But lately her mother worries that Sydney is wandering down the wrong path and getting all caught up in petty teenage rebellion and shenanigans. The problem is, they already have. Every Little Thing in the World introduces a luminous new young-adult voice by the author of the critically acclaimed book for adults Gossip of the Starlings. Sydney was a character that was easy to like from the beginning because while she had a big problem that none of you teens out there will hopefully have to face during your high school years, she also had others that were easy to relate to.

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Wednesday, April 7, Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont As you can probably tell from my blog I enjoy reading fiction that deals with real problems teens face today; abortion, teen sex, pregnancy, drug abuse etc. What I look for in these books is that the issues are discussed honestly and the facts presented in a truthful, unbiased manner.

This book, about a teenage girl dealing with her unexpected pregnancy is biased towards abortion rights and filled with incidents and dialogue that perpetuate misinformation about abortion, abortion providers and the prolife movement. The book is mainly a parroting of misquoted prolife phrases that never quite meet the mark nor make the case for Sydney having her baby, all the while portraying prolife people as self-righteous and pushy. Sydney Biggs, 16 years old and pregnant, is sent to spend time with her father on his farm, to shape up and get her act together.

Her mother is fed up with her drinking and partying. With no one she feels she can to turn to, no money and a broken family Sydney decides that she will get an abortion. And in fact, this highlights one of the most significant reasons as to why women have abortions. Women who seek abortions often feel they have no options. Abortion presents itself as the easiest and only reasonable option.

Many eventually learn that what seemed to be a simple straightforward "procedure" becomes a life-time of regret or worse. The other aspect of this is that having a child is portrayed as a very life-ruining thing. And in fact, de Gramont reinforces the former viewpoint in her book. His second wife, Kerry is mother to twins and an eight-month-old. She is described as 29 years old and "since the twins and Rebecca, she had gained over a hundred pounds.

In fact, most are entering middle age, trim and healthy. This section of the book is peppered with unsavory descriptions of Kerry the mother: "Kerry was a big believer in breast-feeding, and the only thing that ever calmed her babies down was one of her giant boobs I sang a little, but without much feeling, knowing nothing I did would make a difference until Kerry returned and peeled off her shirt.

Not very appealing to teens. Breastfeeding, a very natural part of being a mother is presented in an almost degrading way. She states "Across the country politicians and Christians fought over whether life began at conception. It is politicans and abortion rights advocates who have campaigned for the change in the medical definition of when life begins so as to market drugs such as RU and Plan B as contraceptives rather than abortifacients.

On page 42, de Gramont has Sydney looking through the telephone book for abortion providers. Sydney is shocked that abortion is first in the yellow pages but upon closer inspection she realizes that in fact, "abortion alternatives" are listed first. You know, organizations like " I knew that if I called any of them, I would get a lecture on the evils of abortion.

Probably they would drop the name Jesus Christ That is the mission of the organization. Birthright serves clients of all faiths. Birthright connects women with the resources they need to give birth.

A woman choosing abortion would not be lectured to, nor would God be brought into any discussion. A woman wanting to abort her baby would however, have to find the help to obtain an abortion through another organization. I also wonder what New Jersey Right to Life would say about giving evil lectures? Did de Gramont contact any pregnancy support group to determine what they do? Secondly, every pregnancy results in the creation of a new human being.

This is a provable, scientific fact presented in virtually all embryology and obstetrical texts, that those favoring abortion rights have chosen to ignore or discount. Continuing on, At any rate: The New Jersey Citizens for Life would pretend to care about me, but their real goal would be nine months down the road, a nice white baby for a nice white - and Christian - family.

Sadly, what I felt was shown through this passage of her book, was the cynicism of an adult shown through the teen character, Sydney. Not to mention the disparaging remark against Christian white families! We knew that we should always use condoms, always, because one time was all it took to get pregnant or catch an STD Or maybe it was because of "health" class?

Of course, "health" class failed to mention abstinence until marriage might have helped Sydney avoid the situation she now finds herself in. But of course, those promoting contraception and abortion to teens insist that abstinence education is not effective despite recent research demonstrating the opposite. Most teenagers do NOT use contraception and certainly not two forms of contraception, despite intense indoctrination and "education".

Recent research has demonstrated that not only are these programs ineffective but that they may even have an "adverse effect". I would have felt like such a killjoy bringing up a technical and unromantic word like "condom"..

Moving along with the storyline, we learn that Sydney is to be packed off to a summer camp in northern Ontario to learn about responsibility and rediscover herself. Her best friend Natalia Miksa, also grounded for bad behaviour ends up at the same summer camp. Prior to arriving at camp, Natalia discovers that her much older sister is in fact her mother who had her at age 16 or so.

Natalia, originally in favor of abortion, is now prolife. Natalia states, " I keep thinking about your plans, and then I feel sort of grateful. The choice to NOT have a baby is made before engaging in sexual intercourse. Sydney made a choice. She chose to have sex at a time when she was not ready to have a baby. She is now pregnant with a human baby. The argument she presents is diversionary and irrelevant.

Throughout their time canoeing through northern Ontario, Natalia offers to help Sydney. She eventually offers to take her baby and to make things right for her.

However, Sydney remains ambivalent and undecided until finally she takes Natalia up on her offer. When everyone is taken to hospital Sydney makes the impulsive decision to have an abortion. When she learns that as an American citizen she cannot have an abortion in and Ontario hospital unless someone pays for the "procedure", she finally reaches out in desperation and calls her mother.

No encouraging Sydney to take responsibility for getting pregnant. Instead mom lovingly springs for the money for the abortion because THAT is considered the responsible parental action. Abortion is presented as a quick, easy solution to a complicated life-changing situation.

In the end I had chosen hope when hope presented itself. I had chosen me, and a life beyond that fleeting craziness two months before. I had chosen this new wisdom and resignation over months and years of uncertainty and trouble.

A baby dies in every abortion. A baby is the future. How is killing a baby an act of hope? It is an act of cowardice. Sadly, I felt this book portrayed abortion as a responsible, self-liberating act of hope. Abortion is anything but this. One needs to only consider the growing "I regret my abortion" movement in the United States to see that for many many women abortion is a traumatic life experience in which they remain forever, the mother of a dead baby.

Despite abortion advocates attempts to portray abortion as a affirming experience, it remains one of deep shame for many women. I am disappointed that de Gramont did not present a stronger case for a teen girl having her baby and considering other options than single parenthood or abortion.

It is also irresponsible to portray abortion as an easy way out without any discussion of the physical, emotional and psychological risks of abortion. I can recommend this book as a great discussion point for abortion, sex education, adoption, teen pregnancy and teen sexuality as well as the impact of divorce and single parenthood on teens. Posted by.


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Magami When I first saw the cover and heard the jacket blip of this book, I instantly made fun of it. She plans to not think Reviewed by Breanna F. And Sydney does plenty of thinking, even after Natalia finagles her way onto the wilderness trip, which comes with some physical and emotional highs and lows. Every Little Thing in the World The next day, the campers get into the canoes and only two people know how to stern. The kids go worrld diving without PFDs. This was, of course, a big deal since I am not a book buyer. Add to Cart Add to Cart.


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