How did I get it?:
I bought it!
A boy. A girl. A bump. Trouble.
Hannah’s smart and funny … she’s also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is new at school and doesn’t want to attract attention. So why does he offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah’s unborn baby?
Growing up can be trouble but that’s how you find out what really matters.
Trouble is a book that I heard a lot of buzz about before its release. I pre-ordered it, because so many of my blogging friends were really raving about it. This, of course, always makes me want to read a book. I always want to find out for myself if it’s as amazing as people say it is. I’m happy to say, in this case, Trouble really is as good as everyone is saying it is. It wasn’t quite a five star read for me, but it was a solid read, which drew me in at the first page and kept me engrossed throughout.
The story centres around Aaron and Hannah. Aaron is attending a new school, where his father teaches. He’s also hiding something that happened prior to the move of school, which is also the reason why he has had to move on. The reader doesn’t find out immediately why Aaron is running away. Then we have Hannah. Hannah is 15 and pregnant. She has an awful reputation for sleeping around. The reader can really see why she has this reputation. Hannah has safe sex with the many boys she’s been with, except for one. We’re not immediately told who the father is, but I did begin to work it out, so I wasn’t surprised when it was revealed. When Hannah finds out she’s pregnant, she feels scared and alone. She doesn’t want to tell her Mum, especially because her mother works at a family planning clinic. The only person she feels she can confide in is her grandmother.
Hannah wasn’t an easy character to warm to, but as Trouble progressed, I found myself feeling sorry for Hannah in her situation. She doesn’t have a lot of support to begin with. She loses her old friends and tries to deal with her situation alone. Aaron decides he’ll say he’s the father of the baby, to support Hannah through everything. I really liked how Aaron took it upon himself to take responsibility for Hannah, even though it was nothing to do with him. I absolutely adored Aaron and Hannah’s friendship.
I read Trouble incredibly quickly. I thought it was engaging, funny but emotional too. I really liked the way it dealt with teenage pregnancy. It’s a serious issue, so I was worried that the story would feel too bleak. It doesn’t. It’s dealt with well, but light humour is injected into the book, which I really think makes a massive difference.
Would I recommend it?:
My Life Next Door- Huntley Fitzpatrick