Water in May by Ismee Amiel Williams – (Review by Katie – #NerdGirlKtLBLy)

Title: Water in May

Author: Ismee Amiel Williams

Published Date: September 12th 2017

Genre: Social & Family Issues


1 star

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Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that the baby she’s carrying will finally mean she’ll have a family member who will love her deeply and won’t ever leave her—not like her mama, who took off when she was eight; or her papi, who’s in jail; or her abuela, who wants as little to do with her as possible. But when doctors discover a potentially fatal heart defect in the fetus, Mari faces choices she never could have imagined.

Surrounded by her loyal girl crew, her off-and-on boyfriend, and a dedicated doctor, Mari navigates a decision that could emotionally cripple the bravest of women. But both Mari and the broken-hearted baby inside her are fighters; and it doesn’t take long to discover that this sick baby has the strength to heal an entire family.

Inspired by true events, this gorgeous debut has been called “heartfelt, heartbreaking and—yes!—even a little heart-healing, too” by bestselling YA novelist Carolyn Mackler.

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***Katie – #NerdGirlKtLBLy’s Review***
Mari is a 15 year old Dominican American who is pregnant. Mari is ecstatic because her personal life hasn’t been the best. Her mother left her with her grandmother when she was 8 years old, her father has been in jail for dealing drugs since she was 3, and recently her grandmother doesn’t seem to want anything to do with her. She feels that having this baby is exactly what she needs to have someone who will finally love her unconditionally and won’t leave her. However, she finds out that the baby has a heart defect, and only has half of a heart. She, along with the baby’s father Bertie, have to decide their situation going forward no matter how tough those situations are.
I’ve read a few books about teenagers who are pregnant and unsure of their situation, but usually those characters grow and learn from past mistakes. They understand their situations and what they need to do for themselves and their baby. Mari didn’t seem to do that at all and I really ended up not liking her character what so ever. I know she’s only 15, but she just made such stupid mistakes. She also blamed everyone else for problems that she causes. She was so judgmental, rude, hypocritical, selfish, and bratty. I just couldn’t connect to her so that made reading, that much more difficult. She wants to have a baby so bad, but she doesn’t prepare anything: she doesn’t read any baby books, she doesn’t have a job, she has no money, she doesn’t even go to a social worker meeting to get information about insurance and information about the types of surgeries her baby would need, because she doesn’t like social workers. Some of the other characters are likeable, and I did have one emotional moment with something unfortunate that happened to a side character, but that doesn’t change how I deeply dislike Mari as a character and how I did not enjoy this book.

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