Friday, March 18, 2016

Novel Review: In Trouble by Ellen Levine

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Genre: YA Historical
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab (Lerner Publishing)
Release Date: 2011
Spoilers?: No.

Goodreads Synopsis:

In Trouble is a novel born of author Ellen Levine's interviews with women who came of age in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including those who knew what it was like to be a teen facing a horrible choice. In the decades before Roe v. Wade, a young woman "in trouble" had very few options and all of them meant shame, isolation, and maybe much worse. Jamie and Elaine's stories are just two among the thousands of stories of teenagers facing unplanned pregnancies.

The Cover:

While not particularly eye-catching, I do think that the cover works for the book, and I like it's subtlety.


This book was just depressing.
It’s set in the 1950’s-1960’s, about two teen girls, and what happens when they get pregnant. The author did a lot of research, and it’s definitely true that it was very hard at that time, with little options and a lot of shame on the girls for it.
While I wasn’t terribly impressed with the writing or the characterization, I do think that the subject was handled realistically.
It just depresses me.

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