Review “Trouble” – Non Pratt

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Review “Trouble” – Non PrattTrouble by Non Pratt
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Published on: March 6th 2012
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Paperback

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(summary from Goodreads)

In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”

Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.


Hannah, wow I loved her. Firstly because of her name, there are hardly ever any characters named Hannah so this one made me very happy. Secondly, she agrees with me that Spanner is an awful nickname for anyone named Hannah. I mean, come on guys, be a little original! And thirdly, I love her because throughout this entire book she made me smile (apart from the bits when I was meant to be sad!)

“You cant turn up for a funeral crying. It’s like turning up to a date masturbating.”

She is so perfectly written, she is one of those characters that you don’t have to trick your head into thinking she is real, she just is. She is pregnant, but she is also fifteen and so along with morning sickness and sore boobs she also has to deal with all the normal things a teenage girl has to deal with. That combination makes for some very funny reading as Non Pratt is brilliant enough to realise that just because your pregnant doesn’t mean that you automatically grow up to have the head of a 30 year old pregnant person.

Hannah’s head is a brilliant place to be and although she does have her ‘grown up’ moments when she is thinking about the real, serious, important things. They are always followed by another though which reminds you just how young she actually is. One of my FAVOURITE Hannah quotes:

“This has got to be why marriage was invented, so that when you’re pregnant there’s someone to have sex with.”

Non Pratt is a genius, no doubt about it.

Aaron had a lot going on. It’s obvious from the start he has a dark past and that his parents have sacrificed a lot to get him away from it so he can live a normal happy life. At the beginning of the book you feel like every choice he makes is either to please his parents or to punish himself. But he has a MASSIVE heart and he can’t stop himself from showing it once he finds someone to care about.

“She’s got a reputation as a bit of a … bicycle.”

The parents in this book are truly amazing. You’ve got Hannah’s mum: the nurse at the family planning clinic with the pregnant teenage daughter and her stepdad who steps up and is totally there for her the whole time and even hands over a whole wallets worth of money to escape the pregnancy hormones. Then you have got Aaron’s parents who even after going through A LOT for their son and his mysterious past support him through his fake fatherhood.

“Sleep is dangerous country. You relinquish control of body and mind, hand over everything and leave yourself vulnerable for those in waking hours.”

I’m not going to lie, I totally guessed who the baby daddy was going to be very early on. But it didn’t in any way spoil it for me, it just made me more excited for the reveal and for his finding out of the pregnancy. For those who don’t figure it out as quickly, don’t worry you don’t have to wait until the very end, it is actually revealed just over half way through. So if you’re not as brainy as me then you will still find out before the end.

I liked that this didn’t turn out to be a pregnancy book. Yes she is pregnant, but apart from sore boobs and peeing a lot and the fact that none of her clothes fit we didn’t go too in depth to the pregnancy. It was more about the emotion and how she as a fifteen year old still I school was dealing with it all. I liked it this way.

I’ve got to mention the cover here because wow it is awesome. I mean, who doesn’t love a book with sperm on the cover?!

“There are some things it is best not to repeat. I think I heard most of them in that antenatal class.”


Final Thoughts

This is Non Pratt’s debut book and I don’t doubt that it is going to do amazingly. It was seeing her at YALC and hearing her talking about this book and just herself in general that made me want this book and want is bad, and as soon as the panel was over I practically ran to the desk that was selling it. And for me, that is a big deal, because I don’t run for just anyone!

Re-Readability: Definitely

I would recommend this book to: YA contemporary, hilarious books, books with awesome covers, books about teenage pregnancy


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