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Dear Nobody [Hardcover]

Berlie Doherty
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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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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From Publishers Weekly

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Nobody Feb. 22 2004
By Tabatha
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 March 11 2002
By A Customer
"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?" The answer is that Nobody is 18 year old Helen Garton's baby, growing inside her. Nobody is Chris' baby too, and so when Helen breaks their relationship saying, "I just need some time to figure everything out" he is furious. This just adds to Chris' list of problems of passing his exams, finding and talking to his ex-mother, and making his desions about college. Helen also has many probems to deal with, like college, exams, abortion, and regaining her mother's friendship and love. Find out how Helen & Chris figure their complicated lives out by reading "Dear Nobody", a **** out of ***** star book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a very good book Feb. 26 2002
By Yvonne
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 can change their lives.The book shows how these two teenagers go from being teenagers to the more adolt life.I give the book four stars and not five because the ending is not that good..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Nobody Oct. 16 2001
I just finished the novel "Dear Nobody" by Berlie Doherty. It is a story of two high school seniors that fall in love. The girl- Helen or "Nell"- gets pregnant near the beginning of the book. This book is a collection of her letters to her unborn child and also Chris's side of the story. Nell's feelings towards her unborn child change from hate to love throughout the book. She and Chris must make decisions with maturity that they weren't meant to make at such a young age. I loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Nobody was awesome! Oct. 10 2001
By A Customer
This book was soooo good! I couldnt put the book down! I would recommend this book to a anyone who enjoys highschool/teenage drama. The shared narative of Helen and Chris was wonderful. Berlie Doherty allows the readers to know both sides of the relationship. This is a wonderful book! I Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best book eva Aug. 26 2001
By fiona
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 . This is the best book ever . Thanx xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE best book April 27 2001
By A Customer
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. I couldn't put it down and it only took me 2 days to read it. I hope that everyone else who reads this will emjoy it as much as I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Nobody Jan. 23 2001
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
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.
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