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Baby Love

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As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her! Sometimes the novels chosen are new, often they are from the backlist and occasionally re-issued from way back. This book I thoroughly enjoyed, it tackled a tough topic well and gives some extra information at the end of the book about adoption and consent. Baby Love is not suitable for Wilson’s more typical younger audience – it is an original piece whose characters will stick with you for a long time.

They were my safety blanket and I look back on them with fondness and comfort , and was eager to read one now I’m in my early 30s with the view of picking up from where I left off but my goodness this book is not a comfort blanket. Although this is a work of historical fiction, it touches on issues of consent, women's rights, adoption and family relationships that are still very relevant today.

The book ends up focusing on the bond between mothers and babies, and whilst I didn’t fully believe that Laura had the capacity for some of the realisations she had, I do think that could just be my scepticism. A trip to the local swimming pool begins with trepidation as Nina wears a bikini and a European holiday tan, and Laura squeezes into her old bathing suit with an anchor on her flat chest. I can’t understand how JW can completely understand teenage anxiety and make her characters come to life in such a fluid way.

I've been a Jacqueline Wilson fan since my teens and once again, she doesn't hold back in exploring difficult topics and bringing you on an emotional journey. With hard working parents who are proud of her achievements, she still dreams of a life like Nina's. Jacqueline is also a great reader, and has amassed over 20,000 books, along with her famous collection of silver rings.I will always wonder at her ability to understand and translate such tough subjects and emotions into her words so beautifully. The second half of the novel introduces new characters all caught in the same situation and all thrown into the pain and turmoil of forced adoptions. She can immediately transport you back to being a teenager and discovering the adult world for the first time. Penguin, Betrayal, Family, Friendship, Growing up, Historical, Love, Peer Pressure, School, Secret, Pregnancy, Pregnant, Shame, Belittled, Unmarried mother, Home, 1960’s, Blended Family, Hope, Despair, Loss, Adoption, Childbirth, Teen Mum, What will the neighbours think?

I have so many positive memories of reading her books as a child (and even rereading them as an adult) and I’m so excited to read a book set for young adults and one of a more adult and sensitive subject too. Reading Jacqueline's work again has really made me think about why we stop reading certain authors at specific ages.Laura’s life really illustrates the dangers of not explaining things to your child in an age-appropriate manner (her parents didn’t explain anything) but expecting them to be “chaste”. Aspirations to keep up with a wealthy friend are agonizing, and result in a huge mistake that she doesn’t even realise she’s making. Her prefab home is undoubtedly the nicest in their area, but still is in a street dubbed ‘Shantytown’ by her Grammar School classmates. The first half of the story allows us to get to know Laura with all her dreams, worries and imaginings. The connection you feel with all of the characters is almost immediate and you can't help but feel your own heart break throughout the book.

Laura comes across all sorts of girls here and they all share their tales and deal with the harsh opinions of older women and the realities of what having a baby this young can mean. She makes bonds that get her through what will be the hardest time of her short life, but ultimately make her strong, resilient and determined to fight for what she feels is right.Anche questo libro non fa eccezione: si tratta della storia di una gravidanza di una ragazzina di 14 anni, in seguito a violenza, che viene quindi portata in una struttura per ragazze madri.

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