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  1. Becky Becky says:

    High, Linda Oatman 2008 Planet Pregnancy 197 pages October 2008.Planet Pregnancy is a novel in free verse Sahara, our narrator, is sixteen going on seventeen And, as you can guess from the title and cover, her whole world is about to change Here is how we meet Sahara It s September tenth andI m holding my breathbecause lifeand deathand everythingin betweendependson a stickdippedfor less thanten secondsin a dishof pee.A page or two furtherMy name s Sahara,like the desert.Unlike the Badl High, Linda Oatman 2008 Planet Pregnancy 197 pages October 2008.Planet Pregnancy is a novel in free verse Sahara, our narrator, is sixteen going on seventeen And, as you can guess from the title and cover, her whole world is about to change Here is how we meet Sahara It s September tenth andI m holding my breathbecause lifeand deathand everythingin betweendependson a stickdippedfor less thanten secondsin a dishof pee.A page or two furtherMy name s Sahara,like the desert.Unlike the Badlands,though,I m not barren.Sahara has quite a predicament on her hands no doubt about it Scared to tell her mother, she keeps her pregnancy a secret from practically everyone She tells only her closest friend, and even then, she waits until the second trimester.I remember seeing girls like Sahara on various talk shows I saw a Dr Phil episode last week in fact about girls keeping their pregnancies secret, about moms that are so clueless when it comes to knowing, to observing, to seeing what is right in front of them So there s not a doubt in my mind that this is a realistic portrayal.As for the poetry itself, it s not perfect I m on the fence about it actually There are places where it s got a certain rhythm, where it seems to work But there are other places, many places, where it rhymes too much The rhymes just don t work for me They sound authentically amateurish Like they could be how a sixteen or seventeen year old might choose to document their life For me the rhymes took me out of the story Were a distraction.For example,My stomachis in a curl.I m going tohurl I havesomethingto tell you, I stammer.My heartis a hammer 129 OrShe s goingto freak.I feel weak.I think I mgoing to barf.Mom s wearinga green scarf 128 OrSchool is sonot cool.The teachersare geeks,and the weeksdrag like ragsthrough mud.School iscrud.At this timenext year,I ll still be here,waiting to graduatein gown and capinto the Real Worldof crap 99 However, maybe the rhyming won t annoy other readers Maybe it s just a personal thing I just wish it wasnatural No one really and truly rhymes naturally that frequently People just don t talk like that Don t think like that.To end on apositive note I think the poems do convey the emotions well The confusion The drama The love The hate The uncertainty The flip flopping of emotions, of feelings, of hormones I think it does do a good job of portraying the changes the mind and body go through as it changes through the months of pregnancy


  2. Terry Terry says:

    A quick first person account that begins with Sahara s positive pregnancy test and ends as she leaves the hospital The sometimes rhyming verse is occasionally effective, but several readers reported being annoyed by it initially There s a P Diddy reference and a couple of f bombs, but nothing is so specific that it won t last and nothing so profane it couldn t work for some collections for younger teens.On the down side, Sahara isn t a distinctive narrator The teen pregnancy issues have been A quick first person account that begins with Sahara s positive pregnancy test and ends as she leaves the hospital The sometimes rhyming verse is occasionally effective, but several readers reported being annoyed by it initially There s a P Diddy reference and a couple of f bombs, but nothing is so specific that it won t last and nothing so profane it couldn t work for some collections for younger teens.On the down side, Sahara isn t a distinctive narrator The teen pregnancy issues have been done before, and her narrative doesn t do much new she considers abortion, adoption, not telling the father, her mother, etc I found her to be curiously distant from her baby fetus, and the metaphor of being on planet pregnancy didn t get used to full effect.I suspect that the audience for this is at the younger end of the teen spectrum Not as emotional as A Dance for Three or as edgy as Ellen Hopkins


  3. Yasmeen Yasmeen says:

    It was OK, but to be honest it was a little repetitive and boring The story did not really go anywhere and it was very obvious what was going to happen No twists, no surprises, no character development Just boring really and the rhyming got really annoying which is strange because I love Ellen Hopkins and she does poetry too, but this Nope, I don t like it very much at all.


  4. Kate Kate says:

    The verse really annoyed me because it seemed too forced and contrived The depiction of pregnancy was not accurate and that annoyed me as well Pretty much forgettable.


  5. Jessica Jessica says:

    Don t waste your time with this one It s a fast read but it s horrible.


  6. Gina Buchko Gina Buchko says:

    I thought Planet Pregnancy was really good I loved reading about Sahara s teenage pregnancy story Reading her story made me think about how much it actually takes to being a mom, especially a teenage mother who s boyfriend just broke up with her and he doesn t know I also liked that the book was in poetic form.


  7. Emma Rategan Emma Rategan says:

    Poor verse style YA novel about teenage pregnancy Very shallow, most of the Poetry feels extremely contrived and juvenile I did NOT appreciate the rhyming free verseit made for many awkward moments A disappointing read, to say the least.


  8. MakenzieB MakenzieB says:

    One word that I would use to describe Planet Pregnancy is decisions The reason why I used the word decisions is because the main character Sahara gets pregnant, and she has to make a lot of the right decisions if she wants things to turn out alright Planet Pregnancy is about the main character Sahara, and how she gets pregnant, but it s not a good thing because she is only 17 Sahara has to decide if she should put her kid up for adoption, or if she should lie to her mom about how she got preg One word that I would use to describe Planet Pregnancy is decisions The reason why I used the word decisions is because the main character Sahara gets pregnant, and she has to make a lot of the right decisions if she wants things to turn out alright Planet Pregnancy is about the main character Sahara, and how she gets pregnant, but it s not a good thing because she is only 17 Sahara has to decide if she should put her kid up for adoption, or if she should lie to her mom about how she got pregnant or even tell her mom if she s pregnant, Also Sahara has to decide if she wants to tell the baby s father that she is pregnant Sahara doesn t have the best family, her dad left them when she was young, so her mom is a single mom to0 three kids, and she isn t very wealthy Overall Sahara is going through a very rough patch in her life I don t really think that I connected to any of the characters in the book The reason why I don t connect to anyone in this book is because I haven t been in any situation similar to Sahara or her family s I would give this book a positive review because it was a short easy read, and I liked the way it was written because the pages were short Also, I don t think that the book ever got boring it was mostly pretty interesting throughout Lastly, I thought the plot was very believable The reason why the plot was believable is because I think it would be hard to be pregnant at age 17 with no support from anyone, and that s how Sahara s life is


  9. Jenny Tiegs Jenny Tiegs says:

    Everything in Sahara s life depends on a stick dipped for less than ten seconds in a dish of pee pg 1 She is sixteen and pregnant, of course, after the first time she had sex with a boy who she knew was a loser This witty novel, written in verse, is a quick read, but do not be mislead The author packs a big emotional punch in this short novel She is afraid to tell her mother, who isworried about ski trips than her daughter Can t tell her sister, even after she complains about how Everything in Sahara s life depends on a stick dipped for less than ten seconds in a dish of pee pg 1 She is sixteen and pregnant, of course, after the first time she had sex with a boy who she knew was a loser This witty novel, written in verse, is a quick read, but do not be mislead The author packs a big emotional punch in this short novel She is afraid to tell her mother, who isworried about ski trips than her daughter Can t tell her sister, even after she complains about how lazy she is She dreads telling her ultra religious best friend, fearing she will lose her She grows under big clothes and stretchy pants, contemplating three choices keep, give away, or lose She feels alone on Planet Pregnancy.I really enjoyed this book because it was truthful I could really hear the sixteen year old voice in Sahara, dealing with denial, anger, frustration, fear and finally determination Since it is written in verse, you may getmeaning out of it if you take the time to pause at each line I noticed it rhymed then speed read it Either way, you get the point.My only complaint was Sahara waited until she was 5 months pregnant to go to the doctor I know this is the reality of some situations, but the idea was barely addressed


  10. Viviana Viviana says:

    This book is about a girl that gets pregnant at 16 years old and the first thing she says, is that she is waiting for the pink line to appear which is the pregnancy test when the test is positive she gets really scared and doesn t tell anybody After this she starts getting nausea and other symptoms The months pass and she relates the story of what she feels At first she doesn t want the baby and calls the baby, embryo and it Later she calls the guy that got her pregnant and tells him that s This book is about a girl that gets pregnant at 16 years old and the first thing she says, is that she is waiting for the pink line to appear which is the pregnancy test when the test is positive she gets really scared and doesn t tell anybody After this she starts getting nausea and other symptoms The months pass and she relates the story of what she feels At first she doesn t want the baby and calls the baby, embryo and it Later she calls the guy that got her pregnant and tells him that she is pregnant from him, he says its not his and hangs up she goes in labor and the baby is born and that is when she decides to keep the baby Why did you chose the book you read because one friend recommended it to many after summer school Did you like it Why or why not I thought it was interesting to know how teens feel when they get pregnant This book makes you feel many emotions like you where the main character It was a little repetitive but interesting Did you relate to the book If so, how If not, why not no because i haven t gotten pregnant Would you recommend this book to a friend Explain yes so people could know how hard it is to have a baby as a teen it makes you feel many things


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Planet Pregnancy [BOOKS] ✯ Planet Pregnancy Author Linda Oatman High – Thomashillier.co.uk For sixteen year old Sahara, life and death and everything in between depends on the color of a little stick in this YALSA ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers She waits three long minutes, praying For sixteen year old Sahara, life and death and everything in between depends on the color of a little stick in this YALSA ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers She waits three long minutes, praying to Jesus, Mary, and all the saints that the stick will turn blue, meaning she isn t pregnant Instead, the stick turns pick and Sahara s life is changed in a heartbeat Now she struggles with three choices keep, give away, or lose.