Between the hit movie Juno, Jamie Lynn Spears’ celebrity baby, and the current media storm around vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s daughter, 2008 seems more like the year of the pregnant teenager than the year of the rat. Looking for ways to start a discussion with your teen about the choices and challenges that arise with an unplanned pregancy?
Here are some young adult books you might read and discuss together:
The First Part Last– In this award-winning novel, a teenage father must give up his lifestyle to care for his beloved newborn daughter.
Someone Like You – Sarah Dessen’s book about a female friendship strained by an accidental pregnancy.
Don’t Think Twice – A pregnant teen comes of age in a home for unwed mothers, where she prepares to give her child up for adoption.
Borrowed Light – A 16-year-old struggles to decide what to do about her pregnancy, with little help from her ex-boyfriend or family.