Saturday, April 8, 2017

ARC Review: The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer

The Inconceivable Life of Quinn
Author: Marianna Baer
Publication: Amulet Books (April 4, 2017)

Description: 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?

My Thoughts: THE INCONCEIVABLE LIFE OF QUINN was a fascinating, readable story. Quinn finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at age sixteen. She has never had sex with her boyfriend Jesse. In fact, she doesn't remember ever having sex at all. As she tries to solve the mystery of how she became pregnant, things around her change. Her father is running for Congress in a district where he should be a shoe-in until Quinn's pregnancy raises questions about the family. She finds herself distanced from her friends because she can't tell them that she has no idea how she became pregnant.

Quinn's insistence to her doctor that she's never had sex and is a virgin is spread to the internet by someone in the lab at her doctor's which leads religious fanatics of all kinds to gather outside her home and trash her reputation on social media. In order to protect her, her parents take away all her access to her friends and social media which just leaves her feeling even more isolated.

Quinn dwells on the two weeks in May that she spent in Maine at a home once owned by the grandmother her father hates for abandoning him and who committed suicide by walking into the sea. Quinn remembers some strange things from her childhood from the time she nearly drowned to times when the sea seemed to welcome her. She remembers bits and pieces of an old children's story about the Deeps who live in the ocean.

A big theme in this one is the role that social media plays in our lives. The social media storm about Quinn's pregnancy causes her father to end his campaign for Congress. Rumors of sexual abuse spread rapidly but without any evidence. The role of social media in spreading rumors about Quinn makes her an internet sensation and destroys any sense of privacy. It doesn't help that Quinn is herself struggling to put together what really happened in May.

This was an engaging and thought-provoking story told from a variety of viewpoints - Quinn's, her boyfriend Jesse's, a woman who believes that Quinn might be carrying the new messiah, and others.

Favorite Quote:
How did you get here? Quinn asked. Who are you? Why are you inside of me? Babies aren't supposed to be mysteries.
I received this one for review from the publisher. You can buy your copy here.

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