Author: J. Andersen
Synopsis (via Goodreads): During her junior year, sixteen-year-old Maggie Reynolds expected to shop for prom dresses not maternity clothes. Now, instead of studying for the SATs, she’s reading, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Maggie’s ‘Mother Dearest’ lives in fear that Maggie will somehow taint the family name, so Maggie can’t turn to her for help. Meanwhile, her father is oblivious to anything but his 9-9 job. And her boyfriend, Justin? She’s pretty sure he’ll stay by her side. While Maggie wrestles with her options, Justin offers a solution: abortion. It would solve all her problems quickly, easily, and effectively. And her parents would never know, which means they won’t throw her out and cut her off like they’d always threatened if she got herself knocked up. Now Maggie must decide which choice she can live with: abortion or teenage motherhood. Either way, it’ll be a tough road to travel.
Author Bio: Jesse Andersen lives in a small town in Western New York with her husband and three kids. A former English teacher, she know spends her time writing while the kids are at school and the baby is sleeping. She volunteers at the local library and sings in the church band.
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Review: Books about teenage pregnancy interest me just because I like to see what decision the main character makes and what hardships she and the rest of the people effected by her pregnancy have to go through. At What Cost was a perfect example of teenage pregnancy and is one of the few young adult books about it that doesn't sugarcoat the subject whatsoever.
Maggie was an annoying character, let's just get that over with now. Sure, she had pregnancy hormones and felt like nobody cared about her at home because of her dad's job and her mom taking advantage of the money he brought in, but that doesn't mean all she had to do was complain. It seemed like that was what she was doing a majority of the time: complaining. There were other solutions she could've done, *cough, cough* TELL PEOPLE WHAT WAS GOING ON, but she never did. I guess when teenagers do realize they are pregnant, of course they are scared, but if you don't want to be alone I would tell somebody.
Either way, Maggie's story brought out the truth of teenage pregnancy without applying a bunch of coverup to hide its true identity.
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