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Sparks, Beatrice, ed. Annie's baby; the diary of Anonymous, a pregnant teenager.

SPARKS, Beatrice, ed. Annie's baby; the diary of Anonymous, a pregnant teenager. HarperCollins, Avon. 231 p. c1998. 0-380-79141-2. $5.99. S

This is the story, written in journal format, of 14-year-old Annie and her pregnancy. What begins as a crush on a boy who showers her with attention spirals quickly downward as the boy becomes manipulative, controlling, and abusive. Annie has to come to grips with the fact that she is pregnant. She must somehow inform her mother; and she will get no support from her boyfriend. Annie wishes to keep her baby, but is confronted with the responsibilities of raising a child. She eventually decides that she simply cannot provide the kind of life she wishes for her baby. She longs for someone to talk to, but never approaches her mother, turning to her journal instead.

This book would make good discussion material for teenage girls at risk. Dating, teen sex, and pregnancy may make the material unsuitable for middle school libraries; however, Annie herself is only 14. Anne Tormohlen, Lib. Media Spec., Deerfield E.S., Lawrence, KS

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Date:May 1, 2005
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