Published on: August 4th 2015
Published by: Sourcebooks
Genre: YA Contemporary
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It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.
The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?
Ok, so I’ve gotta say that I have been wanting to read a book abut a single teenage father for a while. I really liked Malorie Blackman’s ‘Boy’s Don’t Cry‘ but since then I haven’t been able to find another that takes my fancy until I found What You Left Behind
Rydan, I had mixed feelings about him. He is a single dad who totally blames himself for the death of Meg (his girlfriend/mother of his child, Hope) and he is trying to keep up with work, school and his dream of getting a soccer scholarship. So yes, he is struggling and he finds out some pretty heavy stuff about Meg so there is a lot of heart break for him. Ryden takes some time to grown up, but that’s what makes him a believable character because what seventeen year old is suddenly going to change? He makes some bad choices and at times could be immature and selfish, but I found myself proud of him by the end of the book and the way in which he had grown up through the book.