Thursday, October 15, 2015

Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler

Summary on Goodreads.

Available on Amazon.

"Mina is top of her class, girlfriend to the most ambitious guy in school, able to reason and study her way through anything. But when she suddenly finds herself pregnant—despite having never had sex—her orderly world collapses. Almost nobody believes Mina’s claims of virginity..." [more]

Teenagers that talk like they are 40 years old? Checked.

A seven year old sister that talks like she's 20? Checked.

The usual best friend, perfect boyfriend, school bully, new romantic interest? Checked.

In the hype of the tv show "Jane the Virgin we get this book: down right to the supportive mother, media involvement, website, and all.

Well, here I was supposed to see how a teenager reacted to finding out she was pregnant when she had no idea something like that could ever happen to her. But you see, Mina was a perfect daughter. She didn't really miss on anything but carrying this baby.

Sooo, had she been having sex she wouldn't have been chosen? Kind of makes a point in favor of the benefits of teen sex.

But seriously, the book is not religious even if what happened to Mina was a miracle. The most notorious thing about this story is how nobody was willing to believe in her.

Oh! Jesse is your perfectly cliched character. He becomes Mina's friend and is there for her ALL the way. I mean, the guy didn't have a life outside Mina's... to the point of moving to NYC with her! Right, just what any teenager in his right mind would do, become a modern Joseph. And no questions asked either.

Mina... after the love of her life, Nate, broke up with her because he didn't buy the immaculate conception, Mina falls in love with Jesse. I mean... whatever, teenagers' heart are supposed to be that volatile.

I didn't connect to any of the characters. They were all superficial, undeveloped, and unreal. For instance Gracie, Mina's little sister sounded older and all weird about being there to support her sister. I mean, you are seven and happy there would be a baby, but what is this talk about "I believe you and" and "I support you" and stuff? Is a seven year old even supposed to know what a virgin is?

Once Mina found out she was pregnant she immediately accepted her gift from God. At some point she would question her situation, bit it felt so fake that I moved on.

Don't look for an explanations as why Mina got impregnated by the holy spirit because this is not what the story is about. It is more about dealing with an unexpected pregnancy and people refusing to believe that miracles can happen nowadays. Poorly executed, though; boring and dragging.

I failed to see the magical realism in this story. Does this author even know what that is? Well, Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender could teach her how to do that.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this title.