A Dance for ThreeHot
Trilby: My mom thinks I should go visit Hannah. . . . I don’t know what I’d say to her. . . . What is it like to have sex? What is it like to be pregnant?
Roman: I know why I’m mad. I want to hold the baby too. I want to be his uncle.
When she finds out she’s pregnant at age 15, Hannah Ziebarth believes she will be all right. She will start a family with Milo, and the three of them will live happily ever after. Then reality hits hard.
Louise Plummer tells Hannah’s powerful story from three varied perspectives in this tale of loss, recovery, and self-discovery.
Right off the bat, I want to admit that this book made me cry, not just once, but a few times. That may not sound like a recommendation to some, but think of it this way...this book truly draws you into Hannah's life of quiet desperation.
Hannah truly believes she loves her boyfriend, Milo. His rich family and stable home life are in direct contrast to her own. Her father, dead from (of all things) a belch gone wrong, is never far from her mind. Her mother has retreated into agoraphobia and complete dependence on Hannah for all things. She works at a fast food restaurant and even looks after some of the neighbors.
So, when she first finds out she is pregnant, she assumes that Milo will marry her and they will live "happily ever after." She soon finds out that Milo's intentions are far different from that. After he physically confronts her and refuses to take any responsibility, Hannah suffers a breakdown.
She is admitted to a "facility" by her mother and begins a voyage of self discovery that soon sweeps up her mother, her best friend and her neighbor into a healing process that you can tell won't stop after the book is done. In some ways, the pregnancy and the resulting breakdown may have been the best thing to happen to Hannah since her father's death.
That sounds like a horrible thing to say, but I think it brings out one of Ms. Plummer's main points. No matter how bad something seems on the outside, there may be something good that can come out of it. No matter how desperate things seem, there is hope.
Teens will like that Ms. Plummer's tone is more matter-of-fact than preachy. She doesn't try to drive home any points that sex is or is not a good thing for teens to engage in. In fact, the book is more about Hannah's self discovery than about the issue of her pregnancy.
And that's what ultimately makes this a great book. The characters ring true. Even though Hannah's problems may seem extreme compared to the average teen's (or maybe not), everyone can relate to her.
This is an important book not just because of the time period, but because the views expressed in the book are still around today. These three girls become pregnant and become immediate outcasts. Although more acceptance is available now, people can still find themselves in that situation.
However, at the same time, this book does not promote teen pregnancy. It just portrays what to me seems like facts and nothing more. It does not twist reality or anything.
louise plummer is an awesome writer. i loved this book specially. it was an amazing insight to reality.
this book is told in the perpective of 3 teenagers. Hannah,is a pregnant teen, trilby is her very good friend, and roman is the uncle to hannahs baby (he is the brother of the babys father.) this book was really well writen. i encourage everyone to read this.
This is a beautifully written book. Its main point is about a girl who gets pregnant at the age of 15. It's told from 3 different people's point of view. This is written in a way that we can see what's going on with Hannah, her closest friend, and the uncle of the baby. Most of the book is in a hospital where troubled adolescents are. You can really feel in tune with the main characters and her friends. You feel what they feel most of the time but it let's you feel apart from them as well.
this book left me in tears! i don't like to read but this book kept me hangin'...its about real life stuff that pregnant teens can really relate to...i loved it and i reccomend it!!!
I thought this book's storyline was great but the actual writing wasn't anything to be really impressed with. This book follows a young girl through the beginning and middle of her pregnancy and how she tells her boyfriend..and what he does about it.
This book was a really good story of how a teen can get caught up the the idea of a relationship.Also how hard it is to live with only one parent.I love how this book is laid out and gives the views of different people in the story.I highly recommed this book.
This book is very powerfull. it is about a girl who becomes pregnate and when she becomes pregnate she has dreams about her and her babies father staying together forever and raising, but it doen't work out that way. Her boyfriend beats her up and blames her for the baby. He denies being the father. It's a very sad story that leaves you breathless.