One Pink Line
Published by CreateSpace
Available on Amazon.com
Copy won in a contest
5 / 5 cupcakes
If you've ever taken a home pregnancy test, you know the nerves involved. If you want it to be positive, you are terrified it won't be. If you want it to be negative, well, that's even more stressful. A wanted pregnancy is one thing; an unwanted pregnancy is a disaster.
So it is with Sydney Shepherd, who, while mired in final exams during her senior year, flunks a pregnancy test. Her story is told in flashbacks, as we are walked through Sydney's romantic history with high school boyfriend Ethan, all the way up to the baby daddy. Who is he? Well, you need to read to find out.
I'll tell you this much: I really, really liked Ethan, and I really, really wanted it to be him. He's almost too good. He admits to harboring a crush on Sydney for a couple of years, and he begs her to increase the seriousness of their long-distance relationship. Sydney resists, mostly because she wants to enjoy her senior year without worrying about Ethan. It isn't that she wants or plans to be unfaithful. She loves him and is devoted to him. It's more that she doesn't want to think of him as an obligation, or for him to think of her that way.
In a parallel story, we meet Grace, who discovers during 6th grade sex ed that she was conceived before her parents were married. Grace is shocked. She assumed that her parents' epic romance produced her, but now she is not sure. She was two when they got married, so is her father really her father? If not, who is? Unlike Sydney's story, Grace's is told in the traditional sense, going forward in time.
I could not put this book down. I became so invested in Sydney's story that I absolutely HAD TO KNOW who the identity of the baby daddy. Please please please let it be Ethan! I also wanted to know what would happen to Sydney, so it is a testament to Dina Silver's writing that I cared so much.
Grace's story is equally as engrossing. A lot of us did the math on our conception dates, some of us discovering that Mom and Dad might have had a shotgun wedding. Grace's mortification at the timing of her birth is realistically presented. We understand her shock and sense of betrayal.
This is a terrific summer read - really, an any season read. It's engrossing, entertaining, and enjoyable.