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Efaw, Amy

(Paperback - 2010)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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In complete denial that she is pregnant, straight-A student and star athlete Devon Davenport leaves her baby in the trash to die, and after the baby is discovered, Devon is accused of attempted murder.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Speak, 2010
ISBN: 0142415901
9780142415900
Branch Call Number: FIC E
Characteristics: 350 p. ; 21 cm.

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This book was a bit hard, emotionally, to read at times. Amy Efaw creates a young woman who in a way is a victim to her own mind, and the author really has you feel that. That being said, I do not agree with the ending. I feel the author put her own opinion into it rather than being true to her character.
Other than that, the story is well-written.

Oct 02, 2014
  • notthatjenn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. Just...wow. A tremendously tender and honest look at how the mind protects itself, even when we know we're wrong. I felt an intimacy with the narrator that I'm not sure she even felt herself. A delicate take on a brutal subject.

Aug 28, 2013
  • kiko34 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really deep and emotional book I was in tears after reading it...

Aug 28, 2013
  • mo_z rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I loved al th4e details she put in and the research she invested in to the creation of this book. I for one liked the ending because she finally understood what she did and was not trying to cover it up anymore and how she uncovered herself of her denial and faced reality in the best way she could.

Jul 26, 2013
  • sunflowerrr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really good, but I felt the ending was pretty abrupt.

ok, so i started this book and could not put it down. i couldnt stop thinking about the other girls like Devin, the girls who were scared and didnt know what to do with their baby. But i was very disappointed in the ending. it just frustrated me so much. I did not agree with it at all. i would have given it a out of 5, but i only gave it a three. It was like the writer ran out of ideas and needed to finish the book quickly.

Dec 17, 2012
  • krystalamanda16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

AMAZING!! i couldnt put it down it was such a good book but i never expected that ending!

Aug 18, 2012
  • TheOutsidersFanatic rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very moving novel. You could feel how Devon felt throughout. The twist ending caught me off guard, but still very good. I couldn't put it down.

May 13, 2012
  • GothicAngel17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was very good.As a young writer,I may have to take some pointers from her(Amy Efaw).The wording is fabulous...very descriptive...very......captivating.Not too happy about how Amy ends it before it's even ready to be over,but great story.Would recommend this to a friend.5 stars and up,I'll give it!!!

Aug 14, 2011
  • Syntelle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This novel was very moving and even painful to read at times, as I could almost feel the fear and anxiety Devon went through. In some ways I could relate to her behavior, like the way Devon always payed close attention to her surroundings. Even though the main character gave off a quiet and reserved attitude, her inner thoughts were quite loud and fervent. The birth of Devon's "dumpster baby" was a stomach churner and gave me a much more dismal view of childbearing. In media, the birth of a child is usually depicted as something to celebrate. Reading the Author's Note showed me otherwise. Not only was the plot intriguing, but Efaw's writing style was exceptional. She really knew how to set the mood of the moment. There was no need for long-winded descriptions or arduous words to depict the setting or emotions of her characters. It was simple, straightforward, but left a heavy impression on those who read this novel. To wrap things up, I highly recommend this to people curious on the topic of teen pregnancy or to anyone who likes a darker, grittier take on teen novels.

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Feb 08, 2014
  • elahny rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 28, 2013
  • mo_z rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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May 13, 2012
  • GothicAngel17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 21, 2011
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Dec 19, 2010
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Aug 28, 2013
  • mo_z rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Devon starts off on the couch in a numb pain on a school morning. Her mother had just came in from work, when she hears about an abandoned baby in a dumpster close to her street when she hears the police knock on her door, they inter her apartment to speak to Devon about the case. When Devon is unresponsive to them and she tries to walk away from it, the realises she is pooling blood and she falls in to a coma. the next thing she knows she wakes up in the hospital on life support. After they let her heal, she goes off to a detention center where she is going to live until she is 21....

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: The book was very intense at times and emotionally hard too read. If you have problems with those kinds of things, then seriously don't read this book.

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