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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,181 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780307704740
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When Susan Tate’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Lily, announces she is pregnant, Susan is stunned. A single mother, she has struggled to do everything right. She sees the pregnancy as an unimaginable tragedy for both Lily and herself.

Then comes word of two more pregnancies among high-school juniors who happen to be Lily’s best friends—and the town turns to talk of a pact.

As fingers start pointing, the most ardent criticism is directed at Susan. As principal of the high school, she has always been held up as a role model of hard work and core values. Now her detractors accuse her of being a lax mother, perhaps not worthy of the job of shepherding impressionable students. As Susan struggles with the implications of her daughter’s pregnancy, her job, financial independence, and long-fought-for dreams are all at risk.

The emotional ties between mothers and daughters are stretched to breaking in this emotionally wrenching story of love and forgiveness. Once again, Barbara Delinsky has given us a powerful novel, one that asks a central question: What does it take to be a good mother?

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Devaney | 2/20/2014

    " A warm wonderful look at learning to deal with family issues between a single mother, her daughter and how choices can destroy other lives. Ms Delinsky has delivered another superb must-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 2/19/2014

    " Teenage pregnancy pact - hard to think about 17-year olds getting pregnant on purpose. This could be a great discussion book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 2/2/2014

    " The story/idea was good- a pregnancy pact of teen girls. But the characters were flat, there wasn't any tie-together with several of the themes, and everything had a happy ending. Not very realistic, in my opinion when we're talking teen pregnancy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 1/16/2014

    " Love all of this author's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 1/10/2014

    " Not my favorite book. I thought that the plot line was vague and the character development scattered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 12/21/2013

    " A brilliantly written novel full of emotion and heartache. Barbara really makes you feel for the characters and creates a thought provoking piece. Although not quite as Jodi Picoult she's a close runner up and writes a stunning novel that stays with you long after you've put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bmankiewicz | 11/30/2013

    " I thought the discussion of how the mothers reacted to their daughters' pregnancies was fairly realistic. I felt the political turmoil in the school board sounded like the Harper Valley PTA. The political part was so dated that it detracted from the believability of the story. Or maybe I am totally ignorant of how unenlightened parts of this country may really be that they would expect a mother to 100 percent be able to control a 17 year old daughter. The love story was sweet but completely predictable. And did Rick remain faithful all those years? Surely that would have stirred complicated feelings for Susan if he didn't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Faith2 | 11/25/2013

    " Trashy American rubbish. Waste of paper. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teri | 11/12/2013

    " Lame book! Couldn't wait to finish and move onto something better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linnet | 11/7/2013

    " Susan is principal of a small town New England high school Her daughter and two friends make a pact to get pregnant and raise their children together. The repercussions are great, and life changing for many people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liberty | 5/21/2013

    " I liked it but it was just like every other teen pregnancy book. I felt like I was reading a lifetime movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 3/4/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, pretty great! Was written very well, would love to read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 2js2as | 2/2/2013

    " Interesting story about teen pregnancy pact with views of how that affected the girls and their mothers. I'm always intrigued by teenagers and how they think their decisions only affect them (NOT me when I was that age, of course!), part of why I was curious about this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanna | 12/29/2012

    " A great summer read - a mother-daughter story. Loved the way it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri | 12/28/2012

    " Hard to put down. Challenges you to think what would I do? What make a good mother? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randomiris | 10/20/2012

    " Liked it. Attended a book club where the author called in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaimie | 10/12/2012

    " Started out a little slow for me but in the end I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Roth | 10/3/2012

    " This book was very well written and easily understood. It's about students in high school who make a pregnancy pact. The book goes in depth about the rammifications of the three girls' decision, and how it not only affects them but the people they love. I definitely reccomend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla Shiplet | 2/5/2012

    " I loved this book. I literally couldn't put it down. I stayed up nearly all night trying to read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 9/20/2011

    " Well written. I did think the opposition against Susan was slightly over the top, but that's part of the story and added to climax. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 6/27/2011

    " Teenage daughter gets pregnant along with 3 friends in a "pregnancy pact". Not very well written, but I finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayzy | 6/27/2011

    " I thought this book was wonderful. Such a great story and written so that the reader could really identify with all the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terresa | 6/27/2011

    " Read it in one day while waiting for a procedure in the hospital and consequent overnight stay. Kept my attention, but seemed a little over the top in the drama level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 6/22/2011

    " As a former high school principal, I am so happy that neither my students nor my 3 daughters ever put me through these heartaches!!!! A pregnancy pact - what a nightmare! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sweetharchy317 | 6/22/2011

    " A fast, light read despite being over 400 pages! This book is a tale of friendship amongst middle aged mothers and their high school daughters. What you would expect from reading the description. Happy endings that were not much of a surprise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 6/7/2011

    " I was intrigued initially, but it was definitely not a page turner. I feel like there wasn't enough there to intrigue me to read further so i gave up after 50 pages... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 6/5/2011

    " Would generate some interesting discussions at a book group. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/29/2011

    " No surprises here. In fact, I'm pretty sure I just saw a Lifetime movie just like it. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.