Monday, July 6, 2015

Top ten teen YA books about teen pregnancy

The Baby, Lisa Drakeford's first novel, was shortlisted for the (London) Times / Chicken House children’s fiction competition 2014. One of her top ten Young Adult books about teen pregnancy, as shared at the Guardian:
Tess of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

I studied this at A-level. Thanks to a very clever English teacher it was not forever ruined. Tess’s tragedy is timeless and terrible. A classic which I am confident in recommending. Possibly one of Hardy’s greatest works, it came out in 1892 to mixed reviews as it challenged the morals of its time. The subtitle A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented reveals Hardy’s allegiance to his character. Tess’s baby boy only lives a few weeks but the ensuing consequences of the birth and its implications are, in the end, heartbreaking.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Tess of the D’urbervilles is one of Joanna Biggs's top ten books about working life.

--Marshal Zeringue