Friday, December 28, 2007

Mr. & Mrs. Bo Jo Jones

This is one those books that I like to pickup and read once in a while. Mr. & Mrs. Bo Jo Jones is a story about unexpected teen pregnancy written by Ann Head. I like reading simple stories about people who deal with unfortunate situations and the consequences that follow. Books I have reviewed in the past about unfortunate situations were very complicated stories with seriously flawed characters. This book is a simple story about a serious mistake. How should a 16 year old girl and 17 year old boy handle the situation?

The story was originally published in the 1960s. The choices the two teens faced then are the same today, so the book would easily reach a modern teen. Adoption, abortion, hiding out somewhere else, teen marriage. Each choice has life long consequences. And yet, these two teens decide to take responsibility for their choice and elope in the next county. What follows is a realistic portrayal of the consequences of their choice. Will they be able to survive an immature marriage, pregnancy, and possibly difficult birth? This is a story worth reading.

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