Plan B

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Is this happily ever after? Lucy has her life planned out: she'll graduate and then join her boyfriend, Luke, at college in Austin. She'll become a Spanish teacher and of course they'll get married. So there's no reason to wait, right? They try to be careful. But then Lucy gets pregnant. Now, none of Lucy's options are part of her picture-perfect plan. Together, she and Luke will have to make the most difficult decision of their lives.

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Overview

Is this happily ever after? Lucy has her life planned out: she'll graduate and then join her boyfriend, Luke, at college in Austin. She'll become a Spanish teacher and of course they'll get married. So there's no reason to wait, right? They try to be careful. But then Lucy gets pregnant. Now, none of Lucy's options are part of her picture-perfect plan. Together, she and Luke will have to make the most difficult decision of their lives.

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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Lucy is obsessive about lists and plans. She plans each day carefully and makes lists of goals and dreams and plans months and weeks in advance in order to achieve those goals. Lucy and her boyfriend, Luke, know exactly what they're going to do for the next six years and there is nothing on either of their radar that would make them change their plans. But then Lucy becomes pregnant and she finds herself uncertain how to make the best decisions for herself and her child. Ironically, Lucy's mother found herself pregnant before graduating high school as well and Lucy hopes she will be supportive when Lucy turns to her for help. This very brief novel is a quick and captivating read. Lucy is faced with a decision that no teenage girl should have to face, but one that far too many young girls must address. Lucy is an intelligent girl and well aware of all her options, which is brought to the fore at the climax of the novel. Simon does not end the novel with any clear resolution on Lucy's part, but the author does take care to include every option a pregnant teen should consider. The text is part of the "Surviving South Side" series. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761361633
  • Publisher: Darby Creek Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Surviving Southside Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 342,301
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    Lucy and Luke are the typically teenage couple. Luck comes from

    Lucy and Luke are the typically teenage couple. Luck comes from a single parent house but is very close to her mother. In addition, Lucy is a dancer who makes up for paying for her classes by assisting with classes for younger students.

    Luke is a star athletic from s dual parent home. Luke has a chance to receive a full scholarship to Austin.

    However, a one-night decision for this one couple to take their "love" to the next level leaves all plans in the future up in the air. Because Lucy finds out that, she is pregnant.

    Will Lucy and Luke grow up quickly and are be able to deal with the issue that had become known. What will the reaction of the parents be?


    Reading this novel as an adult I was partial happy. I love the realistic aspect of the book but I would have like to just have a little but more to the novel. Like for example how life is now with this young couple.

    But reading this book as a teenager, I think it is a great read for that reluctant reader. It has plenty of dialogue. The chapters are short and it is a fast moving novel.

    The author has done a great job with this novel. Great flow and very much an attention getter. In addition, the cover art is another great selling point.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Buy it

    It shows that any one can get pernant

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

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    Teen pregnancy

    Lucy, a junior in high school, is dating Luke, a star athlete with hopes of a full-ride scholarship to college. His life plans and her dreams are disrupted when Lucy discovers she is pregnant. More appropriate for high school due to described sexual contact. A realistic look at the choices teen make. But the Plan B of the title is not described--the story ends with the teens going to the first prenatal appointment without making a decision what to do with their lives and the pregnancy.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    An okay start, but what happens next?

    Plan B is very short and did not really provide much closure to Lucy's unplanned pregnancy. Not only that, but it ended on a rather optimistic note -which is lovely, but I'm not sure how realistic it is. It would have been better to carry the pregnancy to term with Lucy and Luke fully understanding what it means to be teenage parents-to-be. I have a little misgiving with the title because it reminded me of the emergency contraceptive pill, which never enters the picture in any way.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

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    Good, Light Read for Teens

    After reading After - isn't that funny? - by Amy Efaw, I was hoping to read a similar story with a different take, something more accepting of their situation, unlike Devon and her denial. I wanted something like Juno or like Allison in Knocked Up. That is why I decided to request for this book on NetGalley. This book had so much potential, but never unraveled. And I am not complaining about this book's length. Good stories do not need hundreds of pages. But it would have been great if the author was able to elaborate further on the effects of teenage unprotected premarital sex. Luke and Lucy were very credible as lovesick and lovestruck teenagers. They were very in love with each other, but the quick shift into Lucy's pregnancy also created a confusing shift in their characters. I felt that Luke's sudden change from scared and irresponsible boy to dependable and mature adult was too hurried and unreal, in that it still felt like he was still acting under his parents' influence. It did not feel like how a real responsible teenager would act under the circumstances. I'm not saying that a real teen would immediately accept whatever happened, but the phases that he would go through would be very obvious and notable that when he finally accepts his responsibility, everything has fallen into place naturally. Lucy, on the other hand, was the perfect scared and confused pregnant teen. Between these two, I would have preferred more communication and action to have happened before the final outcome. Another problem I had was that this book was supposed to show Luke and Lucy's Plan B. However, even towards the end, they were still undecided about what that plan would be. The readers are left hanging as to the characters' futures and though sometimes it's good to make your own guess, I would have liked a more black and white ending for this story as I felt it required more specific answers for its very specific topic. On the bright side, the author was able to perfectly portray the causal relationship between unprotected sexual contact and growing number of teenage pregnancy - and in such limited number of pages at that. Regardless of the issues I presented above, this story is a good, light, but educational read for teenagers in teaching them about safe sex. Most reproductive health classes would appear too superficial and feigning concern for the issues but reading this book, not only would teenagers be able to accept and understand the impact of safer sex, they would also be entertained by this light and compelling read that was able to summarily delve into their world without any judgment and prejudice. And regardless of my negative points, I would still say that I enjoyed this book, although not as much as I enjoyed After, but good enough. *I received this book free of charge from the publisher, Lerner Publishing Group through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest and truthful review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

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