And Baby Makes Two

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Dyan Sheldon is the author of many novels for young adult readers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN, which was made into a major motion picture. American by birth, she lives in North London.

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  • Paperback
  • 228 pages
  • And Baby Makes Two
  • Dyan Sheldon
  • English
  • 05 August 2019
  • 9781406315486

10 thoughts on “And Baby Makes Two

  1. says:

    I'm a bit torn about how I feel about this one but I liked it overall. Lana is definitely a really difficult character to like but I think there are perfectly sound reasons for that- she's still just an immature kid and appears to be suffering from postnatal depression (or maybe she really was just clueless and selfish.) As infuriating as a lot of her actions were, I still found myself drawn into the book and eager to know how things turned out. The writing itself is very good- easy to read and told in a very coherent fashion. It wasn't too long or too short; the story was told in the perfect length and every page had meaning to the book. It wasn't perfect and it wasn't amazing but it was interesting and certainly easily kept me reading until the very last word.

  2. says:

    That girls who think having a baby at the age of 15 is considered to be the best way to start a mature life......
    (They're crazy, aren't they??)
    Lana Spiggs, what does she do with her brains???
    Ya, she thinks about Les.(And having a baby, of course)
    This really lets me down......
    I don't mean Dyan Sheldon isn't good. I'm just disappointed with Lana.
    She's still young. 15 is a perfect age. But what would you do if you're already with a baby at the age of 15.
    All gone.......

  3. says:

    I am frustrated! I can't believe how thoughtless and irresponsible the MC was in this book. How could she even consider having a baby at 15 to be the best way to start a "mature" life? I had hoped that things would work out in the end but no. Sa hit just got serious and she was all alone with her baby whom she named after a freaking shoepolish brand.

  4. says:

    All Lana Spriggs wants out of life is to have her own family. Even at fifteen, she knows that she'll only be happy out of her mothers clutches and safely in the arms of her own Leonardo DiCaprio lookalike complete with children. When Lana meets Les she truly believes she's found The One and when she manages to get pregnant without even trying, Lana sees her dream emerging in front of her very own eyes. The truth, however, is very different from the fantasy and not only does Lana have to deal with being pregnant at fifteen but it also turns out that motherhood isn't exactly the walk in the park she had imagined. Is Lana able to keep her fantasy going or is the harsh reality of motherhood going to cause everything to fall around her ears?

    With my bookshelves broadening with Young Adult books, I still keep my eyes open for authors that sounds like I would enjoy. On GoodReads one day I saw a book called "My Worst Best Friend" and the thing that struck me about the book was it's cover so I did a quick Amazon search and saw it was by Dyan Sheldon (the book, not the cover) and that, luckily enough, she had a new book coming out called And Baby Makes Two which I was able to pre-order half price. Not wanting to pass up such a beautiful looking book I quickly ordered it and awaited it's arrival. I was browsing my shelves for a bit of light reading and saw that at just over 200 pages And Baby Makes Two was going to be my reading choice on that particular night.

    Although I said And Baby Makes Two was a new release, it's actually a re-release and was originally published in 2000 which makes more sense as to why the book appears to be set in the nineties (Discmans, oh how I miss thee). I was interested to see how Dyan Sheldon would write a teenage pregnancy - we've seen and read it loads of times, after all - and it's fair to say that Lana is much like most teenage girls you see on Jeremy Kyle - thinking a baby means happiness and happy every after et al when in reality it's not all sweetness and light. The way in which Dyan portrays it makes it sound so unglamorous that any youngster even thinking of having a baby ought to be given this book to read. It would definitely make them think twice.

    Of course before the baby actually comes along, Lana already seems to have troubles as her relationship with her mother is tenuous to say the least. It's due to her mother (kind of) that Lana meets Les, in McDonalds of all places. At first it seems like the dream relationship - as dreamy as a relationship can be when you're a) lying about your age and b) keeping him away from your mother. It all starts to go wrong there after as Lana finds herself pregnant at fifteen and Les isn't exactly jumping with joy. The months pass fairly quickly and Lana's pregnancy isn't too much a focal point though it is enough, as I said, to put any teenager off wanting to have a baby. The most impact of the entire book comes after Lana has had her little girl and Dyan Sheldon is able to ram home the message that looking after a baby really isn't as fun as it may sound.

    I admit I found myself cringing as Lana struggles to deal with her little girl. I could see how hard it was and I found myself also getting annoyed at Lana at times because when she moaned about not being able to go out with friends and things I just thought she was being utterly selfish. Having to deal with a screaming baby was what she had signed up for and for her not to know how it was really going to be was rather naive. The fact that she also refused her mother's help - calling her all names under the sun in the process - made it all the worse. I struggled to truly see why Lana and her mother didn't get on and I thought Lana acted petulantly whenever her mother came up in the book (which was regularly and not without the names - Wicked Witch being a firm favourite). I did like Lana though, even though I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and give her a good shake for being so naive and stupid but it's to be expected because she is only 15. No one else really hung around for the entire book, bar Lana's mum who I actually didn't mind. Les, Lana's kinda boyfriend, does pop up from time to time but I never really liked him.

    I really enjoyed And Baby Makes Two, it was an incredibly quick read and it only took me around 3 hours to complete the entire book, which makes for a good evening read I must say! There's nothing like being able to start a book one night and finish it before going to bed. It's a testament to Dyan Sheldon's writing that I pretty much read it in one sitting and I'll definitely be on the look out for Dyan's other books! If you're looking for a bit of light reading, this is well worth picking up and, to be honest, every teenager even contemplating having a baby ought to give this a read. It'll put you off for life.

  5. says:

    They say don't judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to "And baby makes two" by Dyan Sheldon, how can you do otherwise? I decided to read this book because i simply was intrigued by the cover and the title. I personally love reading novels about common teenage problems, like in this case, teen pregnancy. So as you would expect, i began to read. Fifteen year old Lana Spiggs meets her perfect guy (Les) on her birthday at McDonalds, and after being in a relationship for a couple of weeks, she falls pregnant. Not worried by the fact that she would be throwing her life away, she decides to keep the baby. i found her character the most interesting because of how blinded she was, and strongly believed that Les was going to stick around to have the baby, get married and live in her apartment with her, when he happened to be hiding from her and her baby at his mothers house. She was so driven by this belief she abandoned her family and friends to be with a guy who didn't want anything to do with her. "When i look at it now, I reckon sleeping with Les must have put me i some kind of trance. Like a fairy tale, but in reverse. Instead of the Prince's kiss waking me up, it put me to sleep." I found this quote interesting because it infers that Lana had some idea of what was becoming of her, but funnily enough, she didn't try to stop herself and stay realistic about her life and pregnancy. This book definitely made me think deeper about being too lose with your body and living in the moment, because these are serious issues and have negative life changing consequences. You need to be careful with decisions like these and make sure the time is right before you do anything drastic like getting pregnant. This book is a great reflection of the thousands of girls getting pregnant at an early age, and displays the consequences significantly.

  6. says:

    This was a first for me reading Dyan Sheldon and I was not disappointed, interesting book full of the ups and downs and being a teenager, and how sometimes all people want is a baby. Although she learned just how difficult babies can be and in the process lost a lot of things, another book to learn from if you are a teenager and want a baby - It's not the time, enjoy yourself and think about things like that much later in life.
    It's a shame not more people pick up this book to learn (although they did leave out big parts of the birth which I think are important to young readers who are even considering having a child).
    Still though I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be getting more of the authors books.

  7. says:

    This story is about a silly, day dreaming, 15 year old. All she wants to do is grow up. She wants marriage, a home, a family and to be an actress. She is so annoying and got on my nerves.
    I don't mind when books have a main character that I dislike as long as they have a story that keeps me entertained and other characters that ARE likable. For instance, I did enjoy reading about Hilary and Charley but they were the only ones I really did like.

    This book ended very disappointingly. I was hoping for at least some form of a happy ending. It would have been nice if Lana got over Les and told his mother about the baby. It would have been nice to see her go to Hilary for help, bawling her eyes out. I suppose she did get what she deserved. She wanted to be grown up and 'bam' she got it.

  8. says:

    Every 15-year old should read this.
    The characters are not very likeable. The events are not very likeable. The main character's daydreaming is pretty annoying. I still feel this book painted a bit too rosy picture. After all, not all parents are forgiving and supportive towards teen age pregnancies. I felt that the story was a little too good to be true and that's why it got 3 stars.
    Besides that, pretty honest book. I remember feeling shitty during my pregnancies and feeling low after births. The emotions felt real. Not an easy read.

  9. says:

    I liked how this book promotes awareness for teenage pregnancies and shows how having a baby isn't as easy as it may seem. I liked how the main character was portrayed as selfish and immature. It added to the effect of the book by being able to see how someone like Lana would see the world. Not the best book I've ever read but it was okay. The book may stress you out if you have a low tolerance for people like the main character though.

  10. says:

    I have this sneaking suspicion that this was written in part as a warning to teenage girls—don't have unprotected sex, kids, or you might end up pregnant and wildly ignorant (of just about everything) and with an utterly deadbeat baby daddy! It doesn't really work on me, because 1) I'm far too old to ever be a teenage parent, and 2) I'm more appalled by Lana than by the situation she finds herself in. If anything, it makes me hope to never parent a Lana.

    Lana is pretty willfully ignorant a lot of the time. I'm torn on the ending: on the one hand, I'm glad that things don't get magically (and, more to the point, unrealistically) better for her. Classic YA would have been for Lana to realise the error of her ways, go back to school and get a job, meet a nice stable guy who's willing to be a part-time parent, make up with her mother...etc., etc., etc. Instead, if anything, it looks like things are going to get harder for Lana: less support, more responsibility. On the other hand, I don't think she actually learns anything. By the end of the book she's still spending all her spare money on clothing; still convinced that her own mother is an 'old bag'; still, I think, convinced that with a boyfriend/husband she'll be happy. (And nobody ever seems to notice or be bothered by the fact that, when she and her original dirtbag boyfriend start sleeping together, he's 20 and she's 15. Guys. That's statutory rape.)

    Points for not wrapping things up easily, would have been nice to see Lana learn something from the experience.

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