Today is my slot on the blog tour for Proof Positive by Lucy Hay.
About the Book:
On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her?
An exciting “What if…” journey in the style of “Run Lola Run” and “Sliding Doors”.
Lizzie is in a public bathroom with a positive pregnancy test when her phone rings. She answers it, and her life will never be the same again. We follow Lizzie through all the parts of her decision making through to the end of her story, only to find ourselves back in the bathroom with her holding a positive pregnancy test just as her phone rings.
It sounds like groundhog day, but each time Lizzie’s phone rings it is someone different and the impact of this first conversation after finding herself pregnant changes the way that Lizzie reacts to the news, who she tells, how they react and what she chooses to do.
Proof Positive considers the consequences of a pregnancy on all aspects of Lizzie’s in life, and how it impacts on those around her. In each of the scenarios, Lizzie has to carefully consider one important question:
“Was this what I was destined to be now: someone’s mum before I had even been me?”
Through this we discover who is important in Lizzie’s life. We learn a lot about her relationship with her sister, Sal; her friend Shona; her boyfriend Mike and her parents. Each of these relationships influences Lizzie and her decision about whether or not to keep her baby in each of the scenarios. Her parents have an unusual relationship which was interesting to read about, and they had Lizzie when they were not much older than she is now, which is something Lizzie thinks about a lot. Her own relationship with Mike is something that she carefully examines each time.
Lizzie herself comes across quite whiny at times (perhaps justifiably), but she doesn’t always accept her part in what happened to her:
“Shona got a ‘near miss’ yet here was I, pregnant? It wasn’t fair”
She claims to want to make her own choice, yet in almost all of the scenarios we see her being swept along by what others want from her. Sometimes she stands up for herself, others she doesn’t. When we reach the final section of the book, Lizzie tells us:
“My decision was the right one. For me.”
I enjoyed reading this book. I was a little confused at first, but it was a great story about one girl’s journey with an unexpected pregnancy.
Does this sound like something you want to read? Get your copy of the book here.
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