Book Review – Trouble by Non Pratt

Book: Trouble

Author: Non Pratt

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5

Review: This book contains strong themes of sex, drinking, bullying, teenage pregnancy & family. This book is about 15-year-old Hannah Shepard and her journey through her pregnancy. The father doesn’t seem to want to be particularly involved so her new best friend, Aaron Tyler says that he will pretend to be the father. Both of these characters have very different pasts and for the first half of the book (ish), Aarons background is unknown, except that he transferred schools halfway through his GCSE’s. This book first starts off with a scene of underage sex and these girls and boys are obsessed with drinking and sex and there is vulgar language and cheating involved too. At first, I wasn’t sure if this would be something seen to others to be either off putting (the underage parts of it anyway) or encouraging but as the book went on I could see it as off putting, especially as Hannah has to deal with her mistakes and seems to prefer her new life. Because of all the way these teenagers spoke and acted, I honestly thought I was going to hate this book. I even originally thought I wasn’t going to be able to finish it but I did and I did enjoy the other 3/4 of the book. What I do enjoy about this book is that even though Aaron becomes the fake father to the baby, they still don’t act romantically, it doesn’t force a relationship and they can just remain friends and that the people who do bully Hannah for being pregnant do get what they deserve in the end. It;s a book not only about a teenage pregnancy but Aaron’s journey to sort of get over his past (which we do learn about later on) and knowing who your real friends are. The book skips talking about the actual birth of the baby (thank God!!) and Aaron proves himself to be such a good friend. The book also ends very abruptly, so that plus the vulgar first quarter or so of the book is what has made me give this book 3 stars, but there are aspects which I did enjoy and I am surprised that this book managed to redeem itself.


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