Trouble by Non Pratt

Walker Books
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Unknown-3Trouble is quite different to the books I usually read. I usually read sci-fi/fantasy novels so I thought that this would make a change. All I can say is that I’m glad that I did, as this book was even better than I thought it would be! I spent half the book thinking one thing and then the surprise twist proved me wrong. There are a couple of mysteries in this book: the father, and what happened to Aaron. I thought I knew the father from the first page but it turned out to be someone totally unexpected.

The story takes place in England at about this time: the 21st Century. Hannah is 15 (in year 11) and is about to take her GCSE exams when disaster strikes! She has ended up pregnant and she doesn’t know how. She tries to keep it a secret for as long as possible but the truth has to get out sometime. At school, everyone has a different theory about the father but only Hannah knows his true identity. Meanwhile, Aaron is having trouble keeping a secret of his own, everyone wants to know two questions : who is he? And why did he move schools?

This book captivated me immediately and kept me guessing throughout. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is in their mid teens to perhaps early twenties, as some of the themes are not suitable to a younger audience.

At the start it is hard to feel sorry for Hannah as she is the sort of girl that you half want to get pregnant because of her promiscuous ways, but as the story developed I understood her more and felt a lot more sympathy towards her, in fact, I almost cried in some parts. On the other hand, Aaron seemed like a normal boy at first so I didn’t feel that he needed my sympathy but, as his story line progressed, I realised that he needed his friends more than anyone else. There were characters that you can’t help but love, making for a gripping read! Overall it was a funny and thought provoking book.


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