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Julia and Ruth have been unlikely best friends since they first met in Sunday school--Ruth was standing on the Bible-crafts table belting out "Jesus Loves Me." Now that they're a year away from graduation, they're putting the finishing touches on their getaway plans. But their dream of a funky big-city loft and rich, interesting older men is threatened when preacher's daugJulia and Ruth have been unlikely best friends since they first met in Sunday school--Ruth was standing on the Bible-crafts table belting out "Jesus Loves Me." Now that they're a year away from graduation, they're putting the finishing touches on their getaway plans. But their dream of a funky big-city loft and rich, interesting older men is threatened when preacher's daughter Ruth goes to a wild party without studious Julia, and all hell breaks loose. Ruth gets pregnant; Julia gets creative. Determined to support her friend and stay on track for life after high school, Julia comes up with a plan that will require all her intelligence, compassion, ingenuity and patience. Drawing on some great (and some not-so-great) works of literature, Julia proves that you can learn a lot just by opening up a book....

Title : The Lit Report
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ISBN : 9781551439051
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 197 Pages
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The Lit Report Reviews

    2019-04-12 23:29

    Let me start by saying if you like this story you will love "Fat Cat" by Robin Brande. It follows the same lines about how the teenager thinks that they are able to tackle any problem without help and how they get the results that show how adapt they truly are while all along being preachy and narsistic while claming that they are humble.The story is told in first person by Julia. We are told repeatedly that she is smart and loves to read and is totally into the classics to which she includes several quotes from the books. That might just be the first problem I have with this book. Some classics are classic. Other are classics because someone said so. I find many "classics" to be boring, dull and poorly written but that is just me.The story unfolds quickly. Julia and her best friend Ruth are highschoolers at a christian school. Ruth sets out to prove she is not a good girl and gets pregant the first times she has sex. Since Ruth's parents are the bible thumping Pastor Pete and dutiful christian wife Peg the pair decide the best course of action is for Ruth to have the baby in seceret and give the baby up. Julia reads a bunch of books follows her step mom's home birth and asks the midwife a lot of questions and helps Ruth through the pregancy and birth. The baby comes out healthy. Ruth keeps the baby. Pastor Pete and Peggy disown Ruth and the baby. With nowhere Julia's dad and stepmother allow Ruth and the baby to stay with them and act as a live in nanny in exchange for room and board. (Little more to this but it is long, boring and drawnout).With a place to stay and a way to take care of her baby Ruth is set. Julia has proven to the world that teenagers can handle anything and the world is coming up roses. Yeah....I don't thinks so. Julia does acknowlege that her friend Ruth is the exception not the rule. And though I think it was written well I find it hard to believe in the story.

  • Felicia R
    2019-04-03 22:33

    I enjoyed the writing style although the storyline could have improved

  • Izabelle Stevens
    2019-04-24 22:15

    To describe this book in a few words I would use preposterous, hypocritical, overdramatic and contradictory. In many ways this book is absolutely revolting and very poorly written; in an unbalance fashion. The writer double crosses herself several times in the course of the book. This book is more about shaming women, then helping them. Which is very strange considering that this book is supposed to be about a young girl fighting to stay afloat in society’s painful norms. Instead, it’s about an author not having a storyline, making sure to CLAIM to have one, and then revealing that she indeed, does not in the last chapter. The entire story is a contradiction. She shames Ruth’s parents, for their beliefs and ordeals. “Stay a virgin until marriage, no drinking, partying, she’s too young to have a baby, she should stay innocent and pure.” Ruth and Julia claim to hate them for these reasons. But here’s the twist, then the author admits that she too, shares these views in the last chapter. Sarah, (the author) states that nobody should have children as a teenager, that it’s stupid. That THEY are stupid. It’s their faults. She goes on to say how any teenager would fail, be poor, be too immature. But not her Ruth, Ruth, and only Ruth can handle raising a child at that age. In Sarah’s eyes, her imaginary character, can apparently do what every real teenager can’t. So in 2014 alone, 249,078 babies were born to real women 15-19 years old. But every single one of them, is a failure and can’t handle the responsibility. The way I see it, if they are brave enough to keep the child, in this generation, that will slut-shame you for just about anything, i’d say that’s pretty responsible and brave. A lot braver than just writing a book about it. Sarah, has managed to slam anorexia, eating disorders, teen sex, teen pregnancy and parenthood in 197 pages and get away with it. Not only does she pull this off, she gets rewarded with positive reviews and this book on shelves. I personally don’t understand why she would write a book about several beliefs and then turn around and say she doesn’t agree with it and that anybody actually in this situation is immature, idiotic and they deserve to face consequences. When all they did was live a healthy normal life that involved several mistakes that bit them in the end. But nevertheless does this affect their character or intelligence? Not in the least. They had sex, but why should that ruin their lives. Or even change them.

  • Bonnie
    2019-04-01 03:35

    With the help of some famous first lines, Julia tells the story of her best friend Ruth's pregnancy, from the confession that Ruth "did it" at a party to the summer that Ruth gives birth to a baby girl, all while keeping the pregnancy a secret. Julia is a planner and a researcher, and as a devoted best friend, she does everything she can to help the sometimes volatile Ruth make it through their junior year of high school without anyone, particularly her Bible-thumping parents, know that she's pregnant. It helps that Julia's stepmother is also giving birth during the year, with the assistance of a midwife. As the year quickly goes by, Ruth and Julia begin to change, each adapting new roles that neither girl ever planned.This is one of those strange novels that has an awesome main character - Julia is well-developed, clever, and funny - and a somewhat mediocre plot. Ruth's pregnancy is treated somewhat lightly, though there are several spots where the author seems to warn readers that it's probably not a good idea to help your teenage friend give birth without the aid of a trained doctor or any sort of medical facility. This point just doesn't ever sink in. The story also deals with post-partum depression, probably an uncommon element in young adult novels. It was nice to see this issue brought up. It was hard to understand why Ruth and Julia were friends, considering Ruth was downright abusive during most of the story. I also lost track of several other plot elements, such as Julia losing a ton of weight, the romance between Julia and Ruth's brother, or the developing relationship between Julia and her stepmother. Parts of the story work very well, but other pieces are just garbled; for example, Julia's mother just doesn't seem to be the same character as she was at the start of the book (I get that Julia gains appreciation for her mother's strength). The characters are also very anti-Christian, which I imagine could turn off a lot of readers. However, the story-telling device of using first-lines is a great one.I'm curious to see more from this author, because it's a well-written story and can be enjoyable. I'd just like to see it tidied up a bit more. This reminded me a lot of Chris Crutcher's books.

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre
    2019-04-06 02:19

    Best friends Julia and Ruth are a dynamic duo. Julia is practical and level-headed, a calm and rational presence during times of crisis. Ruth is wild and impulsive, volatile and utterly unpredictable. The two idly dream of someday leaving their sleepy town (and Ruth’s freaky parents) to live glamorous lives in New York or LA or London. In her daydreams, Julia always pictures them together, living carefree, happy lives. Then they discover that Ruth is pregnant. True to form, Ruth reacts hysterically and it is Julia who forms a plan. If they can hide the weight gain, Julia rationalizes that they can go away together when the baby is due. Ruth can have the baby in secret and then leave it at her father’s church where a proper home will undoubtedly be found for the abandoned infant. A simple enough plan – in theory. Inevitably things don’t go exactly according to plan, giving both girls the opportunity to make some surprising discoveries.With Julia serving as the witty and intelligent narrator of this tale, this book is a refreshingly original alternative to many of the more angst-ridden teen problem novels. Julia and Ruth, though very different personalities, are vividly drawn characters. Their heartwarming friendship is the true foundation of this story. Julia’s unashamed love of literature, not to mention her interest in famous first lines (she begins each chapter of this book with the first line from a well-known work of fiction) will further endear her to booklovers. However, it is her ingenuity, her smart quips and her unfailing loyalty to the highly-emotional Ruth that give her such a widespread appeal. Despite the fact that she can always be counted on to have a plan, she (and readers) soon discover that she has much to learn. Somewhat grudgingly, yet with a certain sense of wonder, she gradually accepts the lessons that life, like great literature, has to offer.Reviewed by Lisa Doucet in Canadian Children's Book NewsSpring 2009 VOL.32 NO.2

  • Brandy
    2019-04-05 03:40

    Julia has her whole life planned out: after high school, she and her best friend Ruth are going to move out of their respective houses, get fabulous high-paying jobs, and live in a fantastic city. She and Ruth have had this plan, or a variant on this plan, for nearly forever, but the plan has some serious changes to undergo when Ruth gets pregnant. They both know that Ruth's Bible-thumping parents will not accept this turn of events, so Julia does what she does best: she makes a plan. Together the girls conspire to hide Ruth's pregnancy and give the baby up for adoption without anyone finding out about it, but when the time comes, plans aren't always carved in stone. As stresses pile on both of them, it's time to find out how strong their friendship really is.I can't speak to the veracity here, but it does sound like hiding a pregnancy for 9 months and then having a baby at 17 isn't that difficult. There is an acknowledgment that Ruth's baby is an "easy baby," and that Ruth's support network is wider and stronger than the average 17-year-old's, but it still doesn't really communicate just how difficult new parenthood can be. However, this hardly seems the point of the book, which is more about friendship than it is about reproduction. This is an easy, light read (not surprising as it's an Orca book), but I don't know about its hook for reluctant readers: Ruth's story, and her relationship with her underdeveloped parents, could be fascinating, but Julia's voice is one of calm intellectualism. I could identify with her, but I'm not 100% convinced the reluctant readers this publisher aims at will share Julia's passion for classic literature, or will appreciate the way she starts each chapter with the first line from a classic work.But the story's really about friendship, and at that, it's really good.

  • Eileen
    2019-03-26 23:16

    Another listing in the "teens deal with actual issues in the face of their religious family lives/social environment" section. Plus it's Canadian! What is with me and the religious Canadian YA lately? Ok: Julia's friend Ruth gets pregnant. Since Ruth's parents, Pete and Peggy, are an ultra-conservative preacher/preacher's wife combination, Julia and Ruth hatch a plot to hide the pregnancy. Then Julia discovers her stepmother Miki is also pregnant. Learning from her stepmother's midwife, Julia plans to deliver Ruth's baby herself. Then the babies are born, and all hell breaks loose.Ok! I thought this was a reasonably good story, but it rang hollow at times. The story progression is too fast, and the character development is too--well, there isn't a whole lot of character development. Too much telling; too little showing. I also think the title device--Julia, the narrator, starts every chapter with a discussion of the title of some famous book or other--didn't really work. It was just unnecessary, and made the book ending into an awkward, grinding halt. On the other hand, I found it funny and quick to read. Still, this was just barely realistic; I want a more satisfying story.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-04-12 02:31

    Reviewed by Ashley B for TeensReadToo.comJulia and Ruth have been friends since they met in Sunday school at the age of four. They have been inseparable ever since. They attend a Christian school. Julia's mother is all about God. Her father, a neonatal nurse, remarried Miki, a pediatrician. Ruth's father is "Pastor Pete." One day, Ruth doesn't show up at school, making Julia somewhat unhappy. After school, Julia calls Ruth after getting a a bunch of "CALL ME NOW" text messages. Ruth confesses that she had sex at a party and is now pregnant. Julia comes up with a plan that will help conceal the pregnancy from everyone. And they will leave the baby on the steps of Ruth's father's church after it is born. Will the plan work out, or will Ruth decide she wants to keep the baby? THE LIT REPORT was really good. The way Julia and Ruth spoke to each other was so real. I really liked the storyline, as well. I've never read a book where the girl is hiding her pregnancy from everyone except her best friend. Julia was a strong and smart character. I disliked Ruth somewhat for the way she treated her best friend; Julia was helping her and she didn't appreciate it. But I think anyone could enjoy this book.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-08 00:27

    The novel began strongly and although Julia and her friend are teenagers, I took the story at face value rather than as 'Young Adult' fiction. Ruth and Julia are real characters. I thought it was an interesting premise for the girls to decide together to conceal the pregnancy rather than the more usual real life scenario of solitary concealment or denial. I was interested in the decision making processes and fascinated by the degree of disconnect between the girls' religious upbringing and their own thinking. I thought "Hooray" for a Dad who is a nurse and a stepmother who is a doctor.Everything being set up, I wasn't so sure that the storytelling continued quite as well. I couldn't quite get to grips with Julia's approach - was it just me, was it cultural differences... or was this a very good exposition of Julia's character? Too many changes happened without a secure depiction of the previous status leading to some parts feeling rushed or trivial. There could have been a lot more to say about Ruth's mother for example, or Julia's difficulty in adjusting to the powerful change that her friend experiences.

  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    2019-04-18 22:16

    There is something just so refreshing about this book. It's a short read at just under 200 pages, but does it pack a terrific amount of material into it. It's got so much of what I adore in YA writing: biting humour, great lit references, sadness and joy, and a teen narrator who is self-aware. And the plot of this book? It is both awesome and a bit loonie. Some readers may have to suspend their disbelief and/or outrage at certain points in the plot. There is a lot of drama (and some lovely romance), major histrionics, and examples of such hideous and hypocritical parenting that I was gobsmacked. But even with events going over-the-top and certain things turning out a bit too good to be true towards the end, this is a solid read.If you enjoy Canadian authors such as Susan Juby, Susin Nielsen and Robin Stevenson, or if you like the bittersweet writing of Alice Kuipers' 40 Things I Want to Tell You, than I would definitely read this. I am also a big fan of Harvey's novel Death Benefits, so if you're in the mood for some more Canadian YA, check it out!

  • Emily
    2019-04-12 22:14

    This is another book I chose because of the cover. I love to read and the image of all of those books with the baby bonnet on top just spoke to me. As a mother, I thought I might have more in common with this book than I did. (What was I thinking?!?! It's based on high school students, haha.) This was another quick, easy read. The story was easy to follow and one that you wanted to continue reading and find out what happened. The characters were a little underdeveloped, but you got the jest of it. Julia spends all her time preparing for and worrying about the future. But when her best friend, Ruth, turns up pregnant, things change. It was interesting to see Ruth's reaction to the pregnancy and her gradual acceptance of the idea and the situation. I would have liked to see a little more back story about Ruth's parents. What made her father go from a life in prison to a pastor that eventually wrote her off for her "harlot" ways. Overall it was a cute book. A decent story. A quick read. A little twist of love in there. I enjoyed it.

  • Connie
    2019-04-21 23:24

    “I’m not going to lie to you.” What an opening line. In fact, every chapter of this book has a first line from classic literature. Julia, the protagonist, connects the first line from literature to her current situation. In this frame story, Julia, a high school teenager, ends up concocting this scheme to help her best friend, Ruth, to hide her pregnancy from Ruth’s religious fanatic parents. Added to this drama is Julia’s father, a neonatal nurse who an obsession for songs that have the word ‘baby’ in it; his new wife, Miki, who is a doctor that ends up pregnant around the same time Ruth is; Maria, the midwife from which Julia learns from; Jonah, Ruth’s brother who Julia is in love with and more. The Lit Report is a warm-hearted story about the strength of friendship sprinkled with humorous moments. The strength of The Lit Report lies in the characters while the weakness was the neat and tidy plot. The story did not feel realistic considering the circumstances. Overall, a light, happy read about a strong friendship.

  • Sherrie
    2019-04-22 21:35

    This is the most recent book that I received through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers group. Julia and Ruth have been best friends forever, since they met in Sunday School years ago. As upperclass(wo)men at a Christian high school, they have plans for moving away and leading adventurous lives after graduation. However, there is a big, big wrench thrown into those plans- Ruth is pregnant. Julia organizes a plan to hide Ruth's pregnancy and safely leave the baby at Ruth's church for adoption. However, the plan is thrown into disarray and the "friends forever" grow apart under mounting stress. Some of the characters (notably, Ruth's parents) were unrealistic and underdeveloped, acting inconsistently as the plot progressed. Regardless, the book was a delight to read and will be especially enjoyed by teens with a love of literature, who will eat up Julia's many literary allusions.

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-04 01:20

    Some reasonably-amusing characters, in some serious not-so-amusing situations..... and somehow everything works out For The Best. I don't know - the literary references didn't quite work for me (they were often quite forced, really). And the ending was pretty forced (and unbelievable) too.I took off one full star because the book contains a word mix-up that is one of my ultimate pet peeves: using "phase" when one really means "faze". (Blame the author, blame the editor: I don't care - that is egregious and appalling and should not be allowed in print.)

  • Mandy
    2019-04-04 21:13

    I recently read several young adult books that featured teen pregnancy for a project. This was my least favorite of the bunch. The plot seemed too convenient-let's hide the pregnancy for nine months and only involve the best friend. Besides the pregnancy storyline, it was never really clear why Julia continued to be friends with Ruth since she was treated so poorly. The cover is cute, the first lines to introduce chapters were interesting, but over all this book pushed the wrong buttons for me.

  • Kelly Hager
    2019-04-21 01:27

    It's about two teens, Julia and Ruth. Julia is this book-obsessed girl (I in no way judge, obviously) who, when she learns that Ruth is pregnant, develops this big plan to help. She's going to learn everything about pregnancy and labor so that she and Ruth can keep the pregnancy a secret. Then, they're going to leave the baby someplace where it can be found and adopted.It's one of those books where I liked the premise a lot more than I liked the execution. But I think the teens that are its intended audience would probably adore this book. :)

  • Ari
    2019-04-13 01:24

    this was okay. it was a good story I guess, but it was so not original. What with the teen pregnancy, divorced parents, new half sibling that gets all the attention, falling in love with your best friends older brother. I mean, the book was oozing cliches. What I did like was the references to all these classic novels which pretty awesome. So basically if you have nothing else to read, read this. Not to be mean or anything, but this really isn't one of those books you should go into a library/book store specifically looking for, you know?

  • Roseann
    2019-03-29 02:25

    Totally far-fetched and non-realistic, but nice that it incorporated other novels/first lines ....that alone may get someone who read this book to pick up another book mentioned in it. Author acknowledges that the story line is, in reality a bad idea, so that helped me give it 3 stars. Spolier ALERT!!!!! a teen has a baby with her friend in a cabin, all alone, naturally, and never seeks medical attention, so not the best message to send to teen girls...My opinion!

  • Emily
    2019-03-26 21:23

    This book was really good. I was on here one night and came across the book and i was like okay this looks pretty good. Then the next day at the library at school i saw it and i just thought im gonna get it. This book was good at the beginning then a little dull in the middle and then i loved it at the end. I had difficulty getting into it until the Birth of Boone, then the whole story just kind of picked up and i couldn't put it down.

  • Ricki
    2019-03-31 01:12

    Other than the young adult characters, this one didn't read like a young adult novel for me. The writing style and jokes didn't reflect that of a teenager. I don't mind profanity in novels, but this one seemed to have an unnecessary amount of it. I did love how each chapter began with the opening line of a classic novel.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-07 05:26

    Good enough, The plot was a little unrealistic in terms of the end. Too much worked out for Ruth despite the fact she doesn't have a father for her child and she got kicked out. Julia is a great character. I like the style of writing from her POV. The quotations in the chapters also helped the understnading of her character.

  • Cora
    2019-04-24 02:14

    Best book I've read all summer! I found myself relating with Julia on many levels. She is just as crazy about Charles Dickens as I am. I loved how each chapter stared out with the first sentence from a famous novel and Julia related it back to her life. It made me realize just how powerful books can be.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-22 21:35

    I enjoyed this easy read. The narrator was very easy to love , and it was fun watching a type A personality come to grips with all the things she could not control. The book had. some great comedy, and had a very satisfying plot...It felt as if the story was completed by the end. Light hearted read.

  • Tessa
    2019-03-26 01:32

    Although the book has some unrealistic depictions of teen pregnancy and motherhood, I still found it impossible to put down. Once you look past some of the flaws, the characters, especially the narrator, are sweet, imperfect, and oddly easy to relate to, and ultimately, the book is as imperfect but endearing as its lead character.

  • LibraryGoddess
    2019-04-05 23:22

    A story of 2 teenage girls, one of whom helps the other hide her pregnancy from everyone. The situation (teen pregnancy) is totally believable, but the way the plot unfolds is not completely plausible. It's a story that will probably be popular among teen girls, though, since they all know someone in a situation like this, and they wonder how they would handle it.

  • Melody
    2019-04-06 22:38

    How Julia copes with her best friend's pregnancy and her new stepmother and her crush and everything else life throws at her during her senior year. Nicely done, with plenty of allusions to classic literature and some warmly believable characters. The crazy/religious/evil parents were, I sincerely hope, unrealistic. A quick, enjoyable read.

  • Pam Williams
    2019-04-02 03:16

    Not the most light book (I'm still needing some froth after all this dystopian drama), but close enough. Sarah Harver has a great voice and an impressive knowledge of literature and it shows in this YA novel. Julia helps her best friend, Ruth, hide her pregnancy and the delivery of the baby but things get our of hand. Very funny but not for the under 15 crowd.

  • Kailyn
    2019-04-09 00:29

    A very witty and interesting book. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. The characters themselves are easy to relate to, as are some of the situation the characters find themselves in. Over-all an excellent book.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-14 01:24

    This novel, about how Julia helps her friend Ruth conceal her unintended pregnancy and then delivers the baby herself, is not particularly realistic. However, it is a quick, fun read. I enjoyed the literary quotations which started each chapter.

  • Stephanie A.
    2019-04-26 02:13

    Don't judge a book by its super-attractive cover. Started out with promise and an interesting use of literary quotes, devolved halfway through and then flamed out. ...and I'll be back to update this review from 2010 when I remember why.