May 2, 2013

Review: Screwed by Laurie Plissner

Title: Screwed
Author: Laurie Plissner
Publisher: Merit Press
Publication Date: 5.18,2013
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary
Series: No
Source: eARC from publisher

Rating: D

Summary (from Goodreads):
Grace was the girl who always did everything right, until the night she fell for a boy's sleazy line and became pregnant. Nick couldn't care less about pretty math-geek Grace or the baby he fathered. He's had a dozen girls like her, and he'll have a dozen more. When Grace confesses to her super-religious, strait-laced parents, they deliver a shocker: They've scheduled an abortion. All they want is to pretend this never happened.

When Grace balks, they literally throw her out in the street. A rich, elderly neighbor takes her in, and, with the help of the friendship she needs in Charlie, the old woman's great-nephew, she must make the toughest choice of her young life. The people she believed in were only playing a role, while others, in an unlikely way, are true heroes.

Grace can never have the life she planned, but she has one chance to be the person she will have to live with for the rest of her life. Her choice will cost her, big time, either way--and no one can make it except her.

It’s hard to say exactly where Screwed by Laurie Plissner went wrong. The idea is a solid one and had the potential to be an emotionally wrought story of a girl who struggled to make it on her own after being deserted by her family and how she finds her inner strength and overcomes. And Grace did suffer …

For about 5 minutes until her rich neighbor from across the street offered to take her in and care for her.

This book started off rough. The dialogue was forced and the characters were watered down. It seemed cliché from the jump and just never got any better.

I think what officially turned me off from this book were Grace’s parents. They were over the top hateful and unbelievable. They present this holier-than-thou Christian picture of people who go to church, engage in Bible studies and preach abstinence in to youth, but when their daughter finds herself pregnant they drive her across multiple state lines for a hush-hush abortion they order her to have? And then kick her out on her butt when she says no?

From there it got progressively worse. This story had the potential to be a lesson teaching type of novel, but instead of Grace learning to overcome adversity, she was handed a golden life on a silver platter when the rich neighbor across the street happens upon her and offers her a fairytale life, complete with a hot grandson.


This book was just all wrong in so many ways. Nice idea, not so nice execution.

Reviewer: Hannah


  1. This is that typical everything-is-going-too-perfect case. I hate it when things like that happen. How big is the chance some rich neighbor takes you in.. It sounds a bit unbelievable to me. Such a shame, because the blurb make it sounds like it has potential.


  2. Yeah, I don't think this is the book for me Hannah! You're almost always more generous with your ratings/gradings than I am, so if you gave it a D, I'm not sure I want to know what I would give it. Her parents sound miserable, I know I would read this and want to throttle them. I don't deal well with holier-than-thou attitudes:) I hope whatever you pick up next blows you away!

  3. Too bad Hannah :( By reading the synopsis, I would have pick this one up myself.

  4. Oh yuck it sounds aweful. You know what it kind of reminds me of? an anime I watched once - except the parents in that weren't all crazy hateful...still stopped watching it. haha - staying far far away from this one.


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