My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Brianna Taylor had never been one of the cool crowd until she joined the cheerleading squad. Suddenly popular, she allows her best friend and alpha-female to call all the shots. A night out at the bar – courtesy of their fake IDs – finds Brianna with a stranger in her bed; a stranger with a health condition who has a heart attack shortly after they have sex.
Overwhelmed with guilt, Brianna follows the ambulance to the hospital and waits in the emergency room, only to discover why her lover had looked vaguely familiar. When her English teacher, Plain Jane, walks in and inquires about her husband, Brianna bolts. But being spotted in the ER is the least of her problems when Plain Jane’s husband dies, and Brianna’s cheerleading squad recognizes his memorial picture as the man she went home with from the bar.
Brianna wants nothing more than to leave everything about that night behind her, but that’s impossible when she discovers that she’s pregnant. Her own mother had never had much interest in her, and her older sister whom she’d been living with kicks her out after the whole story comes to light. Alone and abandoned, Brianna stays at a halfway house until an unexpected visitor comes for her.
Plain Jane had heard the rumors of Brianna’s pregnancy, and who the father might be. Together, the two of them form an unlikely relationship and Brianna learns that when the people she thinks she can count on desert her at her time of need, help and a true sense of family can come in the most unexpected forms.