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Dear Nobody [Hardcover]

Berlie Doherty
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Nov. 29 1991
Eighteen-year-old Chris and his girlfriend Helen struggle to cope with two shocks that change their relationship and their plans for the future; the discovery that Helen is pregnant and the reappearance of Chris's mother who left the family when he was ten.

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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Sept. 14 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was overwhelmed by the story. The novel is interesting to read, because there are different opinions and different views of persons. It's tensioned, you don't know what it's going to follow. The person who touched me a lot is Helen. Helen has to take a hard decision which impresses her for her whole life. It's not easy to be so hard, as consistent as she is. She risks losing her parents - her family. It's not sure how her life would go on. For this reason she takes it more or less easy. She lets events happen with her and her baby. Sometimes I had the feeling that she knows, that her mother isn't always so heartless to her, she is just afraid, that she makes a mistake she regrets later. Her self-confidence is so big that her mother can't make her what she wants - to abort the baby. Sometimes I had pity with Chris. He hasn't got to decide or even to say anything. He is just there and has to accept what she is deciding. In a way I can understand her, finally it's her life, she has to be there for the baby night and day. But she doesn't give any chance to Chris. All he's doing isn't right, but in fact, he isn't unfair to her. The things he's doing are normal for a young man in his age, it's just, he can't really imagine what responsibility he is going to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple language, yet complicated ideas. July 29 2000
By Eric Lu
Format:Paperback
I borrowed this book from the local British Council library. This book is recommended to the local upper secondary school students. (Grade 9 and 10) The book is in very simple easy-flowing language. However, the idea is complicated. The author has a magic way to make the story interesting. The author is also able to put on readers' thinking caps. "What would I do, if I were in such a situation?" was the quesiton that I often asked myself as I read on. The story starts with a conflict and ends in an open-ended way: it gives readers spaces to think. The book is a good guide to teenagers who are in love. It alert them how much trouble pre-marrital sex can bring. It also serves as a good guide to show teenagers who are pregnant at such early ages what to do. It is also a good guide book for parents who are living with teenagers. The book helps parents understand what the teenagers of the new century are thinking so that they can get closer to their sons or daughters. Anyway, this is a book that is very easy to read. It is just about 200 pages, so it won't take a lot of time. Enjoy your reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very realistic story Oct. 13 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I thought that the novel "Dear Nobody" was a very outstanding book of a pregnant teenager who was very confused. The two main characters of this book are Chris and Helen. Helen and Chris are both seniors, during the school year Helen becomes pregnant with Chris's baby and is left to make a decision on what to do with the unborn baby. She is pressured greatley by her non-understanding mother to have a abortion. Throughout the book Helen writes letters to her unborn baby about her most personal thought. This book to me gives a great perspective of a teenage girl, going through very confusing issues and how she deals with the changes her body is going through. The author does a termendous job of stating realistic facts. The novel is always leaving you wondering what is going to happen next. I never knew if Chris and Helen would stay together or not. I gave "Dear Nobody" four stars because it was well written and a great book to read, but it was drug out in some places.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very realistic story Oct. 13 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I thought that the novel "Dear Nobody" was a very outstanding book of a pregnant teenager who was very confused. The two main characters of this book are Chris and Helen. Helen and Chris are both seniors, during the school year Helen becomes pregnant with Chris's baby and is left to make a decision on what to do with the unborn baby. She is pressured greatley by her non-understanding mother to have a abortion. Helen soon finds herself unhappy with Chris and breaks it off. Throughout the book Helen writes letters to her unborn baby about her most personal thought. This book to me gives a great perspective of a teenage girl, going through very confusing issues and how she deals with the changes her body is going through. The author does a termendous job of stating realistic facts. The novel is always leaving you wondering what is going to happen next. I never knew if Chris and Helen would stay together or not. I gave "Dear Nobody" four stars because it was well written and a great book to read, but it was drug out in some places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Nobody Feb. 22 2004
By Tabatha
Format:Hardcover
I just loved this book. It makes unaware teenagers of the real-life issues that we are always on the ledge about. We, as teenagers, think that just one time won't hurt. However, this book makes us realize that actions of two minutes, as is most of the case, can effect the rest of our life.
The other issues that are faced, such as Chris's mom, are very real. The author gets deep into the emotions of Chris and Helen. As another reader complained of Helen's whining, it sounded to me that helen is really just expressing her emotions with no one to turn to, I think that I would respond the same way.
I love it, it must get a five star, it's one of the best books I have ever read.
I think that all teenagers should read this book, in order to understand that the whole two to three minutes of pleasure, can put all of your life on the back burner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Nobody
"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 more
Published on March 11 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good book
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 more
Published on Feb. 26 2002 by Yvonne
4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Nobody
I just finished the novel "Dear Nobody" by Berlie Doherty. It is a story of two high school seniors that fall in love. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2001 by Whitney Testa
4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Nobody was awesome!
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 more
Published on Oct. 10 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book eva
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 more
Published on Aug. 26 2001 by fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE best book
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 more
Published on April 26 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Nobody
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Most interesting book I've ever read
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 more
Published on Jan. 23 2001 by Gaora
4.0 out of 5 stars A special book
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 more
Published on Sept. 15 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars It is a very impressive book!
The book is easy to read but I was thrilled by the story. You can feel with the different persons and you can imagine their feelings. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2000
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