First off, anyone who believes this is written as a real teen's diary is a chump. This "edited" book is written by an adult as a precautionary tale for teens.
This so-called "real" girl, Annie, is an idiot who thinks she can change her boyfriend, even after he rapes and impregnates AND abandons her. It would've been WAY more like life if the boyfriend said he loved her, knocked her up in a fumbling bedroom scene, then broke up with her. Why the rape had to happen is beyond me, unless it shows that she had NO part in the sex act that resulted in her pregnancy and therefore made her innocent. To make her an unwilling participant makes the pregnancy a side note to the violent act that created the child.
I teach high school and very few teens get pregnant by rape. Yes, it happens, but most of them are suckered into thinking they're "in love" and willfully sleep with their boyfriends, some to get pregnant on purpose. This book does a disservice to anyone who reads it thinking that (a) it's real, (b) it's probable, and (c) not a bunch of bull.
Really good book for teens.
very sad... but very good. i liked it very much.
From School Library Journal
Grade 6-10-A book that's sure to be as popular as Go Ask Alice (S & S, 1971), which was also edited by Sparks. Annie, 14, falls head over heels for handsome, wealthy 16-year-old Danny when he befriends her. She lies to her mother to go out with him and he takes her to drinking parties in his red convertible. Annie is soon totally dependent on him despite his frequent bad moods and erratic behavior. When he rapes her, he tells her that she led him on and made him lose control. She continues to love him even as he abuses her both physically and emotionally. Annie is heartbreaking in her trust and hope that Danny will turn back into the sweet, gentle boy she fell in love with only a few months earlier, and she becomes desperate when her period fails to come on schedule. Finally, she has to tell her mother and figure out what to do. The diary format is a surefire draw for teens and preteens. This book has the same errors in grammar and flow problems as Alice, but they lend realism to the narrative. Not as graphic as the earlier title, Annie's Baby displays a 14 year old's naivet about sexuality and bodily functions. This book will grab your attention.