The Carnegie Medal-winning novel offers an affecting look at a teenager's pregnancy--and the resultant tensions with her boyfriend and family. Ages 13-up.
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Grade 7-10-- Told as a flashback, in some of the loveliest, most lyrical prose to be found in YA fiction, Helen and Chris narrate the consequences of one night's unprotected passion that changes the course of their lives forever. With teen parenthood superimposing itself upon college plans, both give voice to disbelief, confusion, and fear. Chris wants them to marry; Helen's mother wants the young woman to have an abortion. When an attempt to miscarry fails, Helen accedes to her mother's pressure. But alone at the abortion clinic, she can't go through with it, and returns home to have and keep her baby. Although Helen loves Chris, she writes, ``I'm not ready for forever. I'm not ready for him, and he's not ready for me.'' Her painful choice is to break up even though she loves him. His bitter reality is exclusion from her pregnancy and life and, by extension, the life of his unborn child. Doherty adroitly explores the intricacies of love and all its twisting complications through the lives of fully fleshed-out, believable teen and adult characters in this compelling novel. While the changing voices (Chris's perspective alternates with letters that Helen writes to ``Dear Nobody,'' her unborn child) are occasionally confusing, the book's raw emotion propels readers toward Chris's reunion with Helen at the hospital and to his first view of his daughter, who shocks him with her vulnerability and importance. His final realization is the book's heart and message--`` `I'm not ready for you, or for her. I'm not yet ready for myself.' '' --Alice Casey Smith, Chappaqua Library, NY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
"Dear Nobody," Helen's letters start. You may ask, "who is Nobody?" or "Why is this Helen girl writing to someone who doesn't exist? Read morePublished on March 11 2002
Dear Nobody is a very good book,a story full of question that makes you think,about what it`s like for teenagers to be in that kind of situation,when the desicion that they make... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2002 by Yvonne
I just finished the novel "Dear Nobody" by Berlie Doherty. It is a story of two high school seniors that fall in love. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2001 by Whitney Testa
This book was soooo good! I couldnt put the book down! I would recommend this book to a anyone who enjoys highschool/teenage drama. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2001
I just want to sya this book has opened a new door way to the way i look at life .I have a firend who went throught the exact same thing so now i feel i know what she went through... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2001 by fiona
Oh my gosh. I just finished this book and it was so good. I loved it. I would reccomend it to anyone who likes to go see romantic comedies at the movies. It's so good. Read morePublished on April 26 2001
we only can recommend this book to other people, who are interested in youth problems, esp. in pregnancy. It is written very emotionally and it is really full of tension.Published on Jan. 23 2001
I was really overwhelmed by "Dear Nobody".It tells the reader about every day-problems of young adults, for example arguments with parents or friends and... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2001 by Gaora
The book is written from two sites. It describes the way Helen feels in her letters to "nobody" which is in fact her unborn baby, and it shows the different sights of... Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2000