Aaron is the new kid in school. Surrounded by an air of mystery because no one can figure out why he switched schools halfway through the year, Aaron is unexpectedly swept into the popular crowd, where he meets Hannah. Hannah is in trouble. Though usually careful with birth control, Hannah finds herself pregnant and unwilling to disclose the identity of the father. The news of her pregnancy only further fuels Hannah’s manufactured reputation as the schools “bicycle”, and a wave of bullying ensues, casting Hannah out of the popular circle. Despite Hannah’s new status, Aaron steps up with an offer – he’ll volunteer to be the father of Hannah’s baby, even though he’s not, and even though it means his social life is over.
This book is a slap in the face of British. Get ready for British slang, dialect, customs, etc. That’s not a bad thing at all, but if you’re unaccustomed to these things (as I was), it can take a few chapters to get used to. Once you get used to it, though, this book is great. I picked it up because of the premise: boy volunteers to be teenage girl’s baby daddy even when he’s not? Yes, please. Also, the story of Hannah’s real baby daddy is crazy. Aaron also has a deep, dark back-story that is incredibly compelling. There’s a lot to love in these characters, even when they’re being idiots, and you won’t want to put this book down. Definitely one of the best I’ve read in a while. That said, this one has some pretty mature content, so be prepared if you want to try it out. Check out the flags if you’re not sure.
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