In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.
When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”
Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.
Good blurb, right? So you’re expecting a good review? Yeah, wrong.
This book was incredibly disappointing. It started off so well; teenage girl gets pregnant, the dad refuses to own up, and her friend decides to pretend its his. Okay, yes, that was strange, but also incredibly kind. I was a little weirded out, but it sort of endeared me to Aaron.
It was pretty much a downward spiral from there.
Aaron’s secret was meant to be a shocking twist, but there were too many hints before it for me to be surprised. I hate predictable plot twists like that. Where is the suspense? I need suspense to care about the characters. He didn’t develop at all after confessing that, he just stated it and it wasn’t really touched on again. With a secret as big as that, you’d think it’d be a bigger deal. Where’s the character development? It made the twist seem so insignificant to the rest of the plot.
I really couldn’t stand the main character, Hannah. She was so fake. And not in a way that makes you think there’s an interesting reason behind it. In a way that made me want to punch her in the face. Hannah, despite being pregnant, cared more about her social life than her baby. I wanted to feel her pain through losing her friends, and beg with her for the dad to get his act together. But to do that, it would actually have to be talked about. It was almost like two books had been muddled up when printing, and the pregnancy story had been lost. I was looking forward to sympathising with Hannah’s pain. But it became some fluffy teen rubbish; not something you can relate to at all.
Hannah’s friend was completely unrealistic too – seriously, is anyone really that evil? Rude to Hannah, sure, clawing her way up the social ladder, fine. Even though I’ve seen it a million times, it’s something a lot of people would do. But posting Aaron’s secret all over the school? What is this, an American teen movie? Not even a good one at that! No one would do that. I don’t care how much you hate someone, or want something. NO ONE would do something that cruel to someone else.
I don’t know what else I can say to warn you away from this. Seriously, don’t do it. It may sound good, but, in this case, you absolutely should not judge a book by it’s cover.