Title: The Baby
Author: Lisa Drakeford
Published: July 2nd 2015
Publisher: Chicken House
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Length: 223 pages
I purchased a copy of this book.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
When Olivia opens the bathroom door, the last thing she expects to see is her best friend Nicola giving birth on the floor – and to say Nicola is surprised is an understatement. She’s not ready to be a mum, and she needs Olivia’s help. But Olivia has her own problems – specifically her bullying boyfriend, Jonty, and keeping an eye on younger sister Alice. And then there’s Nicola’s friend Ben, who’s struggling with secrets of his own …
I picked this book up when I went to YALC in London (July 18th) and I read it that same day. I had the privilege of being the first person to meet the author at the Chicken House stand and I got my book signed there and then. It was lovely to meet her before I’d read the book and I’m glad that I did because I absolutely loved it.
The Baby follows five people as they deal with the fallout of a party. The story is separated into chapters, with each chapter following a specific person. Olivia was having a party when her best friend, Nicola, disappeared and was later found in the bathroom giving birth. Olivia’s little sister, Alice, had heard the incident and later took to visiting Nicola and the baby, even though Olivia and Nicola fall out. The story also includes Jonty, Olivia’s abusive boyfriend, and Ben, her gay best friend.
I found it really interesting to read the story from everybody’s perspective and be progressed through time as well. It was a different narrative form to what I’m used to, but I think it helped me to enjoy the book more. The underlying cause of the fallout is slowly revealed throughout the chapters and I think that the gradual reunion of the friends is much better presented when you see all sides of the argument.
Each character has their own distinct personality, and I loved seeing them all weave together to create this group of teens that I really connected with. It was so heart-warming to see them all band together to get through what is essentially a tough time for all of them – even though Nicola has it worse than the others with the addition of the new baby in her life.
A really quick read, I read it in one sitting and didn’t want to put it down. Although the story is primarily character driven with very little going on other than the fallout from the party, I found it to be enjoyable and was really invested in what happened to all of them. I liked the little twists that were thrown in as well, keeping me guessing and still able to have moments where I’m surprised.
A fantastic read that is quick but very entertaining, I’d highly recommend this one.
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