A few years back, my state was all abuzz with the news that there was a number of pregnant girls at ONE high school and rumors of a pact swirled. As a mother of four girls, this was a horrifying thought, but one I quickly pushed from my mind with a quick- not my daughter(s). You see, I miscarried my first pregnancy on my 20th birthday. And delivered my oldest just 9 weeks before my 21st. And though I have always been quick to tell my girls I wouldn't change having them for anything in the world, that if I could grown up, been more educated, traveled more, got married, bought a house- been stable- before having them, I would totally go back and do it all again... that way. I emphasis that everything has it's time in life and my girls have been well educated about all of their options and my feelings about them being intimate. That's why I had to buy this book...
The very day it came out.
I finished reading it two days ago and wow. I don't know where to start. It was horrifying and wonderful all in one. And the book contained more relationships than you could hope for... that of the mothers and teenage girls. The teenage girls' friendship, the mothers' friendship, the mothers' and fathers' relationships- both generations, and the mothers' relationships with their parents. And of course, everyone's place in the community and how the communities- school, business, town - react to and deal with the news. This story was so well told, that I felt myself alternately wanting to shake and hug the teenage girls. And don't even get me started on the adults in the book. As if all of that doesn't make the story rich enough, there is a whole other layer to the book- knitting. I don't even knit and instead of finding myself aggravated by the knitting and hand dyed wool references and storyline, I was interested and found it added even more to an already awesome (alarming, astonishing, awe-inspiring, awful, beautiful, daunting, dreadful, frantic, frightening, horrible, horrifying, imposing, mind-blowing, moving, overwhelming, shocking, stunning, stupefying, terrible, terrifying, wonderful) human story.
Have you read it?