|Year of Publication||2010|
|Publisher||Orca Book Publishers|
Zach and Ashley have been dating for a few months when Ashley tells Zach she is pregnant with his baby. Zach doesn’t know what to do. He feels like running away, but decides to stick it out for Ashley. Struggling to connect with Ashley’s parents about the subject, Zach goes to the internet to find out more about teen pregnancy. Zach discovers that there are lots of other guys in similar situations, and Zach decides that he would be capable of raising a child. Now he must convince his parents, Ashley’s parents, and Ashley that keeping the baby is the right choice. But now, Zach has more questions than ever – did he make the right choice? Will he be ready to be a father? Reaction is a young adult, realist fiction novel and is part of the Orca currents series, featuring high-interest, low-vocabulary stories. This novel is written from the first-person, immediate-engaging perspective of Zach.
“Truth is, I had a million doubts about what we were doing. Would she be strong enough to go through with it? Would the baby be healthy? Would I be a good father? Would her parents allow me to be part of the picture? Did I really want to make the commitment?” (53)