Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Twenty Weeks
by Melisa M Hamling

I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is AMAZING! I HIGHLY recommend ALL Young Adults read this book, including the guys!  Adults, too! I LOVED this story, and it has SO many issues to bring to the attention of everyone. This author has written an outstanding story!
This book is SO FULL of action, "of life as it happens", that when you start reading it, the  next thing you know, it is over! You don't even think of putting this book down because the story is SO gripping and compelling. It is so full of events, you are completely immersed in this story. The author does such a compelling job of bringing these characters in this story to life, you feel as if you know and have known them their entire lives. As you are reading along, the next thing you know, it is over, and you do feel a variety of mixed emotions, but still very satisfied.
The author wrote this book beautifully, and the story is so good, very realistic, interesting, and shocking at times, that we don't even think of putting this book down. I just read, and read, and read! This story could happen, and does happen to ANY one of us or our children, or our friends and their children, etc. This story is very realistic as to what can really happen in real life, and I believe this is what held my attention and kept me cut off from the rest of the world for several hours, knowing this does happen, and happens every day.
WARNING ABOUT THE CONTENT: This book IS about Teen Pregnancy, Abortion and other life events that are not very ideal, but DO happen. It is a VERY realistic account of what could happen during a procedure such as an abortion, and also contains other subject matter relating to a suicide,  drugs and one other bad thing (if I say what it is, it will be a spoiler to the people who read this book, so I will not mention it.) If you are a parent that does NOT want your child to read about these very realistic life occurrences that DO happen in real life every day, that is your choice. I can only HOPE you would allow your child to know of the things that are of our world so your children are aware and prepared if they come across some of these issues. They need to be prepared for life as it happens, and to keep them sheltered from life is not a good thing, in my opinion. Our kids DO NEED to know what IS out there. I happen to feel that ALL Young Adults DO NEED to know these types of things 'do' happen, or could happen, and this book 'should' be read by EVERYONE! Parents 'should' want their children to know what really COULD AND DOES happen in life, but I DO warn/caution you as to the subject matter of this book. NO ONE should be denied learning about the truth of the real things that do occur today, and yesterday for that matter, yesterday it was just much more secretive.
Personally, I am a "realist" when it comes to life, or at least I try to be as much as I possibly can be, as much of what I know, I want my kids to know. The hard part is when even the parent does not know what is going on! It happens!
About reading this book, if my son or daughter were younger, probably at age 12, I would have asked them to please read this book. They are older now, and I will EVEN NOW ask them to read this book, even if they are older. I have always given my children the the tools necessary to have the opportunity to know what the 'real world is really like in realistic terms', so they can move ahead and make informed decisions without wearing 'rose-colored glasses'. I want my children to KNOW what life could bring their way in their future, and for them to know I have never held anything back from them, of what I know about, of which they 'should' know as well. This is one book I would definitely WANT them to read! I think ALL Young Adults SHOULD read this book! Including the guys as I stated above!
Yes, our SONS 'need' to read this book, too. When it comes to 'Teen Pregnancy' and other decisions to be made, our Young MEN ARE JUST AS MUCH RESPONSIBLE OF A RESULTING PREGNANCY AS OUR DAUGHTERS ARE AND THE DECISIONS THAT NEED TO BE MADE! Both sexes have an equal part in the sexual encounter(s), so the decision making does NOT fall on just ONE PART of the COUPLE. It is not "JUST" the woman's issue to deal with, but  BOTH partners should be equally responsible/involved, which is why I believe BOTH sexes SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. I'm going to use the common phrase of 'you play, you pay', so be prepared to live with ANY consequence!
This book can/could be VERY controversial as well, depending upon your position of abortion, but that is NOT the issue the author is bringing up in this book. It IS discussed between the parents in this book, but this book is NOT PRO, NOR ANTI-ABORTION, IT IS JUST A PART OF THE STORY.  I want to make this clear from the start so no one decides NOT to read this book because I feel it is such a powerful book that everyone should read it. I am only covering this as it 'could be' a possible issue to some people. Some people may think it could be Pro or Anti and make the decision right there to NOT read it based upon that right off the bat. That is NOT what this book is about at all. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! I believe it is VITAL!
The author covers SO much information about these two young teenagers' lives, it is a good story and very well written, NOT to be missed!
This book is about two young teenagers, Maya, who is 16, and Andrea, who is 19. They happen to meet at an Abortion Clinic. They become fast friends. They are both pregnant and both are considering having an abortion. This visit, when they meet, happens to be their first visit to the clinic, to find out how far along they are in their pregnancies, to get a tour of the clinic, are given information to take home to read about abortions, as they must wait 48 hours before making a final decision to abort the 'glob of tissue' they are told, or not. It is the law. They exchange phone numbers, but Andrea tells Maya NOT to call her, that she will call her at all times. She is very serious and adamant about these instructions. Maya wonders why Andrea is so strict about this.
Maya and Andrea become fast and great friends. Maya ends up spending a lot of time at Andrea's house when her father is not home. She is not allowed to be at Andrea's house when her father is home. Andrea also has a little sister who is a doll. She wants to be included in all the fun these girls have together. Maya starts to learn some things that makes her question things about Andrea, and it leaves her puzzled.
The two girls have two days to decide what to do. They make their appointments and they just happen to be on the same day within a few hours apart.
Now you know the premise of this story. For me to go on any further would spoil this book for you because SO much happens! This really is all the information you need to know for now, and all I can tell you. Now it's up to you to purchase this book and read the rest of this story and just get lost in it! You really will get lost in this story. Some of it is quite shocking. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be stunned. At times you won't know how to feel. This story is so moving and touching.
The author did such a wonderful job writing this story, as I said above, you really can't put this book down. She really got into the heads of these characters and let them tell their story, and these characters did tell their story. You MUST keep reading to find out what happens next. Again, this book is so realistic, I guess that is why some of the things that happen are so shocking and the story so gripping. We find ourselves cheering Andrea on when things happen in which she needs to stand up for herself and more. This character really grows up, in maturity as well, in a short amount of time. I loved this character. She is so true-to-life, you feel as if you have known her your whole life. All the characters are written with such substance like this. The author did a TREMENDOUS job with all the characters.  She also made it so this book is by no means predictable at all! You may 'think' you might know what is going to happen next, but you don't. I think this is another reason I could not stop reading this book! I HAD to know what happened next! I can say this book held my interest from the time I opened it to the first page, until I put it down done! I HIGHLY recommend it! This is a DEFINITE 5-STAR BOOK in my opinion! If I could rate it a "10", I WOULD!
Enjoy reading this one! Make sure you have some time to set aside because I'm dead serious, you will NOT want to put this book down! I think IF I 'had' to put this book down, I would not have stopped thinking about it! I would have done whatever I had to in order to get back to it. I just LOVED this book, and you will, too! Enjoy!

I received this book for “FREE” from the Author, Melissa M Hamling in exchange to read the book and write a review about it.  It is NOT required for the review to be either positive or negative, but, “of my own opinion.”  I was provided with “NO MONIES” to read and write a review for this book, except for the pure enjoyment of reading it.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255,
Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  1. Sounds like a good YA read, seems to cover some controversial issues.
    Wagging Tales

  2. Hi Charaine Clancy!
    Thanks for reading the review I did on "Twenty Weeks" by Melissa Hamling!
    Still, to this day, I remember this book like the back of my hand! I LOVED it! It was SO intense, ever moving and SO heart touching. It is SO worth reading! The best thing I LOVED about this book is the true reality this author put into this book. Life is, life lives, life happens, life has consequences. EVERYONE should read this book. Very realistic, touching, emotional, shocking and more! Definitely worth taking the time to read it! Like I said in the review, I read it in ONE sitting I was SO into it! Melissa Hamling CAN WRITE!
    Thanks for coming by and reading my review, but most of all, THANK YOU FOR COMMENTING! It feels really GREAT to know people ARE interested and want to leave a comment! Thanks, again!
    Come on by again! I have LOTS of reviews to write! Oh, SO many!


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