Author: Berlie Doherty
Title: Dear Nobody
First published in: 1994
and brief descripition: Helen is a girl, she is 17 years old, in the story she’s pregnant, and she has long brown hair, she wants to be an independent woman.
Chris is a boy, he is also like 17 years old, in the story he is the father of the child of Helen (and Chris), he misses Helen very much when she leaves him.
Amy is the baby of Helen and Chris and she is a girl.
Title explanation: Dear Nobody is the baby that lives inside Helen. Helen writes letters to the baby and above those letters she writes Dear Nobody.
Summary: Helen and Chris are in love with each other. They are very close and they sleep together. Helen has the feeling that she is pregnant so she buys an pregnancy test. The test comes out positive so she isn’t pregnant, but she still isn’t sure of it. She buys another pregnancy-test and this one comes out negative, she is really pregnant. She tells Chris and he is very shocked. They decided to keep it al secret. Then her mum finds out about it, they talked and talked and Helen has to geo to an abortion clinic, to take away the baby. While she is lying there she thinks about a letter of Chris, he writes: to say her that he doesn’t agree with her doing an abortion because she will take away a live. She just goes out of the surgery room and goes home.
Helen is going to ride a horse, she goes faster and faster and she reaches the beach, where she falls of he horse on purpose, because she wants to cause a miscarriage. That doesn’t work.
She starts writing letters to the baby. Chris and Helen aren’t very close anymore and her mother doesn’t want them to be close.
There is a party in June and Helen and Chris go there. Helen breaks their relation because she want to take care of her child on her own.
Chris goes on a holiday to France with his friend Tom, on the mountain bike. They meet two very nice girls. They have a nice time together. When they’re back in the county Bryn, that is the name of the girl on the vacation, comes by. They fall in love. But Chris still thinks of Helen.
It’s October and the baby must come soon. The mother of Chris, who ran away when he was a little boy, send a letter to Helen telling her that she will pay her money for bringing up the child, but that she wants to see her grand-child.
The baby is born, Chris and Helen are really split up, bus Chris was with the birth of Amy.
Helen send all the letter that she writ to Chris so he could feel how she felt when she was pregnant.
Passage from the book
and a personal comment: ………..’Tom and two girls were messing about, playing with a Frisbee and rouding up all the camp-site dogs. They seemdes to spnd all their time laughing, annoying the hell out of me. The grils were Welch. Bryn and Menai, they were called. They were hitching round Frnace, which I think is al stupid thing for girls to do. They talked to ech other in Welsh all the time, and that irritated me from the start. The little one, Bryn, was dark, and just wouldn’s stop talking. I tried to ignore her but she seemed to know a lot about books and kept asking me which bit I was up to. I hate people talking to me when I’m reading. But every time I looked up, she had that incredible smile………….’
I think this is a nice part because he doesn’t likes her in this part, but when they get to know each other they fall in love, so they like each other very much.
My opinion: This is a very nice book. I never read this kind of book in dutch but I think I’m going to do that to. It’s an interesting subject also because I do a piece of work about abortion. It’s a realistic story, and I like that because it doesn’t sound fake and fake things are most of the time so unbelievable that it isn’t nice to listen to a story like that, so I like realistic story’s more. The letters that Helen writes to her baby are very emotional, I didn’t cry, but it’s very nice when you can write it to someone who can’t say anything back, but you can also share a lot with that person. I think boys find this book very boring but the girls will find this a really nice book.
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