Blue Moon

The subject of teenage pregnancy is sensitively handled in this really enjoyable novel. Mia is only 15 and it is easy to see how the ‘mistake’ occurred. The sexual element is there of course, but it is not dwelt upon; the concentration is on Mia’s growing awareness of what has happened and the difficulties she faces. Mia has problems anyway, as her mother had abandoned the family some nine years before and she and her two elder sisters had been brought up by their schoolteacher father. This has left Mia angry and resentful and hyper-aware of the unfairness of life. Mia’s attitudes and moods with are presented with great authenticity as she tries to cope. At first she is persuaded that a termination is the best solution, then she realises that the ‘little bean’ inside her is something to love and something that will love her. She runs away from the hospital, befriends two hippie-type girls and goes with one of them on a canal boat. She has a vague plan to go to Bristol where her mother is until she becomes very uneasy about her boating companion, especially when she almost sets the boat on fire when mixing drugs and drink. Mia realises that running away presents no solution and she returns home to her father. In a sense this can be seen as a happy ending, but the reader is also aware that difficulties will continue and only ‘once in a blue moon … it turns out OK.’ This may not seem a good plot line when summarised like this, but this book by a promising new writer is riveting.