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    Mari is a 15 year old Dominican American who is pregnant. Mari is ecstatic because her personal life hasn’t been the best. Her mother left her with her grandmother when she was 8 years old, her father has been in jail for dealing drugs since she was 3, and recently her grandmother doesn’t seem to want anything to do with her. She feels that having this baby is exactly what she needs to have someone who will finally love her unconditionally and won’t leave her. However, she finds out that the baby has a heart defect, and only has half of a heart. She, along with the baby’s father Bertie, have to decide their situation going forward no matter how tough those situations are. I’ve read a few books about teenagers who are pregnant and unsure of their situation, but usually those characters grow and learn from past mistakes. They understand their situations and what they need to do for themselves and their baby. Mari didn’t seem to do that at all and I really ended up not liking her character what so ever. I know she’s only 15, but she just made such stupid mistakes. She also blamed everyone else for problems that she causes. She was so judgmental, rude, hypocritical, selfish, and bratty. I just couldn’t connect to her so that made reading, that much more difficult. She wants to have a baby so bad, but she doesn’t prepare anything: she doesn’t read any baby books, she doesn’t have a job, she has no money, she doesn’t even go to a social worker meeting to get information about insurance and information about the types of surgeries her baby would need, because she doesn’t like social workers. Some of the other characters are likeable, and I did have one emotional moment with something unfortunate that happened to a side character, but that doesn’t change how I deeply dislike Mari as a character and how I did not enjoy this book. ***Review has been done with conjunction with Nerd Girl Official***
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    Unlike Anything I've Read Before

    I’m sitting here, looking at the blinking cursor, trying to describe exactly how a book as stunning as Water In May made me feel. I read it within the span of a day and I found it so hard to put down because Ismee Williams managed to capture EVERYTHING about being a pregnant fifteen year old whose baby has a very serious heart condition and well, IT HAD ME HOOKED. Water In May is one of the best debuts this year, one that will make your heart break and then give you hope. It had a stunning cast of diverse characters, beautifully forged friendships and a kind of coming-of-age story that I’ve never seen before in YA books. My Thoughts: 1. The amount of Spanish in this book threw me at first. I’m not saying I didn’t like it – I did. It gave this book substance and background and I LOVED it – but the amount of me flipping back and forth to get a translation for a word being used in the beginning was what threw me. In retrospect, I love that this book had phrases of Spanish in it because it made me get to know Mari and everybody in her life so much better. 2. I LOVED Mari Pujols, and her strength and grit to keep fighting for herself and a baby that everybody else gave up on. I love how she was portrayed as a feisty, unafraid teenager who was willing to do whatever it took to be the best she could be for her baby Angelo and AAH I HAVEN’T SEEN SOMEONE AS BRILLIANTLY UNAPOLOGETIC as her in a long time. 3. I also ADORED the female friendships in this book. I truly believe that female friendships can be strong and supportive instead of catty and backstabbing, and this book just proved it. Heavenly, Mari, Yaz and Teri were the PERFECT girl crew and I just want to jump into the book and hug all of them. 4. The author, Ismee Amiel Williams is a former paediatric cardiologist which made everything medical in this book come from a source that truly knew the ups and downs of what it would be like for a baby with HLHS. It felt so authentic (as authentic as someone whose only medical experience involves watching Grey’s Anatomy can tell) and I absolutely loved that it wasn’t glossed over but the hospital time was one of the most important parts of the book. For feisty, unapologetic characters, a teenage mother who will fight against the odds to save her baby and a story that will break your heart in a way that no other young adult book has ever done before, I HIGHLY recommend you dive into Water In May. 4.5 Stars.

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