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Plan B (Surviving Southside)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  253 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Is this happily ever after? Lucy has her life planned out: she'll graduate and then join her boyfriend, Luke, at college in Austin. She'll become a Spanish teacher and of course they'll get married. So there's no reason to wait, right? They try to be careful. But then Lucy gets pregnant. Now, none of Lucy's options are part of her picture-perfect plan. Together, she and Lu ...more
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Mar 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
Well this was an extremely short read and even with taking that into account I can't say that I liked it. It felt like a really bad after school special. Simon didn't bring anything new to the whole pregnant girl in high school. The story was very typical, guy and girl have only been going out for 6 months, have some alcohol, and then have sex. She gets pregnant and and has to decide what to do. Her mom even had her at seventeen so that added to the whole cliche. I am not by any means saying tha ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is about a seventeen year old girl named Lucy; who is a dancer. Her mother had her, the same age Lucy is currently. Her father left her and her mother when Lucy was six weeks old. He couldn't handle the pressure; he wasn't ready to be a father. Moving toward, Lucy gets a boyfriend, named Luke, who's a ball-player. He gets a scholarship for college. Lucy starts planning her life. When, all of a sudden, they start taking things to the next level...and they weren't protective or safe! Luc ...more
Jan 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, fiction, ya
Lucy has a pretty great life: she’s a talented dancer with a super-cute boyfriend, she has a supportive mom and a good group of friends. She plans to graduate high school and go on to bigger and better things. When she and Luke start having sex, everything seems to be perfect–until she winds up pregnant. They didn’t use a condom the first time, and that was all it took. Now Lucy’s faced with one of the biggest decisions of her life, and she’s completely torn about what feels right and what other ...more
Alicia Samson
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked "Plan B" By Charnan Simon, because it deals with teen pregnancy. Teen pregnancy hits close to home for me. In this book Lucy is a good student and loves to dance. She struggles to make time for her boyfriend Luke, who is on the varsity baseball team. Luke is being recruited for a full scholarship to the University in Austin. Lucy has sex with Luke, because she doesn't want him to forget about her while he's in Austin. Both Lucy and Luke's parents were upset when they found out Lucy was p ...more
Kathryn CA
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I want to preface my review by saying that I really wanted to like this book. I went into it with high hopes. Actually, after finishing it, I thought that this might be a first novel for the author and was astonished to see that Charnan Simon had published 100 books.

Now to get on to the particulars of my problem with this book. First and foremost, there was very little to no character development in this novel. I don't even think there were even descriptions of what the characters looked like. T
Shawntelle Madison
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Plan B by Charnan Simon is a nice short read about teen pregnancy. The story is about Lucy, a seventeen year-old who becomes pregnant by her boyfriend--a senior baseball player. The two teens must face the consequences of their actions as her boyfriend Luke is preparing for college and a baseball scholarship.

Overall, I read this story pretty fast. The writing is done well and I felt for Lucy when she learned she was pregnant and had to go through the tough decisions to decide what to do. The onl
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good book for high interest low reading level readers. I just got this book as part of a grant collection focused on this reading group. The thing I enjoy most is the many aspects Lucy deals with during the time that she finds out she is pregnant. She looks at all the options before making her decision.

These books are clean of language. There is only one instance of alcohol use and obviously the hint that sex has occurred. A fine series for a high school.
Raquel Linwood
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book was pretty interesting but it was missing something.
Anita Zayeneh
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
Lucy has her whole future planned. Her boyfriend Luke is going to college on a baseball scholarship, then she'll follow and get a degree in Spanish so they can both teach at the same school. They'll get married and everything will be perfect. Then Lucy gets pregnant and all her perfect plans go up in smoke.
Tiasia Saunders
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very realistic and informative.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Plan B is the story of a teenage girl, Lucy, who gets pregnant after the first time she has sex with her boyfriend (without using a condom). There isn’t much in the way of a story line except that Lucy decides to have sex with her boyfriend because she is in love and then the two of them must come together and decide what to do about their unexpected pregnancy.

I really wasn’t a fan of this book, There was virtually no character development and the majority of the story was told via short conver
Ashley (Bookaholics Anonymous)
"This is intriguing to me because I work at a pharmacy and one of our drugs is called Plan B, and well I won't say what it's for you can look it up, but my mind set went straight to that as being what the story might be about so I guess I'll find out. "
This was my first thought when I saw this as a book I could get from Netgalley. So of course I requested to read it, and now that I have I can say that on some level I guess that is what the book is about, but more then that. You could also gather
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading After - isn't that funny? - by Amy Efaw, I was hoping to read a similar story with a different take, something more accepting of their situation, unlike Devon and her denial. I wanted something like Juno or like Allison in Knocked Up. That is why I decided to request for this book on NetGalley.

This book had so much potential, but never unraveled. And I am not complaining about this book's length. Good stories do not need hundreds of pages. But it would have been great if the autho
Sarah Maddaford
A bit idealistic and without a true ending, but a good quick read otherwise.

This book shouldn't lose points for not being an abortion book, but I was kind of hoping to see the author explore the results of that or adoption. Instead, the book only gets to the first doctor's appointment. All of the negatives of teen pregnancy are mentioned, but none of them are actually experienced through the character. Lucy has not had to quit dance yet, she hasn't had to worry about pregnancy and a baby effect
Heh, it's decent.

So first of all, the book did not take me a very long time to read. At most, it took me 45 minutes and I started and finished before I did the crap load of homework I had.

I found the story too cliched.

Boy and Girl date for six months. Girl thinks they will go to the same college and get married.

Parents are out one day, throw in some alcohol and teen hormones, *bam* skin on skin ensues. No protection, all natural.

Well, after that incident, it's all a slippery slope because th
-k The Lady Critic
I have always been pro-choice on just about anything – a person’s life is their own to live – and while I may be vocal when it comes to certain aspects of the lives of the people who I love, pregnancy is one of the topics that I only ever stick to listening and providing a shoulder if needed.

A friend of mine got pregnant just at the end her third year in university and she kept her baby. I don’t think that I’ve ever been as proud of someone as I am of her. She was able to complete her final year
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May 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was rather disappointed with this book to be completely honest. I had high expectations as the subject of teen pregnancy is often handled excellently by YA authors and I had hoped that this would be the case with Simon's Plan B.

The foundations of a good story were there. The two main characters had potential for development but I didn't feel that there was enough description of them to hold the story together. I couldn't even picture them properly in my mind. Lucy's two best friends, Trez and
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Plan B was an interesting book. I read it because I wanted to learn more about teen pregnancies and the consequences. However, at only a hundred pages, it didn't have much room to delve into the issues at a great length.

The story was quite typical and there weren't any great shocks or surprises. Pretty much all the characters reacted how I thought they would. I didn't like how quickly some of the characters got over their feelings or changed their mind. Realistically, it would've taken them lon
Sara (Just Another Story)
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Recently I have become really interested in books that involve teen pregnancy especially after reading Amy Efaw’s book After. Teen Pregnancy has become a huge phenomena in the last several years and with shows like 16 and Pregnant and The Secret Life of The American Teenager which seem to be glorifying teenaged parenting, and giving kids the idea that perhaps parenting at 16 wouldn’t be so hard.

I recently had the opportunity to read Plan
May 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Rating 2.5/5 stars

This is a very short novel that I read in one setting. This novel deals with the topic of teen pregnancy. While this is a heavy issue, I thought the author did a good job at keeping it realistic. It went over Lucy's feelings and how both her boyfriend, Luke, and her mother reacted when she told them the news. It covered all of Lucy options in a way that discussed them and the difficulty in making the decision without being preachy.

I had some issue with the novel when I first st
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I am on the fence about this book. Yes it was short, alot of people complained about that on their goodreads review, but that is not my issue. I think books can tell a beautiful story in less than 200 pages, but it is very rare. My problem with this book was how realistic it was.

I liked Lucy, and even Luke. As characters, they portrayed lovesick teenagers very well. Simon made me remember that time of "first love." What I didn't completely believe was Luke's fast turn-around from reluctant dad t
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-booklist
I read this as an ARC book from Netgally.I think for a short book, it was pretty good, I liked it. I believe it points out anything can happen,no matter how careful you are.Lucy has her life planned out, until she ends up pregnant. She and Luke now have to make the hardest decision of their lives.

I really enjoyed the book. It brought back my own memories of getting pregnant as a teenager and wondering what to do and how hard it is the make the right decision ( I stayed pregnant, got married and
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Lucy and Luke are the typically teenage couple. Luck comes from a single parent house but is very close to her mother. In addition, Lucy is a dancer who makes up for paying for her classes by assisting with classes for younger students.

Luke is a star athletic from s dual parent home. Luke has a chance to receive a full scholarship to Austin.

However, a one-night decision for this one couple to take their "love" to the next level leaves all plans in the future up in the air. Because Lucy finds out
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
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Jenn (Booksessed)
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really liked this book. It was a completely honest look at how your decisions have consequences without been preachy and throwing the "right choice" down your throat. I did like that the characters were easy to relate to and had honest reactions rather than everything going smoothly. The issue of teenagers having sex was done in a very tasteful, honest, realistic way; I was very thankful for that.

One of the things that I really liked about this book was the character of Luke. He is the epitome
Annabel Nylander
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Lucy who lives with her single mother and is in love with her boyfriend Luke who she spends most her time with and is a baseball player. With her life in order and set with a plan, nothing can stop her and Luke from graduating and going to Austin, until an incident holds them bound until they can figure a way out.
I think this book is a very good book because it keeps you in a good suspense until you finish the book. If I could change anything about this book, I w
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