December 06, 2011

Review: Twenty Weeks By Melisa Hamling

Twenty Weeks
"They said it was no big deal. The thing inside of me was just a blob of nothing, just some tissue." She paused and drew imaginary circles on her sheet with her index finger.

Sixteen-year-old Maya Rockwell thought she'd take care of it, quietly and efficiently. But everything shattered in one terrifying moment, and Maya can no longer pretend to be ignorant.  Will Maya make the right decision for herself and her unborn child? Revelations of her friend's world of abuse, death, and disaster point Maya into a taking a stand. Will Maya brave the heat of negative publicity and see justice served?

          My Thoughts:

     Once again this is another great "indie" story. This book was a really fast read. I read it from one day to the next, that's how good it was. I have learned a lot about pregnancy, implantation, and development. The baby's heart starts beating at three weeks. And in this story at sixteen to twenty weeks they didn't consider it a baby, they considered it "Just a blob of tissue." What a horrible way to speak of a fetus; a harmless tiny person. Abortion is a very controversial subject to which I do my best not to discuss. But in this story some of the biggest issues are abortion and teen pregnancy along with a few more.

In this book, you have sixteen year old Maya. Her very first time of passion with her boyfriend, she became pregnant. She never dared to tell her parents or even her boyfriend Alex. Scared, like many are, her first thought was an abortion. Maya called a women's abortion clinic and made an appointment. Upon arriving at the clinic on the day of her appointment, there were picketers there. Scared and frighten she was ushered in by security into waiting room, where in there was another girl who was in the same situation as her. Having to deal with a teen pregnancy they quickly started talking and became friends. They become each other's support system. Since Maya never told anyone she was pregnant, she found comfort in having Andrea to talk to.

      As the days came closer to their second appointment for the actual procedure, they spent lots of time together. They continued to confide in one another and were there for one another. Maya always felt something wasn't right with Andrea. But on the actual day of the procedure, Andrea confirmed exactly what Maya thought. The confession and what she witness in the clinic traumatized her to the core. And with that she made a decision in which she'll have to live with her whole life. Days after the procedure, a horrible tragedy occurred. Having found her only friend in Andrea to only lose her was devastating. Now she had to stand up for what's right.

     This book made me cry so much. I cried for Maya, because of the pain she went through when she felt she couldn't go to her parents. I cried for Andrea for what she endured in her young life. I cried because of all the teenage girls out there who get pregnant and choose abortion as a way out. This book touched so many issues. The author didn't sugar coat nothing. Everything was raw and real. I was blessed to not be a teen mom. I can only imagine how my mom would have felt had I gotten pregnant at a young age because she was very strict. It wouldn't have been pretty. But there's so much more to this book. You guys have to read it. You won't be disappointed at all. I love where Melisa took Maya's story.

      I recommend this book to every woman out there. This book is amazing! 5/5 stars! A MUST BUY AND A DEFINITE GOOD CHOICE FOR READING!



  1. Oh wow this sounds intense! I've been more into books like these since I had my son I guess i'm more aware of what they go through.

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  2. OMG! This book was sooo good! I was crying a lot through out this book. It was so intense. You guys have to read it. It's just so good.

  3. Fantastic book!! I highly recommend to all! This book is one you can not put down! Really keeps you on the edge of your seat and I did not want this book to end!! Amazing story of what really happens to alot of people in real life on a daily basis!! Go out and get this book!! You will not be dissapointed!

  4. You are absolutely 100% right Lori! This book is a must buy!!

  5. This book is a Good Choice, for sure! I love both Maya and Alex, and Andrea and Anna, even though I was sad for them.

  6. I was sad too!!! And the sad thing Rachelle is that things like that really happen in real life. This book made me cry so much.


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