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3.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780739369531
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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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Hoeckele | 2/14/2014

    " It's the Friday Night Knitting Club mixed with a dash of After School Special. Okay, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wilson | 2/12/2014

    " A mother's love is a wonder. A powerful book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindasueanne | 2/6/2014

    " Not that exciting even though the premise was very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Planton | 2/4/2014

    " Susan Tate, a high school principal, discovers a pregnancy pact at her school. One of the participants is her daughter Lily. If your child becomes pregnant as a teen does this make the mother a bad parent. This was the questioned asked over and over by the school board, by the superintendant and the mothers of the girls in the pact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mindy | 2/3/2014

    " easy, light summer read... just what I needed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 1/26/2014

    " Not bad, I would read other books by this author. Good beach reads, not too deep, with likable characters. The story centers around three 17-year-old girls who have formed a pregnancy pact, and the impact that this has both on them and their families and community. As an older single mother, I have to say that the story presented an extremely limited view of the realities of this situation. In all three cases, the girls came from supportive families, particularly with the financial wherewithal to help them to provide for themselves and their children. I find it hard to believe that the majority of teenage mothers find themselves in such supportive circumstances. Probably not a book I'd encourage a teenager to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy Gadbury | 1/23/2014

    " I LOVED this book. The topic, a pregnancy pact, is very disturbing and scared me to death; however, it is very well written. I see Delinsky as another good cross-over author like Picoult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karalee | 1/19/2014

    " Perhaps a little repetitive at times with respect to the issues but overall an insightful, interesting, complex book about a difficult topic (teen pregnancy and pact behavior). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anu | 1/11/2014

    " It's an ok type book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Deas | 1/9/2014

    " A little too real. How easy it is for girls to work together and make plans. Three teenagers get pregnant at 17 with a fourth girl who was pregnant first, and wanted her friends to also be pregnant. She in the mean time, miscarries,and washes her hands clean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Watral | 1/6/2014

    " Eh! Not very stimulating. A beach read, really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dancerhjr | 12/24/2013

    " Simple reading. A bit of a stretch in concept, but the relationships were real and it held my interest., "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashli | 12/16/2013

    " I wanted to slap the girls in this book. they were so naive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linnet | 12/9/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 11/24/2013

    " sped through this book while on vacation. predictable and kinda cheesy. but entertaining. good for a quick escapist read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 11/8/2013

    " An interesting read, definitely is about certain social issues. Barbara did a good job rounding out all sides of the issue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toby | 9/22/2013

    " I didn't think I'd like it based on the story - 4 teenage girls form a pact to get pregnant in their senior year. I like the way she writes, though, and it was a good read, although predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D | 9/5/2013

    " I enjoyed it very much. It brings awareness to teen pregnancies I think "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Dargan | 5/24/2013

    " Not a literary masterpiece nor did I learn very much - but I could not put this book down! Put the kids to bed, picked it up and finished a few hours later, way past my bedtime :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loriann | 5/4/2013

    " I liked this book because instead of the typical story of the difficulties the teenagers face during pregnancy, it instead focuses on their parents and the affect on their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Quarles | 12/4/2012

    " Always well written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lanell | 10/3/2012

    " This was a very good book I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 8/16/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this book and ithelp my interest; however, it was predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 7/30/2012

    " I've read most of Barbara Delinsky's books and love them all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 9/1/2011

    " Not her best effort. I have enjoyed watching Barbara Delinsky grow from a "trashy romance novelist" to a seasoned writer with a story to tell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 7/3/2011

    " An interesting take on the dynamics of living in a small town. I really enjoyed the book and found the plot interesting. "

  • 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 several 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.