Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer

Title: The Inconceivable Life of Quinn
Author: Marianna Baer
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Abrams/Amulet
Pages: 384


Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn’s desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets—strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin?


I picked up a copy of this book because it has a really pretty cover. I was expecting the story to be pretty too, but it wasn't. It ended up being kind of ugly in fact. 

It took me a while to put myself in Quinn's shoes, she has tiny, slender feet and squeezing my fat hooves into them was quite the challenge. Then I had to get pregnant, and that took a couple months. I mean, my husband and I tried every day, but it took a while for it to stick. Then, once I was pregnant and able to continue reading the story, I found out that Quinn might actually be a virgin...and well, it's not like I could exactly take back my previous actions with my husband, so that was a bit awkward and hard to relate to. But I brought myself back on track by encouraging the local Jehovah's Witness to visit my house all the time, it wasn't quite the same as the religious fanatics from the story, but it was as close as I was comfortable getting. 

So once I got myself into Quinn's life, I went on the journey with her to try and discover how she got pregnant in the first place. I figured she'd just gotten blackout drunk at some party and didn't remember having sex with her boyfriend, but then when he was so sure that they hadn't had sex I didn't know what to think. In the end, it was a wild ride to the truth for me.

I give The Inconceivable Life of Quinn 4 adorable onesies. 

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About the Author

Marianna Baer has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of the young adult novel Frost. According to Kirkus Reviews, “Baer has a knack for dialogue and creating creepy situations that will intrigue teens.” She lives in Brooklyn and works as a freelance editor.

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