The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer
Read: December 21-28, 2016
Format: ARC Kindle Book
My Book Rating: 4.5 Stars
Publisher: Abrams / Amulet Books
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary / Magical Realism
Challenges: 2017 YA
ABOUT THE BOOK
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 received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I acquired an ARC of this book from NetGalley and read it pretty quickly. The cover was what first attracted me to this book. It’s just so… pretty with the blues and pinks and stars. I love the text and the imagery (which is entirely appropriate for the story) and… everything. The second thing that hooked me was the story concept, teen girl is pregnant… but she’s also the the daughter of a politician. I wanted to see how this drama unfolded. And honestly, it was not at all what I expected.
This is kind of an odd book. Not odd bad, just… hard to put my finger on how exactly to describe it.
16 year old Quinn is pregnant and has no recollection of ever having had sex. Sure, she’s messed around with her boyfriend, but nothing that could result in a baby! But there she was, pregnant.
This book follows Quinn throughout the nine months of her pregnancy while she tries to figure out when and how she ended up pregnant. She’s convinced it was rape and she has blocked any memory of the event. Until she discovers a secret about her grandmother.
I seriously can’t say much else about what happens without spoiling the story! I can say that I could not put this book down. I devoured it. I needed to know what happened next. At 76% I updated my reading progress on Goodreads with: “I still have no clue where this is going! And I’m loving it!” and my final thoughts were: “Wow! What a beautiful book.”
The only negative I have about this one aren’t really negatives about the story, just personal hatred for Quinn’s father. He just rubbed me the wrong way. I liked the rest of the family, but her dad is kind of a jerk.
So, I guess I’ll just tell you to give this book a chance and go into it with an open mind and be prepared for ambiguity.
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“But I’m not lying. I don’t know how it happened! How am I supposed to figure it out if I’m telling the truth and none of you want to hear it?”
“…but I wanted to mention that my daughter had . . . an active imagination when she was younger. If she says anything that seems upsetting or unusual, please let me know . . .”
Because something was wrong, and if she could figure it out, maybe she could help.
Maybe she could save her.
If she hadn’t happened to go to the doctor, would she have been one of those girls who went all nine months without knowing? Because, clearly, there was something really wrong with her.
“…But you realize my boys would have to be superheroes? Like, wearing tiny little capes and doing impossible things.”
The words crept under her skin and stayed there, crawling around like maggots. And what other things had people said? What else did they think about her and her baby? The curiosity worked up into a frenzy inside of her. She didn’t care if the people were insane. She needed to know what they were saying.
Too many questions.
All she wanted was for someone to give her the answers.
“Seriously?” Jesse said, breaking into a jog. “You get to be friends with the ocean, and I get a pigeon?”