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Baby Love

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Laura and Nina's friendship begins to falter in the next few months as Laura realises how controlling her friend is.

The story totally involves you and immerses yourself into young Laura's life as she experiences being pregnant in the 1960s. Nina has two brothers, Little Richard (nicknamed after the singer) and older brother Daniel, who is always kind and friendly. She can immediately transport you back to being a teenager and discovering the adult world for the first time.The narrative totally draws you in and the storyline keeps you guessing where life will take Laura and Kathleen. Although this is a work of historical fiction, it touches on issues of consent, women's rights, adoption and family relationships that are still very relevant today.

Nina immediately looks at ease and trying to match her confident friend, Laura agrees to one of the boys walking her home, including a detour on the way. Her prefab home is undoubtedly the nicest in their area, but still is in a street dubbed ‘Shantytown’ by her Grammar School classmates. I will always wonder at her ability to understand and translate such tough subjects and emotions into her words so beautifully. Aspirations to keep up with a wealthy friend are agonizing, and result in a huge mistake that she doesn’t even realise she’s making. There is so much time dedicated to the time she spends by herself, her thoughts, her time with her best friend, her crush on her best friend's brother and the different outings they have and just generally Laura changing.

This book is dark but real and I was captivated by all of the themes surrounding the main plot (don’t worry I won’t give away any spoilers! Holly BourneNever did I think upon reading this book that I would be so connected, invested and intensely engrossed as I was. This a few months down the line leads to Laura discovering she is pregnant and as the blurb states, it ends up with her being sent away.

honestly i kind of just read this for the Jacqueline Wilson primary school vibes and i wasn’t disappointed in that aspect because her writing style has not changed or developed whatsoever. Notice to Internet Explorer users Server security: Please note Internet Explorer users with versions 9 and 10 now need to enable TLS 1. The book looks at quite challenging topics such as consent, abuse and forced adoption yet does so in a way which a younger reader will be able to absorb it without being traumatised. What follows is a well-paced, emotional and intermittently heartwarming journey, one which will teach the value of families and friendships look like, the importance of consent and a good sex education.Laura’s defining quality is her love of literature: she mostly reads classics that have been left on her dad’s coach, mirroring her reality. With rare exceptions such as bank holidays, the book group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7.

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