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What if... You could play out everything that *could* happen next in your life? On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And whWhat if... You could play out everything that *could* happen next in your life? On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her? Working on the notion some moments in time are destined or unchangeable, Lizzie will take a pregnancy test, then have to choose what to do next. She will be faced with ALL of the possible outcomes of her decision, such as abortion, miscarriage and single parenthood. THE DECISION: LIZZIE’S STORY will appeal to readers of Sarah Dessen, Lauren Oliver and Judy Blume, as well as movies like JUNO, RUN LOLA RUN and SLIDING DOORS....

Title : Lizzie's Story
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ISBN : 20934404
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Lizzie's Story Reviews

  • Susan Hampson
    2019-04-11 18:06

    This is the story of Lizzie, almost 18 and just found out she is pregnant. The author then shows how Lizzie's choices and the influences of other people in her life can send her down different paths. I thought the concept of the story was good but it did lack research in some places. Daisy, the baby in one senerio, was speaking 10 to15 words at nearly one year old. If she was she was quite exceptional as babies don't normally speak so many words until about 18 months. As I believe this book will be read by mainly teenagers who may have babies it could be worrying for them. The other unbelievable part for me was the police search for her, at 18 (with the exception of one day) I am pretty sure that the family would have been told that someone not answering their phone for just 2 hours would not warrant a search. No -one even knew she was pregnant, so it wasn't like they would be concerned she would harm herself.I do wish the author good luck for the future in writing books, just more research needed.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-26 18:19

    This book has been living on my kindle since October 2015 so I decided to bump it up, I'm now regretting leaving it so long. A really uplifting story about teenage pregancy and the decisions that go with that. It reminded me of Sliding Doors in that Lizzie discovers she is pregnant and then "transported" trhough varying outcomes dependant on her decision. I liked that Lizzie grew as a person after each transition (although she is unaware they have happened). It was interesting to see what her perceptions were and then the reality of how those close to her would react. Often they were the exact opposite of what she expected. Highly recommend!

  • Michelle
    2019-04-15 21:21

    Keen to read more YA novels for research purposes, I was particularly intrigued by this one which has a really unique approach. It's described as being of interest to those who like the movie 'Sliding Doors' - in which the protagonist's day plays out in different ways using a split screen - and in this respect doesn't disappoint. Lizzie, the main character, plays out the same scenario - in which she discovers she is pregnant and has to decide what to do - multiple times, in different ways.A mobile phone is the 'teleportation' device. When Lizzie's phone rings at the end of a scenario, she and the reader are thrust back to the same opening. Only Lizzie can't remember what came before. It's like the movie Groundhog Day for Lizzie, only in this instance it's the reader who is learning from the scenarios, which are steered by influences such as pressure, expectations and fear.What makes this approach so thrilling is the fact that each outcome is so different. At first, you wonder how the scenarios could possibly work together as a whole to influence Lizzie's final decision if she can't remember each one she has been through. But as you progress through the novel, you come to realise that this isn't the point at all. Each chapter/scenario subtlety reinforces the notion that you can't rely on anyone else but yourself to make such a big and personal decision. We empathise with Lizzie's feelings when she makes decisions - such as having an abortion or staying with an uninterested and abusive boyfriend - based on fear, uncertainty, pressure and expectations... But we also despair that she isn't able to take the time to cast these thoughts aside and really think about what SHE wants regardless of any future limitations.I felt it was a shame that the adoption route wasn't explored in more of a positive light as an option, given that the other options such as abortion and taking on the pregnancy were explored from both angles. But Lizzie does make a good argument towards it and, at the end of the day, it is Lizzie that is the focus of this particular story. Lizzie herself, deep down, wants the baby. So this is the underlying question mark that is haunting her, the answer to which is merely obscured by those fears and expectations and prejudices standing in her way.A particular line stays with me, where Lizzie's mum says that she's a clever girl; she knows the options and only she can decide. This is the key message that comes through really quite powerfully by the end of the book. It doesn't matter what Lizzie's choice is in the end; only that it is right for HER. With this in mind, the novel is also a bit like the choose your own adventure books for the reader, but in a format that allows you to see every adventure one after the other and to choose at the end which route you would have chosen "if it was you". Lizzie's story is personal to her, but the experiences she goes through are useful for everyone, particularly the young readers at which the novel is aimed. For me, an 'older' (28) adult-ish reader, the novel isn't the type I would usually go for. Regarding the topic, I am already aware of the options and "if it were me" my circumstances would be different on account of age and personal situation.However, I was still able to empathise with the confusing and conflicting emotions Lizzie was feeling and the structure of the novel - with the phone teleportation and curiousness over how Lizzie copes in each scenario - kept up my interest. This novel both educates about options that might not be known to teens, but also explores the important notion of self respect and independence of choice regardless of any barriers that are perceived or forcefully thrown upon them. This is emphasised throughout the novel, building more powerfully towards the end. Furthermore, the "hindsight" insights, such as how best friends don't always remain so, illuminate further the need to trust your own judgement and not to be swayed by anything or anyone else. A valuable lesson for anyone of any age. A must read for teens and parents, as well as anyone else who appreciates a meaningful tale presented in a unique way.

  • Robin Chambers
    2019-04-06 20:05

    An essential criterion for any good book – as it is for any good poem – is that it should say something important about the human condition in a powerful way.Lizzie’s Story does that from the beginning. I have rarely read an opening chapter so powerful and profound. Lucy Hay has a sharp eye for telling detail and an almost pathological awareness of the discrepancy between human potential and actual achievement within the constricting contexts of family and social class. It hurts like 'Hamlet', and Alan Bennett’s 'Talking Heads'.The action is intimately observed, each character scrupulously and minutely drawn. Lizzie tells this story in all its manifestations, and each time you are convinced it must be largely autobiographical with the kind of descriptive detail one associates with someone’s personal reality – e.g. “I could see all five of my sisters, their eyes wide, at least one of them delighted I had fallen from grace with such a bump.” I could quote a hundred more examples.For all those reasons I was SO not ready for what happened 22% into the story. I won’t give it away, but it is extraordinarily effective. I saw that technique employed in a film once, but I don’t recall having come across it in a book. I think it works spectacularly well.This is an important book about the human condition. It doesn’t run along the tramlines of a predictable genre, preferring instead to follow the urgings of Lucy Hay’s heart, her scrupulous and endearing honesty, her superb eye and very sharp ear. How many Lizzie’s can there be? Well one, of course, but layered, deep, analytical and sensitive to the nth degree.“Lizzie’s Decision” should be required reading for all teens (Michael Gove take note!). It’s a very thought-provoking and deeply enjoyable read.

  • Stevie Turner
    2019-04-02 20:21

    Lizzie is in her late teens and is set to go off to University when to her horror she discovers that she is pregnant. At first she is stunned and has no idea what to do about it. Her boyfriend doesn’t seem to want to know, her mother had a teenage pregnancy herself, and her father flits in and out of her life and evades responsibility.A teenage pregnancy is a situation Lucy V Hay has been in herself in the past, and she writes with true feeling of the emotions and thoughts that her character Lizzie undergoes on first finding out she is having a baby.Lucy V Hay cleverly writes five different scenarios which blend in seamlessly with each other, and all help to lead Lizzie to her eventual decision. Each one gives a different outcome on the problem which many teenage girls unfortunately find themselves in. In fact I would definitely say that any young girl newly pregnant would do well to read this book in order for her to make an informed decision about her future.

  • Othniel
    2019-04-17 20:01

    A novel aimed at young adults, telling the story of Lizzie, an A-level student from a small town and an unconventional family set-up, who finds herself staring in panic at a pregnancy-test stick. From this starting point, a number of scenarios play out, in a clever, "parallel universe" structure.The dilemmas which Lizzie faces are readily relatable, and her family, friends and non-friends are believably drawn; one is constantly engaged.On the negative side, there are a few peculiar typos, and there is a tendency to ramble; perhaps understandably, given that people facing problems tend to think in circles. More jarringly, despite the story being told in the first person, the authorial voice is obviously that of an older, more worldly person than the heroine.Nevertheless, this is a warm, sympathetic read, providing intelligent, heartfelt insights into an all-too-common predicament.

  • Rosie Claverton
    2019-04-13 17:52

    A thoughtful exploration of the dilemmas facing any woman with an unexpected pregnancy, particularly through the eyes of the much-stigmatised teenager. What I particularly liked about this book was the many different decisions that shaped Lizzie's paths: How is my partner involved? What support do I want or need from my family? How does my best friend fit into this? What about university/work/money?The pregnancy options weren't explored with equal weight, but I think that is reflective of real life. Women come to a pregnancy with pre-conceptions and beliefs and Lizzie is no different.Despite Lizzie and her network being very vocal in their opinions, the book isn't preachy. The characters are flawed and their world views flawed along with them, which is refreshing.Lizzie's Story is immersed in Lizzie's world and the real-life consequences of her many possible decisions.

  • Neil Jeffery
    2019-04-18 18:19

    Wow! Writing a book on a topic such as teen pregnancy means that an author has to tread a fine line between being lackadaisical and preaching. This book does neither - it follows Lizzie's life immediately after she finds out something that will change her life forever. It does not preach, yet it does not gloss over everything. The balance is spot on.Excellent characterisation and descriptions that make the reader want to turn page after page mean this is an excellent book for the YA audience.

  • Eve
    2019-03-31 17:13

    Lizzie faces a huge decision, finding out she's pregnant, taking the test in a market block's toilets, she faces a decision of who to tell first, will they be mad, helpful etc? Lizzie is a wreck.We see a few perspectives of each way conversations could go with either, her sister Sal, boyfriend Mike, her mum, best friend Shona and then what she truly wants herself.Lizzie comes from a large family as it is with her being the eldest of the girls, her younger sisters and her mum live with her and she worries where a baby would fit in their house even. Her dad lives where he works at a hotel restaurant and her boyfriend alike her or her before the pregnancy, is going away to university.She faces huge choices which will effect her long term either way baby, no baby, university, or not and so on. It also brought up topics within of complications, carrying the baby, having the baby and the aftermath as well as abusive relationships. This book was a great read, if not at first due to being confusing in set up only the story was a necessary and cautionary tale about the way choices have consequences forever.

  • Dallas
    2019-03-31 22:13

    I enjoyed reading Lizzie's Story which portrays all of the angst surrounding teenage pregnancy. This is set against a backdrop of small town blues and a disfunctional family which surprisingly manages to function far better than most. Lucy Hay has found the right voice for her young Lizzie who must make decisions, decisions, decisions from within the grotty confines of a public amenities block. Here we find seamless back-story interwoven with an element of slipstream, which in the end leaves us with the feeling that Lizzie has made the right decision. Highly recommended reading, even if you don't think you would like this type of genre.

  • Diane
    2019-04-25 14:18

    What can I say about this book without sounding OTT? Perhaps I love it is enough! I suspect it isn't an easy theme to write about without coming across as patronizing but the story here is told with both insight and compassion. It is certainly an entertaining book to read, but it is also thought provoking and I am sure there are many who will identify with it.

  • Lorraine Carter
    2019-04-02 20:21

    This was a recommendation through BookViral and I choose to read it because its theme was one I could easily relate to. I think the author Lucy Hay told the story with a great deal of empathy and it made me think the scenario from multiple viewpoints and not just my own.