“Of the seminal moments in my life, Careers Day in the autumn of Year 5 is my favorite. Everyone had to dress as whatever they wanted to be once they grew up. I had gone in a tweed jacket and a bow tie, and when Miss Weston asked me what I wanted to be, I told her that I wanted to be the Doctor.
‘Shouldn’t you be wearing a lab coat and stethoscope like Paul?’ She pointed to Paul Black, who was trying to strangle everyone with the stethoscope in question.
Before I could answer, a boy I didn’t know from the other class spoke up.
‘Paul’s *a* doctor,’ he explained, giving me a look of approval. ‘He wants to be *the* Doctor.’
‘Exactly,’ we said at the same time, relieved that she understood.
She didn’t. We were sent to the quiet table to reflect on why cheeking teachers was wrong.”
― Non Pratt, Trouble Troublenn n by Non Prattn nn n 3.84 avg rating — 4,590 ratings — published 2014n nn n nIn this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.nnWhen the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.nnWhen 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.”nnTold 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.n …morenn nn nnnnnnnnnnnn