The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer
Publisher: Amulet Books
Format: ARC e-book
Note: I received this book from netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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?
This book was very interesting and I have never read anything like it before. It was very unique and there were certain parts of the book that I really liked and then there were parts that just confused me or that I disliked.
The first half of the book we see Quinn trying to figure out how she got pregnant and seeing how her pregnancy affects her family, especially her dad’s campaign. I did like Quinn but there were times where she was very annoying but to be fair if I was in her situation I would probably act the way she did. She knows she has not had sex, she does have a long term boyfriend but they never had gone that far. Her parents were very frustrating and did not help her situation at all. I knew that there was going to be a religious aspect to the book since the synopsis hinted to Quinn’s baby perhaps being the next messiah. That part was interesting and it was written really well. Media played a big part in this book; Baer did a great job showing how the media twists everything and do not care if they have correct sources, or any sources at all, and who they harm in the process.
This book was written in third person and was mainly focused on Quinn. There were a few chapters that were from other people point of views like her father, her therapist, a nurse, a woman who thinks she is the next Mary, and a few others. At first I did not like these chapters but after the third point of view chapter it started to give more insight into what other people thought about her situation.
I do not want to give away the ending for those who have not read it yet but without giving away too much I was not expecting how she got pregnant. After I read the end I had to go back and re-read. The second time reading through I saw that there were things that did allude to the way she got pregnant. I thought that it was really interesting and fit really well with the book and who Quinn is as a person.
Overall I did enjoy the book and I do recommend it to others. The beginning was a bit of a chore to read but after the first few chapters it starts to pick up.
*This book will be out April 4 of this year. All opinions are my own
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