Book Land
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got an ebook ARC of Belly Up a little while ago and I was super intrigued by this book and it turned out to be just the book for me. It went by super fast for me because I was very invested in the story and characters and being very honest I wish there was more because I could read it forever.


Serendipity is a sixteen-year-old who has been through a rough break up with her boyfriend and is now at a summer party with a friend. However, at this party, she meets a new boy, Jack. Jack
4.75* From the lovable characters and multiple brilliantly explored relationship dynamics to the humour and writing style to the exploration of teen pregnancy and the wonderfully diverse representation throughout, I truly adored everything about this book.

(Leaf has completely stolen my heart and is officially up there amongst the best YA boyfriends!)

The only minor downfall for me was the use of language in conversations between Sara and Devi, which came across somewhat cringey and unrealistic (
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book at first made me nervous to read. I liked the movie Juno and I thought this book would be like it. First thing I want to talk about is the characters names in this book. They are weird. I mean Leaf and Serendipity? What the heck. I noticed that the main character loved to mention that her family was Swedish. She mentioned it only five times a chapter. I swear. Sara aka Serendipit
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Sara had unprotected sex and is pregnant, and has decided she’s staying that way. It is what it is. But the reason it’s that simple is because of how those in her life have taken the news. Her family and friends reinforce her independence, yet tend to her. They ensure she’s well-fed and well-rested. They let her vent and cry. They let her nap. Sara’s grandmother, judgmental as she is, will snarl at anyone who dares judge Sara.

I think we all get that choosing to stay pregnant while still in high
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a sub-genre of romance books about the MC (Main Character) being pregnant.

I'm not sure why this is. I don't read a lot of romance books. But the cover of this one got me, and it sounds like an interesting read, so I chose to go in, knowing that this was about a girl, Sara, who is 17, and gets pregnant, and keeps the baby.

And if that was all there was to it, I probably would not have like the book at all. But Sara is a smart, witty girl. The people she is attracted to are also smart an
Rose Sinclair
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Belly Up!!

I rarely if ever sit down and refuse to stop reading until a book is finished, until now. The characters are great and everyone's interaction with each other adds to their character. Nothing in this book felt like filler for Drama, it all felt like an honest story that covers sexuality, gender, biracial identities, and having a baby as a teen. Most of the tension comes from the thoughts of the character instead of setting up an Bad Guy who uses kick the dog tropes to show that
Dezra Bennett
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, favorites
I laughed so much during this book and fell head over heels in love with the characters, especially MorMor. Please if you could do one productive thing today then pick up this book right now. It's so good. It has so many beautiful connections. Also this has lgbtq+ rep in it. 😊 ...more
i've got a lot of mixed feelings about this book, but mostly it's 'this family dynamic is a m a z i n g' and 'for the love of god just use the word vagina when you're talking about your vagina, instead of the 83 different names used in this book instead'.

i would've given it three stars, but then i read the reviews and saw the staggering amount of negative reviews because the main character is queer and doesn't want to force her child into gender stereotypes. so i'm giving it four stars. suck it,
Can we maybe stop using "outing" when the information has nothing to do with someone's sexual or gender identity? Thanks.

With that out of the way, let me explain why this book wasn't for me. It wasn't because of the subject matter. I was actually really interested in reading a book about a pregnant teenager, and I thought it was mostly done well. But there were so many small things I didn't appreciate, and they kept adding up. Like the previous example, or the main character's grandmother being
Jenni Frencham
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Serendipity (Sara) has revenge sex and gets pregnant. She decides to keep the baby and has to navigate her senior year of high school at a new school while also balancing the pressure of becoming a parent.

This book is definitely a "best case scenario" pregnancy story. Sara was not raped. Her family is supportive. Her school is helpful. She hits very few bumps along the road. All of that is fantastic, albeit not very realistic. I appreciated the extremely diverse cast of characters as well as Sa
This book is just as wonderful as I was anticipating! Read the full review on my blog! ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have no idea why I picked this up since it's been a while since I've read a YA book, but after finishing it in a few hours I have to say I did enjoy the characters a lot. Especially Mormor ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Teenaged pregnancy is a fact of life.  Like it or not, it happens, which is why I picked up this book.  Being a mother to two teen girls - one 17 and other 19 - I thought it'd be an interesting read and I wasn't wrong.  

Sara is a breath of sarcastic fresh air.  Her voice is fresh and real, even in the moments when she's putting up a front because she's scared half to death.  She's also very mature, never once blaming her mistakes on anyone other than herself.  It helps that her mother was also a
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc, netgalley
I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley.

I loved this book! Everything about it was amazing! It had sweet contemporary romance without characters having to be conflicted and angry at everyone for most of the story. It had rep galore in many fashions! It read like I was having conversations with my own best friends and didn't take itself anymore serious than it needed to be.

Belly Up is the story of how a reckless night at a party goes from fun to life changing. When Serendipity, Sara, has
Stay Fetters
"Snipporna? Vagoos. Vagina. Do you have teeth down there? Well, do you? Teeth? Fire? Do you shoot fire from your vagina?"

YA literature never ceases to amaze me. Those books deal with real life and talk about what is actually happening in the world of the younger generation. I actually learn more from these books than I do books for adults and I wish books like this were around when I was younger.

This book seemed like a good one to read about a surprise teen pregnancy. While the story was an impo
elise (the petite punk)
Belly Up is a hilarious, heartwarming story about teenage pregnancy and family. I was originally intrigued because I saw this title on an LGBTQ+ book list and I've never seen a YA book about pregnancy on lists like that before--I was not let down at all.

If you liked the movie Juno, you'll probably like this too. It's funny, sarcastic, and endearing, with many supportive characters. There's some really good diversity (the main character is biracial and a questioning bisexual), including characte
Amy Leigh
Jul 24, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a really cute take on a topic so many of people just don’t understand unless you went through it yourself. I love the lighthearted take on Sera’s situation but I would have loved more information maybe even in the back for any pregnant teens actually reading this looking for hope. I read an arc so maybe the finished copy does have this info? There is a lot of body positivity which is badly needed with pregnancy of any age girl/woman. I would like to see more of the real life bullying pr ...more
gingey reads
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not giving this three stars because I disliked it. It fit comfortably into that YA slot of "Difficult But Surprisingly Warm Narrative Told By Snarky Teen Narrator," which is not unenjoyable. I loved Simon and Upside and Leah, which are all prime examples of that category.

It's just, sometimes you read books that you recognize are good, but you read them at times in your life where the book kind of freaks you out. This was one of those. Pregnancy is... not always a plausible or comfortable na
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not a teen, nor am I capable of getting pregnant, but I completely enjoyed this book. It's been a rough month and somehow this book was exactly what I needed. Sweet, fun, some tears moments, some laughs. Sara was such a delightful character and narrator and I loved being along for her journey. It was also really refreshing to read a teen pregnancy story that didn't have a bad ending or a lot of hand wringing. Life doesn't end for teen girls who get pregnant, and I'm so glad that Darrows tol ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 ⭐️

This was such a wonderful read. Wrote in a light-hearted, but thoughtful way we get to see through Serendipity (Sara) Rodriguez that teen pregnancy isn’t the end of the world.

Sara had planned to spend senior year with her best friend Devi and working hard to get into a Ivy League school. She didn’t plan on moving in with her grandmother and mom and attending a new school. She also didn’t plan getting pregnant from hooking up with someone after her boyfriend cheated on her. Unable to find
Jul 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-read, audiobooks
This book was good for what it was. It's about a high school student that gets pregnant by a guy she barely knows. The book details how everyone reacted to the news and what she had to go through while still being a student. Her family and friends were so supportive and the author did a good job of describing and explaining everyone's feelings. It was nice reading a positive account of this situation and not having everything being negative, despite the situation. ...more
Janet Brown
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just the sweetest and most lovely book. Funny and great representation (including Romani rep, ace rep, trans rep, queer rep). Very highly recommended if you want an adorable YA read.
Samantha (WLABB)
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
"My mom had given me all the talks. I'd just been reckless, played sperm roulette, and lost.

Top of her class with monster SAT scores, Sara thought she was destined for the Ivy League. However, after a rebound-one-night-stand, she found her plans needed to be altered to accommodate her new impending bundle of joy.

If you asked me what my first impression of this book was, I would immediately tell you it was funny. Sara and the other two Larsson women shared an acerbic wit, which consistently made
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