Tuesday, 10 February 2009

I Know It's Over by C. K. Kelly Martin

PURE. UNPLANNED. PERFECT. Those were Nick’s summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents’ divorce still settling, complications are the last thing he needs. All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he’s neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn’t mind in the least. But Nick’s world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then, weeks later, while Nick’s still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she’s pregnant. Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can’t stop caring for, the girl who insists that it’s still over.

I can't tell you how well written this book is. It's so well written that I can't believe it's a debut novel. Seriously, it's amazing.

I Know It's Over deals with pretty much every issue you could hope for: sex, sexuality, first love, teen pregnancy and divorce. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, and doesn't let up until you finish the last page.

This book is unusual because it's from a male perspective - Nick's. I've never read a book like this that wasn't written from the female character's point of view, and I think that this is why it works so well. C. K. Kelly Martin takes us inside the head of a sixteen year old boy as if she's been there herself, which may not sound like an overly complimentary comment, but it is. Everything Nick feels and goes through is utterly heartbreaking, and his thoughts left me with tears in my eyes on more than one occasion.

Teen pregnancy is something that happens everywhere, all the time, yet it's one of those subjects that tends to get left alone. Books are still written about it, but it's not as prevalent as other themes. The way it was handled here is refreshing and brutally honest; abortion is discussed, lives are disrupted, difficult decisions are made... and all this from two sixteen year olds. It's scarily realistic.

I Know It's Over is real, insightful, serious and heart-rending all at the same time. It's one of the best books I've read this year, and I cannot wait to read C. K. Kelly Martin's next book, One Lonely Degree, which is published in May.


stargirlreads said...

looks great

Chicklish said...

I love the sound of this.

I've read a couple of books about teen pregnancy from a male point of view recently: Slam by Nick Hornby and Just Sixteen by Jean Ure. I'd love to see how this compares, too!

Steph Su said...

I really want to read this book. Reeeeeeeally.

H said...

I haven't read any from a male POV recently. This sounds interesting. I don't like the cover though

Caroline said...

This was a great book.

Anonymous said...

AMAZING book! It's the best I've read in a while!