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Trouble

Written by Non Pratt

Trouble Synopsis

A boy. A girl. A bump. Trouble. A smart, touching and funny contemporary young adult book from an extraordinary new talent Hannah's smart and funny ... she's also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is new at school and doesn't want to attract attention. So why does he offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah's unborn baby? Growing up can be trouble but that's how you find out what really matters.

Trouble Press Reviews

Compelling. -- Carousel * Carousel * A sensitive and thought-provoking read about friendship and family. And pregnancy. * Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read * A witty and moving debut * Fabulous magazine, supplement to The Sun * Sensitive and witty * Telegraph * A witty, non-judgemental treatment of a well-worked theme * Irish Times * Voices are believable, sympathetic and different . . . an entertaining and convincing take on a serious subject * The School Librarian * A smart, touching and funny contemporary young adult book * Woman's Way * I absolutely LOVED Trouble * To Another World * This accomplished debut is smart, engaging and hard to put down; Non Pratt is a YA writer to watch . . . Pratt's contemporary approach is witty and irreverent . . .There is so much to admire in this well-constructed novel, which deserves to reach a large audience: its pace; its humour; its (sometimes unpalatable) honesty; its keen observation; above all, its author's good judgment in allowing the story speak for itself and in not attempting to provide answers for the many questions it raises * The Guardian * Lovely story of friendship, loyalty, family and growing up. It captures the world of teenage relationships beautifully * Family Traveller * Really interesting and enjoyable . . . so different and a bit controversial... gritty YA * Katie Yates Books * The book is really enjoyable! I recommend that all teenagers pick it up and give Trouble a chance, it gives a well needed look at the inside of people (not like their kidneys and stuff), and shows the reasons people act like they do. To sum up: An honest look at the lives of teenagers dealing with the pressures of school, relationships and fitting in. * The Reader Ramblings * Trouble is such a raw, emotional ad beautiful story. This is not just a book. It is something that gives you perspective on everything in life. This book truly moved me and I know it will stay with me for a very long time. It truly is a masterpiece. Nothing will ever really live up to the beauty that is in those pages in Trouble. * K-Books * Unpredictably shocking, this book brings a new name and vision to what I've thought of depression, also showing the way that people closest to those who are depressed are affected . . . I give this book a 4.7 out of 5 for its powerful (to say the least) realisation of what depression really is, a mind crippling mental pain brought on by guilt and betrayal * Guardian Reader Review * Entertaining, heart-warming, and funny. A lot of teenagers will be able to relate to this, and I do recommend you read it if you're after a sparkling contemporary with a fresh voice * The Mile Long Bookshelf * It's a gripping read which tugs on the heart strings in ways which means you can't help but root for Hannah and hope that everything turns out okay. Written in a style which makes it accessible, touching and with humour I think everyone should have the opportunity to read Trouble * Books for Teens * Non Pratt just seems to get it all right. Her portrayal of contemporary British teens is uncannily realistic and she gets the language spot on too - ever read a book and been turned off by how the author insists on making the teenagers use way out-of-date slang? Well, I assure you there isn't any of that here. It's so refreshing to read a book tackling the difficult subject of teen pregnancy in a way that is entirely non-judgmental. The author doesn't talk down to teens or patronise them; her characters are well-developed and refuse to conform to any stereotype. Really, Trouble is a story of friendship and familial relationships and both are written with authenticity and emotion without ever tipping into sentimentality. But Trouble is also often funny and always compulsively readable. . . I think it must be impossible to not enjoy Trouble * The Book Nook * Stand-out. . . Pratt's prose is casual, effortless, not too flashy, as she tackles her subject in a funny and non-judgemental way. It is partly a tale of friendship but also a portrayal of being teenage and pregnant, of having any kind of sex life in the age of social media * Glasgow Herald * Pratt's characters are rib-achingly funny, outrageous and entirely true to life: they might not be role models but they're enormously friends. Anyone who likes coming-of-age stories with sharply observed, hilarious and poignant young protagonists should devour [it] * Metro * I liked the contrast between the two styles, and I think Non did very well at differentiating the two. She also gets teenage thought processes, priorities and ideas really well. . . All the characters are real, likable, and stick with you. Watching Aaron and Hannah develop is really nice, and the diverse supporting characters make a great cast * Death, Books and Tea * This is a lovely look at a subject that people will always have an opinion on and continue to get het up about. A fantastic little story about a girl, her mistakes, and her finding out about herself and what matters to her in a time that is confusing for any teenager. This is a YA novel but readers of all genres should enjoy it. It is sharp and clever and just really heartfelt, showing the dramas and ups and downs of the teenage rules of life. Recommended if you'd like a kind of Mean Girls-esque story that will take you back to the carefree days of your teenage years, and all the stresses, strops and dramas that came with them. * Book Cunt * In a Nutshell: A realistic and brilliantly written novel about teen pregnancy * Kiss * This smart, sharp young adult novel is a real breath of fresh air. Frank, honest and non-judgemental about teen sexuality, it feels authentic, contemporary and distinctly British. The characters are always believable, and never rely on simple stereotyping: told from the alternating perspectives of Hannah and Aaron, Non Pratt's narrative sensitively explores the complex issues of relationships and growing up with both compassion and wit. A warm, funny and brave debut from a young adult author to watch. * Booktrust * If staying up long after my bedtime to finish reading this book is a sign of its success, then this novel is a winner. This is a thought-provoking read which highlights the Janus-like existence of many young people . . . For the readers it is aimed at however, it will echo with verisimilitude all the more for this uninhibited candour and I'm sure will be devoured by teenage girls just as quickly as I sped through it * Armadillo * Pratt has done well to create an original story that will force you to ask some hard questions of yourself in a book filled with a brilliant cast of characters. Read Trouble, even if you're not into teen-pregnancy books; there'll be plenty for you to enjoy otherwise in this delightful book that takes life as it comes * Thirst for Fiction * Trouble is a book with so much heart in it, so much love, and so much respect for the characters * didyoueverstoptothink * Very entertaining. I smiled, laughed and related, as well as being anxious and fearful for the characters throughout the story. It is a gripping read, and coupled with the certain realism it's even easier to envisage the situation in real life. For people who enjoy love stories and realistic fiction, Trouble ticked all my boxes for easy-going entertainment with meaningful undertones * Guardian Reader Review * It's a gripping read which tugs on the heart strings in ways which means you can't help but root for Hannah and hope that everything turns out okay. Written in a style which makes it accessible, touching and with humour I think everyone should have the opportunity to read Trouble * Books for Teens * Non Pratt just seems to get it all right. Her portrayal of contemporary British teens is uncannily realistic and she gets the language spot on too - ever read a book and been turned off by how the author insists on making the teenagers use way out-of-date slang? Well, I assure you there isn't any of that here. It's so refreshing to read a book tackling the difficult subject of teen pregnancy in a way that is entirely non-judgmental. The author doesn't talk down to teens or patronise them; her characters are well-developed and refuse to conform to any stereotype. Really, Trouble is a story of friendship and familial relationships and both are written with authenticity and emotion without ever tipping into sentimentality. But Trouble is also often funny and always compulsively readable. . . I think it must be impossible to not enjoy Trouble * The Book Nook * Stand-out. . . Pratt's prose is casual, effortless, not too flashy, as she tackles her subject in a funny and non-judgemental way. It is partly a tale of friendship but also a portrayal of being teenage and pregnant, of having any kind of sex life in the age of social media * Glasgow Herald * Pratt's characters are rib-achingly funny, outrageous and entirely true to life: they might not be role models but they're enormously friends. Anyone who likes coming-of-age stories with sharply observed, hilarious and poignant young protagonists should devour [it] * Metro * Very highly recommended as one of the strongest debuts so far this year, I can't wait to read more from this talented author! * The Book Bag * Okay, first things first, is that or is that the best cover you've ever seen for a book about teen pregnancy. I know I keep going on about it, but seriously, I love it . . . a really great, funny, touching book about friendship and family and growing up * Cicely Loves Books * I can't finish my review without talking about the authenticity of both Hannah and Aaron's teenage voices. It makes me smile to think about it because it makes me want to shout from the rooftops about UKYA fiction. You all know how much I love it, anyway, and I think Trouble is right up there with all of the award-winning UKYA. It's captured teen life so, so well, and I think this is a major selling point for those teens who don't read as much as others: it's so relatable they'll fall straight into the story * Queen of Contemporary * Incredibly cool. It's a fresh, modern and raw take on teenage pregnancy, and it's brilliant. . . Pratt produced constant and flowing emotion and experiences, and her style is gorgeously modern and honest, in a way that I think a lot of UK YA authors are worried to. . . It's a secret form of honesty we never get to see, and I'd recommend it to absolutely anyone * Blame My Bookshelf * One of the strongest debuts so far this year, I can't wait to read more from this talented author! * The Book Bag * Trouble' is an amazingly addictive book, it's written really well and would appeal to a lot of teens or young adults. I couldn't put it down! It has to be one of the best books that I have read! * Maximum Pop * The first chapter will blow your mind! The first sentence bowled me over * Serendipity Reviews *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406347692
Publication date: 6th March 2014
Author: Non Pratt
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 384 pages

About Non Pratt

After graduating from Trinity College Cambridge, Non Pratt became a non-fiction editor at Usborne working on many bestselling series before moving across to fiction. She has been running the list at Catnip Publishing since 2009. Non lives in London with her husband and small(ish) child, and Trouble is her first novel.

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