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Trouble by Non Pratt - Review

Monday, March 7, 2016

Where did I get it? I bought it 
What's it about?  Hannah is fifteen and about to start her GCSE year. She and her friend Katie go to the park on Fridays to get drunk and hook up with lads. Hannah's been seeing Tyrone in secret, and his girlfriend Marcy hates her. She's also been hooking up with a guy called Fletch, who I actually felt we needed to see more of. There's a new boy at school, Aaron, who's moved in the middle of his GCSEs and who is hiding a deep secret. The POV switches between Hannah and Aaron which was confusing in parts, but it did work for the novel. 
Hannah discovers she's pregnant and tells her Grandma. She won't say who the dad is, and Aaron volunteers to pretend to be the baby's dad. Everyone at school finds out because Katie betrays Hannah and lets it slip. Hannah gets closer to Aaron, and to Anj and Gideon. Aaron eventually tells her his deep secret, which explained a lot about him,
What age range is it for? 14+
Are any main characters LGBTQ+? Yes, Gideon is, it's only mentioned a couple of times though. I actually really liked both Anj and Gideon and would like a whole novel about them!
Are any main characters non-white? He's not a main character, but yes, and it's pertinent to the storyline and very well done. 
Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? Not officially, although I'd say that Aaron is suffering from some kind of post-traumatic stress disorder. 
Is there any sex stuff? Yes, it's quite explicit.
Are drugs mentioned or used? Yes, somewhat. There's talk of alcohol too
Is there any talk of death? Yes, it's quite brief and sensitively done
Are there swear words? Yes, quite a few 
Would I recommend the book? Kind of, it isn't a perfect novel but the premise is quite interesting Hannah and Aaron are both immensely likeable characters. I felt like they both made bad decisions, but I'm an adult and can see that. I think that as teenagers they're both doing the best they can. 
How many stars? Seven out of ten. 

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