Devon is fifteen-years-old. She's a soccer star with a sketchy mom. She gets straight-A's and plans to play for a Division 1 school. All is going according to plan.
Until Devon gives birth and throws the baby into the dumpster behind her apartment.
Devon is quickly arrested and sent to juvie. Her whole defense on the I-didn't-know-I-was-pregnant-despite-birthing-a-baby-and-putting-it-in-the-trash situation is that she doesn't remember what happened. Hell, who would want to remember that? The only problem though (besides this being quite possibly the worst defense ever) is that Devon is having flashbacks.
As hard as it is for ex-good girl Devon, she starts to integrate into the juvie's school. The school work is too easy for Devon, though. As the teacher explains, a lot of the girls are barely scraping by doing the seventh grade work. Devon was an AP student. The teacher offers to let her learn independently. That's great and all, but Devon still has to deal with Karma, Devon's very first frenemy. Yep.
Most of the book focuses on the hearing to determine if Devon's case will be tried in juvenile or grown-up court. Yep. Page after page of some quality court. Woo!
The book ends rather abruptly as Devon decides her next move. Dun dun dunnnn.
- The book is really about Devon's defense. How wrong is she if she can't remember what she did? What about the contributing factors leading to Devon having deep enough denial to ignore a pregnancy? How miserable was Devon growing up with a teenage mother that she'd rather ignore her own pregnancy and throw away the baby than face motherhood?
- Holy moral dilemma!
- I remember having the What-would-you-do-if-you-got-pregnant? conversation with some friends during freshmen year of college. Without hesitating one friend said, "I'd just exercise and not eat. I know I could do it. There would be no baby." Uh, what? Anyway, I count this as evidence that the hypothetical pregnancy of a 19-year-old was causing the girl to shit a brick. Think about a 15-year-old.
- So yes. Devon did the wrong thing by throwing her baby in the trash. There's no excuse for that. But I think a lot of people can relate to her feelings of desperation and panic.
- Except...I'm pretty sure that if I got pregnant even now, my parents would be pissed, but they'd deal with it. A baby is a hell of a lot easier to deal with than a prison sentence, though.
- And actually, my mom has had those really uncomfortable talks with me. The Please-tell-me-if-you-ever-get-pregnant-rather-than-hiding-it-and-throwing-the-baby-in-the-trash talk. Literally.
- Devon Sky Davenport. Definitely an unfortunate name.
- Why is Devon so hung up on the name Sky? I know at least two people named Skyler. It's even gender neutral. It's not a problem for either of them. Why such a problem, Devon?
- I'd be way more upset about the Devon Davenport situation. Devon admits that her mother had wanted her to be a soap opera star. So the soap opera character name was for good measure?
- There are constant soccer metaphors. I get it Devon. You played soccer. Does that really mean that you relate every single thing to soccer? Do you really equate your trial to a giant game of soccer?
- For being a high achiever, this girl is really focused on the fact that her lawyer is a woman. Silly woman. She should stop defending Devon and get back in the kitchen.
- I want to punch Karma in the throat. Every sentence out of her mouth is a quote from her "good friend Anonymous."
- There's a Hey Arnold (I think...) where a love poem is signed Anonymous. Arnold (again, I think...) thought that Anonymous was the name of a person. Someone should tell him that Karma knows her!
- Devon had to pick out people to be character witnesses. I would be terrible at that. I can barely ask people for letters of reference.
- I do feel bad for Devon because of her mother. Her mother works two jobs and is constantly parading men through their apartment. Devon's mom seems more the type that wants to be your friend rather than your mother. That's not fair to Devon.
- I do feel bad that no one has called Connor, the boy that fathered Devon's baby. He never even knew that Devon was pregnant.
- Witnesses kept saying that there was no way that Devon didn't know she was pregnant. Uh, isn't the show I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant showing us that it is possible to give birth without knowing that you're pregnant?
- My aunt works at the same university that I attend. She told me that about two or three students a year pull a I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant. It's a medium sized school. Damn.
- A little author's note says that it is estimated that one baby is thrown in the trash a day. Holy crap.
- Even scarier? There are safe haven laws. So how many babies were abandoned before the safe haven laws?
- The book reminds me a lot of Jodi Picoult books. I've read a couple and come to regret it every time. Like JP's books, this one puts most of the focus on the court trial. Which yes, that is the focus of the story...but really...Do you want to read 200 pages of testimony and court proceedings and depositions and what not? Yeah, me either.
- I can't even say how hard I'm working to hold back on the spoiler situation. Because this one is worth it. And not obvious from the beginning. In a totally out of character move, I didn't even peek. Except once on accident, and I only read the last sentence which I interpreted completely wrong.