edited by Deborah Davis reviewed by Anna Martz
This is a book that every teen mother can understand. It is great for encouragement and inspiration. I know that when I got pregnant at age 15, I was scared to death. I thought, How am I going to be able to finish school? I have to finish. What about college? What about my job? What about my friends? What is going to happen to my life? The life I’m so happy with right now. I felt this way for the longest time, about until I was six months pregnant I felt like this. That’s when I heard about Passages and I knew I had to apply. I had been kicked out of school and so far had nothing. This was my opportunity to finish school, go to college, get a great job. By then my friends knew, had known for a while, and a lot of them stayed with me and are still with me. I wish I had this book when I was pregnant, though. It would have been so reassuring and saved me a lot of nights and days thinking, What is going to happen now?
When I did get to read it, I was happy; I learned a lot from it. It made me feel like I was doing everything perfectly for my son Joshua. It gave me more determination to finish my schooling, apply to colleges and live my life. It made it easier to ignore and deal with the looks I would get when I was shopping or just out enjoying the day. After being judged for being a teen mother Allison Crews says, “Girls like me have raised Presidents. We’ve raised Messiahs…Girls like me won’t compromise and we won’t fail.” That quote was so powerful; it made me think of all the times I had been given that look, the look that every teen mom knows- the horrified look, the shocked look, the you-should-be-ashamed-of-yourself look.