by Laurie Plissner


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ISBN-13: 9781440557101
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 05/18/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Laurie Plissner is the author of debut novel Louder Than Words (Merit Press), which was named one of "8 books to read after Twilight" (in the company of Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins), by Girl's Life Magazine, and Screwed (Merit Press). Laurie is a Princeton- and UCLA-educated litigator. She gave up the courtroom for life as a full-time mom, although she could not overrule her love of literature. She lives with her husband and two teenagers in CT.

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Screwed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to +W/Adams Media, Merit Press and Netgalley.) 16-year-old Grace made a mistake, and now she’s going to pay for it. After sleeping with Nick (the school Casanova) in the back of his truck, she’s pregnant, and she doesn’t know what to do about it. After telling her parents and getting kicked out of their house, Grace finds herself living with her wealthy, elderly, childless neighbour, who supports Grace during her pregnancy. What does being pregnant mean for Grace though? Will her parents ever speak to her again? And what does the future hold for Grace? This was an enjoyable read, but Grace was incredibly lucky to find herself in such a good position after her parents kicked her out. Grace was a normal teen who through a lack of judgment ended up pregnant, and it was really sad the way she was treated by the people who were supposed to love her. I couldn’t believe how hypocritical and mean her parents were to her, and I felt so sorry for what Grace had to go through to do what she thought was right. Grace’s parents really were a disgrace. How they could push her to have an abortion, after all their teachings on abortion being murder, just because they didn’t want her to mar their reputation was awful, and I was glad that Grace stood up to them and called them on their double standard. What Grace did wasn’t easy, but she did what she felt she could live with, which was sensible as well as admiral. As for the storyline in this book, although I enjoyed it, I couldn’t help but think that it was maybe a little too rosy. If only every pregnant teen could walk across the street and find an elderly millionaire with no children of her own to take her in and pay for her medical care and college tuition, then the world would be a much easier place to be. While Grace did have big problems with her parents, she would have had bigger problems had Helen not come along to bail her out. I don’t remember any of the girls on ‘Teen Mom’ falling on their feet the way Grace did, and I’m sure they would have liked that! This part of the storyline did leave a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth, and made parts of the story difficult to swallow. Being a pregnant teen is not about having a rich old lady gift you with a limitless platinum credit card, and getting an all-expenses paid trip to Dartmouth. The ending to this story was also pretty rosy, and while I was happy that Grace’s life was so fabulous, I again felt that Grace’s story wasn’t that of your average pregnant teen mom, which did spoil this book for me really. Grace came out of this story having given a child to a childless couple, having found love, and having gained an extremely wealthy grandmother-type figure, and a free trip to college! It almost made me want to get pregnant and give the child up for adoption! Will Grace ever regret giving her child up? It seems not. Will the child’s father ever accept responsibility for the child? No, he got away scot-free. Are there at least some safe-sex messages in this book? Yes and no – we’re told that condoms aren’t 100% affective, it’s much better for the girl to get an implanted contraceptive, and that sex without a condom feels much better! Needless to say, that while this was a nice story, my child will not be reading this book. Overall; a rosy story about teen pregnancy. 6.5 out of 10.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: Laurie Plissner Published By Merit Press Age Recommended: Teen - YA - Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Book Blog For: GMTA Review: "Screwed" by Laurie Plissner was a contemporary YA romance read that was a real touchy subject but well written by this author. We find that this young lady is pregnant in HS that turns into a horrible nightmare for her. Grace is shunned not only by the boy that had gotten her pregnant her but also her 'god fearing parents.' Grace's parents demanded that she get an abortion and all hell breaks out when she refuses to do so. Then as the story goes on a neighbor who Grace did not really know gives her a place to live. This person evens offers her 'support that her parents did not give to her.' Now, to get more of this story and how this author will bring it all out to the reader you must pick up "Screwed" to see for yourself. Thank God for friends like Charlie and Jennifer that were their for Grace. This was some courageous young lady that had in the end been blessed with some wonderful friends and to know that 'there is always someone out their that's willing to help you.' 'Screwed" is definitely a page turning that once you start reading you will know want to put it down until the very end. This is a read that a lots of teenagers have had to face and I would definitely would recommend to book to all teens to read.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
Grace is in so much trouble when the book starts out. After 7 pregnancy tests she learns that she is pregnant and totally screwed. Good girl Grace ended up confiding in her best friend Jennifer not sure where to go. Jennifer can't believe how badly Grace has screwed up first by having sex and not telling her best friend then being so stupid as to get knocked up. Jennifer warns Grace about telling her parents knowing their religious views will only lead Grace to more drama then she needs. Of course Grace believing or wanting to believe her parents will be her parents and not cold calculating morons well let's say all hell breaks loose. They cut her off and refuse to talk to her and only change their mind to drive Grace to a clinic for an abortion. This stuns Grace as they have always been pro-life. After learning through the clinic what an abortion is about decides she won't have one which leaves Grace's parents with one option throwing Grace out of the house. Grace's neighbor Mrs. Teitelbaum comes to Grace's rescue much to Grace's parents dismay, she takes Grace to her house and helps her figure out what to do. Grace also meets Mrs. Teitelbaum's great-nephew Charlie who seems to be on Grace's side. He even has a strong dislike for Nick who wants Grace to have an abortion. Nick even went so far as to wonder if the child is his. For one thing I had a huge dislike for Nick and Grace's parents for just kicking the young Grace to the curb, yes she made a mistake but throwing her out won't help her. I applaud Mrs. T for helping Grace in her time of need. Jennifer I could give or take, she can be a tad brutal for my taste but it works in this book. I think Grace gets handed a bad deal with Nick. They may have only had three dates but his treating of her leaves much to be desired. I also applaud Ms. Plissner for her ability to write this book as a raw look into teenage pregnancy, add in religious parents who are afraid of public image and I think she really hit it with this story. Having had a baby at nineteen I can relate to some of the feelings Grace has and they are so real. It's a great coming of age story for a young girl who made one mistake the first time she had sex, then tries to make the best of a crappy situation.
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
The Low Down: What happens when the teen daughter of extremely morally upstanding parents gets pregnant? What if these parents donate lots of time and energy to a group called Save Yourself for Marriage that they helped establish at their church? What if these same parents tell their frightened daughter that she has to get an abortion, something that said parents were completely against before they found out their child was with child? And then, when the daughter refuses, they kick her out of their house? Grace Warren is super book smart. But, like any girl who isn’t part of the popular elite at school, she is so flattered when Nick Salter, captain of the lacrosse team, when he asks her to the movies after the last day of school. Why would one of the hottest guys at school ask out a math geek like herself? A perfect gentleman for the first few dates, she decides to throw caution to the wind and fall for all of his whispered declarations and have sex with him. He is her first, and though he wears a condom, it isn’t foolproof. And then, she’s the fool who gets pregnant and discarded. Grace’s best friend, Jennifer, tells her to get money from Nick for an abortion and “take care of it” without telling her parents. Certainly Grace doesn’t want to spend senior year growing fatter and ostracized? But the more Grace thinks about it, the more she can’t do it. After all, her parents are well-known to be in opposition to abortions. Grace has no doubt that, although they will be extremely disappointed in her, they will fully support her choice to have the baby and give it up for adoption. Enter her guardian angel. Mrs. Helen Teitelbaum. Finder of silver linings, bringer of assistance, helper extraordinaire. Grace’s parents are sure that Grace will give in to their demands if they kick her out of the house. But when Helen takes her in, Grace discovers that perhaps her parents are wrong in their way of handling the situation. And then Grace meets Helen’s great-nephew, Charlie, which is the first step to proving that she has not ruined her future by having the baby. Best Thang ‘Bout It: A well-written story, it never preaches toward or against either side of the abortion question. If anything, it helps to show how when an unwanted pregnancy hits close to home, it may change the debate completely. I’m Cranky Because: The combination of the pregnancy and getting kicked out is not only the catalyst of the story, it is the climax. While what happens afterwards is very heartbreaking, thought-provoking and lovely, it is all too easy. Perfect-ending type scenarios line up and are checked off. While that’s great for Grace, it felt more like a wishlist coming true than a struggle. I do not agree with some reviewers who think this story glamorizes teen pregnancy; I just think it was tied up too neatly. The only down-side to her predicament becomes her relationship with her parents, people that we don’t like anyway. We want those hypocrites to be revealed for what they are, yet there is nothing in the book that shows anything they may have suffered publicly due to their callous treatment of their only child. Certainly there are people that go to school with Grace that also attend her church. News of a teen pregnancy, especially by the daughter of such upstanding people, would fly around the congregation faster than a falling reputation. The Bottom Line: While I appreciate the dilemmas brought up by deciding to have the baby, they felt  glossed over. Worth reading, but don’t expect any speed bumps to the end. Screwed by Laurie Plissner was published today by Merit Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to Merit Press and the Author. Rating: 3 Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Ages: 13 and up You Might Want to Know: Profanity
Bonnie0 More than 1 year ago
Screwed by Laurie Plissner left me with mixed feelings. The story is about an issue many teenagers face. The decisions the main character makes are very hard decisions to make and they would be difficult for an adult to make. On one hand the main character is given hope and offered kindness in a world that can be very cruel. While I think it is good to provide the message that things can and will get better I do not think the extent the author goes to is a good way to convey the message. The main character is given far more hope than many teenagers are actually given in real life. While I like the message of hope for a better future, I am conflicted because some teenagers do not have this same level of hope. I cannot help but hope that teenagers who read this book realize that this story is kind of an exception to the rule for the situation the main character finds herself in.  Aside for the moral issue the story itself is great. The characters are well developed and the story is very entertaining. 
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
   It could never happen to me. It is the famous last words. I mean, it is like cancer, teenage pregnancy. You know people it has happened to, and with head knowledge, you know it can happen to you. But at that age, we think we are invincible really, and I remember thinking that it would never actually happen to me. That is on the first page of this book. This shouldn't have happened to *me.*    And I think that is why books like these are important, to show that it can and does happen. No matter how smart, no matter if you are a virgin, and sometimes even if you use birth control.      And yes, if you haven't noticed from my reading patterns, I am obsessed with books like these. The issue books are right up my alley.       This is the 2nd book in a row that is written in 3rd person, but this one is done better than the other. I got lost in Grace's head, and when it switched to Jennifer it jarred me for a second, and then I was into her line of thought.       One issue I had though was that Grace's parents are involved, but extreme. They lectured her for getting a B and said they would be wasting money if she went to a second tier school. And that is just the beginning. The way that they pushed her around, tried to make decisions for her and force them on her, and were generally mean people, did not sit well with me at all. As a parent to two girls, I can imagine that it's a huge shock, but no amount of shock justifies how they treated her.       The neighbor Helen though, is an amazing addition to the plot. She is a survivor of the concentration camps, so she knows suffering but she had chosen to do good things as a result. She wanted to help others, and every interaction with Grace really just shines. She helps to balance the negativity and bad treatment from Grace's parents and really just laces hope and kindness into the story.      Charlie, Helen's nephew, is awesome. He is kind, gentle and patient. He doesn't judge her and is a great friend, and along with Jennifer, helps keep Grace sane. I loved his character, he is everything a guy should be, and I def have a book crush.      The ending is perfect for the book and left me with this feeling of hope and peace, that Grace had learned so much and developed so much as a character. She made the best decisions for her, and was working on loving herself so that her other relationships would fall into place. While not everything was 100% neatly tied up, it was the best ending for the book, and it held hope and promise showed the most likely course for the characters.  Bottom Line: Screwed tugs at your heart, and examines teenage pregnancy with a fresh voice. 
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW I love the simplicity of this cover, the title and the authors name in a simple font as well as the solitary hunched figure of the girl all alone on the cover. Then you read the blurb and learn the solitary girl on the cover is Grace. The cover piques your interest and the blurb reels you in a little further. Would I pick this one up from a bookshelf, yes I'd want to know more about the hunched figure on the front cover. So Grace has ended up pregnant, proving that even the brightest girl can get caught up in the moment by the face of a gorgeous guy and the lies he spouts to get his wicked way with her. Grace's family appear pretty normal, though quite religious, and Betsy Grace's mum is the head of a group that promotes "saving yourself until marriage" so when Grace finds out she's pregnant to say it comes as a shock to her rather strait laced parents is an understatement. Betsy and Brad have always been rather verbal about the fact they are anti-abortion yet the first thing they try to do is force her to have an abortion. When Grace rebels against their wishes they simply stop talking to her, and eventually throw her and her belongings out of her home. So now Grace is pregnant, penniless and homeless too. What about the father of the baby Nick? What will Grace do now? Where will she go, her best friend Jennifer is out of town with her own parents. Grace's stunned that her formerly "loving/caring" parents have seemingly abandoned her. Grace ends up being taken in by a neighbour, who turns out to be an angel in disguise really. And that's all I am going to tell you as really you should read it yourselves. I seriously loved this book. It could be based on a true story as it is really realistic in it's content and what probably happens every day in different parts of the world. The book deals with serious issues such as, under age sex, teen pregnancy, abortion, adoption, and parental issues. All are dealt with in a serious and sensitive realistic way. With how the book ends I'm unsure as to whether there will be another book. There could be I suppose, I would probably have to read it if there was one. The book is really well written and you really feel Grace's point of view, as well as being shown the direction and point of view her parents have too. So did I enjoy the book? Loved it! Would I recommend the book? It's YA at it's best that will appeal to most ages too. My elderly mum is going to give the book a go as well as my 17 year old daughter too. Would I read a Bk#2? Yes, I think I would as there is potential for more things to happen but having said that it could all end with this book too. Would I read more by Laurie Plissner? Definitely, I will be on the look out for more by this author, I love her style of writing and her descriptions of people and situations is really realistic and believable too.