Author: Katelyn Detweiler
Release Date/Publisher: May 26th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Finished: May 7th 2015
Pages: 464-ARC Paperback-given for review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Mina is seventeen. A virgin. And pregnant.
Mina is top of her class, girlfriend to the most ambitious guy in school, able to reason and study her way through anything. But when she suddenly finds herself pregnant—despite having never had sex—her orderly world collapses. Almost nobody believes Mina’s claims of virginity. Her father assumes that her boyfriend is responsible; her boyfriend believes she must have cheated on him. As news of Mina’s story spreads, there are those who brand her a liar. There are those who brand her a heretic. And there are those who believe that miracles are possible—and that Mina’s unborn child could be the greatest miracle of all.
What I Thought:
I received a copy of this at a book blogger meet-up.
I was really not trying to expect too much from this book, but I ended up being sucked right into it. It had a lot to do with Mina’s character. She had a hard time believing that this was really happening, and while she did have her down moments, she really did want to do her best for the baby. She was just so human in the way she acted that I couldn’t help not wanting to cheer for her, cry with her, and wish that some people would leave her alone.
The people who stayed close to support her really made a huge difference and I was so glad to see the big mention of family and friends in this book. Not everyone believed her instantly, a lot of people had the hardest time and some people close to her didn’t always know what to say, but they still stood by her.
This kind of modern day Virgin Mary story would be hard for anyone to believe in the modern world, and I liked how this book took a spin on that. It really made you think how people would react if it was really happening. The people who think she’s lying, the others who have no opinion, and of course those that believe so much and want hope. After all this though, I did not feel preached to at all. They don’t shove religion down your throat, and while some people believe in certain things, it never forces that on you.
Honestly I did not expect to like this book and the characters so much. I just really liked the story and how everything built up and ended. And even though it’s almost 500 pages I felt that it read pretty fast.