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Dessen, Sarah.
New York : Viking, 1998,
ISBN 0670877786
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   Did you know that every 51 minutes, a South Carolina teen gets pregnant?  Can you guess the estimated number of teen pregnancies for 2004?  The answer is 9,540!     Isn’t this unbelievable?  What’s going on?  Why are so many teenagers between the ages of 10 and 18 getting pregnant?
     Assuming that none of you have had children, can you imagine having a baby right now at your age?  What would it feel like to be pregnant?  How would your life change?  What would you do after the baby was born?  Aren’t you just a little bit curious?
      Well, I’ve got a “safe” way to satisfy a little of your curiosity about teen pregnancy.  Our library has several young adult books written about kids your age who find out they are pregnant.  Hopefully these books will give you a little insight into the life, body, and mind of a teenager who is about to become a parent.
     The book I’m going to tell you about today is Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen. Halley and Scarlett have been best friends for years, sharing secrets, clothes, and crushes.  People know Scarlett as the popular, flamboyant one; Halley’s just the quiet sidekick, but she doesn’t mind.  The two of them balance each other perfectly.  Then at the beginning of their junior year, things start to change.  First, Scarlett’s boyfriend Michael (the class legend, the boy to date) is killed in a motorcycle accident.  Soon afterward, she learns that she is carrying his baby.   For the first time, Scarlett really needs Halley.  But even as she does her best, Halley’s facing her own pressures:  pulling away from her controlling mother and dealing with her first serious romantic relationship.  Will Halley and Scarlett’s friendship survive these tests?  What happens to Scarlett and her baby?  Read Someone Like You to find out!  (H. Pruitt,,  Media Specialist)
SUBJECTS:     Pregnancy -- Fiction.
                        Unmarried mothers -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.


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