As a teen, I thought if I ever got pregnant, I would do the “right” thing and give up the baby so she could have the best life possible. Now that I have had a child, I am not sure I would have been able to do it.

But this is the premise of Julie Burtinshaw‘s Saying Good-bye to London ($12.95, Second Story Press).

In it, we meet Francis, a shy 15 year old who meets edgy, confident 16-year-old Sawyer at a party. They hook up, and Sawyer gets pregnant.

As I would assume is often the case in unplanned pregnancies, teen or adult, Francis wonders how it’s possible Sawyer is pregnant as they only had unprotected sex once (sigh!), and questions whether the baby is his at all (grrr). Sawyer decides to give the baby up for adoption, and we get to watch how the pair deal with the situation and the choices they have to make before saying goodbye to baby London.

There is a lot going on with both Sawyer and Francis, as well as the secondary, but great characters of Kevin, Jack and the various parents, outside of the whole baby thing. It made for an interesting read, and I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters better. I loved how relationship between the teens changed throughout the nine-month journey.

I found the book, and the situations, including teen pregnancy, realistic including the frustrating part of rich-poor stereotypes and how easy it is for people to pass judgment on how other people live.


A copy of this book was provided by Second Story Press for an honest review