Flattered by the attentions of Nick, the cutest guy in school, seventeen-year-old Grace Warren, captain of the math team, lets down her guard and gets pregnant the night she loses her virginity. Hopeful that Nick will drop to one knee and propose when she breaks the baby news to him, Grace is heartbroken - Nick wants nothing to do with her. Her best friend, Jennifer, thinks she should get an abortion, but Grace is certain that her morally upright parents will insist that she keep the baby. After she comes clean to her super-religious, strait-laced parents, they surprise her by insisting that she terminate the pregnancy to avoid humiliating the family. But when she sees the fetus on the ultrasound, she decides she can't get rid of it. Deciding to save the tiny life growing inside of her, Grace must face the consequences of being that girl - the good girl who got knocked up.
"Grace has always been a good girl - the pride of her socially prominent parents. Then she is seduced by Nick, a teen Casanova who is challenged by Grace's innocence just long enough to take it away . . . Plissner shifts the viewpoint from character to character . . . [which] does add to a multidimensional portrait of teen pregnancy." --Booklist
"Sadly, I think this story is more realistic than we'd ever like to admit to ourselves. The 'good girl' ends up in a 'bad situation,' and she is made to choose between her family and her own morals. I think there are a lot of different takeaways in this book, from the consequences of hasty decisions, to what family is really all about. I definitely enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to my high school students." --For the Love of Reading blog
"Screwed was a charming read . . . I loved the characters and the plot. The bond between Grace and Charlie was adorable, and I thought Helen was great." --The Book Zombie
"I . . . applaud Ms. Plissner for her ability to write this book as a raw look into teenage pregnancy . . . What an incredible up and down story about finding yourself and making your own way." --Community Bookstop
"Screwed was the exact opposite of any teen pregnancy story I've ever read. I empathized with everyone – including Grace's pious parent. Screwed was more than just a motivational read and even had me crying in the very last pages." --The Young Folks
"This was such a good story. From beginning to end I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved how real this felt. Definitely a page turner, you see how much Grace grows as well as the relationships around her." –-Just Us Girls blog
"The characters shone . . . Screwed definitely made me question a lot of my previously-solid opinion on teenage pregnancy and what not, and it has nailed down Laurie Plissner in my list of auto-read authors." --My Library in the Making blog
"I personally feel that Screwed seemed to be a very realistic portrayal of what it would be like to be seventeen and pregnant. Overall, Screwed was a fun but thought-provoking read that would probably be suited to younger young adult readers." --Looking for the Panacea
"I remember thinking that it would never actually happen to me. And I think that is why books like these are important, to show that it can and does happen. The ending is perfect for the book and left me with this feeling of hope and peace . . . Screwed tugs at your heart, and examines teenage pregnancy with a fresh voice." --Blkosiner's Book Blog
"A well-written story, it never preaches toward or against either side of the abortion question. If anything, it helps to show how when an unwanted pregnancy hits close to home, it may change the debate completely." --Ink and Page blog
"I loved this book! I really liked how there were little vignettes on the more major characters. The characters were wonderful; flawed, rich, full of life. Great writing that sped along keeping me turning the pages." --YA Literature Lover
"A very real, very raw, very emotional read . . . The author's talent for creating real characters and realistic situations is showcased wonderfully and will draw you in from first page to last. It shines a light on the reality of the situation and the life altering consequences it brings...but also lends an assurance that things WILL be alright in the end." --Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
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