Psychologist Cary Taylor’s life just isn’t what it used to be. She dreads her job and no longer finds it exciting. Her family barely spends more than a few minutes together in the same room. She and her husband are drifting apart, and their fifteen-year-old daughter has developed an attitude.
When Cary discovers her daughter is pregnant by a boy from the wrong side of the tracks—and he is the son of one of her clients—her already out-of-control life suddenly gets more complicated.
Cary’s never imagined having a relationship with a client beyond the fifty-minute hour, much less someone so different from her. Cary must come to terms with her own fears if she is going to salvage her already rocky relationship with her daughter—and piece their family back together.
Told from the perspectives of both mothers and the young couple, Trailer Baby gives us a refreshingly honest, yet uplifting story of hope and healing, and how the heart can open up to love.
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This book hits you hard! But in a way that makes you think about class and preconceived notions. It was a bit slow to start but really got good in the third chapter.
Read in less than 24 hours! The premise of this book is appealing as a parent, what makes the situation of a teenage pregnancy more of a dynamic story in this book is the complete opposite socioeconomic situations of the main characters. The juxtaposition between the two keeps the plot moving at a fast pace, and keeps the reader wanting to get to the end so we can see ultimately what decision has been made and what happens in the lives of all who were effected. I will surely be looking for more from this author and appreciate the opportunity for an advance copy. Thank you again.
This was a novel of redemption especially for Cary, a main character. The characters were tough to like at times. The judgmental wealthy family was an example of privilege and was crumbling under the pressure of one problem. I thought Cary should be in therapy, not giving it. The family in the trailer park was leaning way too hard on the teenage son for income and running the household. This novel spotlighted the fact that money doesn't make a perfect family, all have their ups and downs.
I absolutely fell in love with this book! I felt like i immediately knew and connected with the characters in a way i had never connected before, I felt the family falling apart as Cessna was hiding a huge secret from her mom and dad, but Cessna wasnt the only one with a problem Ben ignored everything that had to do with being at home He went to all of Jays games and bonded with his son in a way that hadnt happened with his daughter. The mom was a fully functioning alcoholic that could give great advice to her clients but couldnt seem to fix her own family or take her own advice. In the end im glad Cessna made the decision she did and im hoping there will be a sequel so that we can see what happens with trailer baby! this was such an uplifting story of how families can come together and love each other as they should have been!
I enjoyed this book about a teenage pregnancy and how it drew a family together. The family had, over time, all gone off in their own direction. They were actually four people living in the same house, rather than a family. The book is interesting in that it tells the story of the teenage parents, as well as how this situation impacts everyone around them. The main character is a therapist, who helps other people, but initially cannot help herself or anyone else in her family. Luckily, her business partner is empathic soul who eventually helps her find her way. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in return for my honest review.
3.5 stars I thought this was a good book, but I enjoyed it more because of Cary and Lily’s relationship. While Cary never imagined she’d have to deal with one of her clients outside of work, she is forced to when her daughter reveals that she is pregnant and the father is her client’s son. I personally didn’t like Cessna or Jeremy. Cessna was convinced that her and Jeremy would raise the baby and live happily ever after. Considering she was only fifteen, this wasn’t surprising, but definitely naive on her part. Jeremy on the other hand, had other priorities, like taking care of his mother and siblings, and while enlisting seemed like a mature decision, I thought it was extremely immature of him to constantly brush off Cessna whenever she tried to talk about the baby. Then he dropped the idea of adoption on her as if he had it all planned out (since he already found a couple to adopt the baby) and never took into consideration what she wanted. While I believe the decision they came to was the right decision for everyone all around, I felt as though Cessna was somewhat pressured into it. Even though she was a teenager and most likely didn’t know what she really wanted yet, everyone else in her life appeared to go along with the idea before she did. I wasn’t convinced she came to the decision on her own because at that point everyone was presenting her with they wanted. One aspect of this story I did enjoy was seeing Cary and Lily grow closer. They developed an unexpected friendship, and I admired their support for one another while their children were going through such a life changing experience that affected both of their families. Overall, the book was good and it was well written, but I think I would have enjoyed the story more if I liked Cessna and Jeremy’s characters better. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3540949380
Trailer Baby is more than a book specifically about teen pregnancy, it is also about family dynamics and being on two different sides of the tracks. Cary and Lily are the narrators of the story. They meet as therapist and patient who become connected even more when their teenage children are revealed to be dating and are expecting a baby at age 15 and 18. I found this book interesting. I was most interested in the relationship that builds between the two mothers, Cary and Lily, rather than in the young people trying to navigate their unplanned pregnancy. While reading I had an idea about how I thought it would play out and I was right on the mark. I was not disappointed in the ending, but I would have liked to have known a little more about how the young mother, Cessna, coped afterwards. I will recommend this book to those who enjoy women's fiction. My sincere thanks to BHC Press and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read Trailer Baby and give my unbiased opinion of the book.
This book was so good I read it in a day. I felt bad for all the characters and liked them all except the father, Ben. He was such an ass when all he had to do was so simple...be there and be supportive. The family dynamics seemed true to life and seeing as I had my first child at seventeen I could definitely relate. I loved the short chapters and the different points of view. I had to keep reading this book to see what the final outcome would be. My heart ached for all involved and I felt so many emotions. I also enjoyed the differences of the two families, one middle class and the other living in a trailer park. I liked seeing how they dealt with the situation in their own ways. Overall I loved this book so much, maybe because I could relate? I also loved all the feelings I had while reading it. I thought this was a marvelous debut and look forward to other works by Ms. Sanoden Pearson.
This is a book to fall in love with. On the surface, the story is a simple one. There’s a surprise teenage pregnancy but the families of the young couple are very different. These differences lead to conflict and misunderstanding but ultimately result in a satisfying, heart warming resolution. Cary Taylor is a psychologist with a troubled home life. She and her husband Ben live separate lives. He is focused on sports and his son’s athletic prowess while she finds comfort in a nightly bottle of wine. Neither have a good relationship with Cessna, their fifteen year old daughter. Then she learns that her daughter is seeing Jeremy, the eighteen year old son of a new patient. She ends her sessions with his mother, Lily Ganser. It won’t be the last time she sees Lily. Cessna tells her she and Jeremy are expecting. The Taylors are a wealthy but fractured family. They neither communicate nor spend time together. The tension is the home is palpable. Lily Ganser is a single mother, living in a decrepit trailer park. The love in that little trailer is so evident. Even though Jeremy struggles to help support his mother and sisters and Lily manages with SNAP cards, their caring shines through. In the Taylor’s house, no one shares dinner and all conversations are superficial until the bomb that is Cessna’s pregnancy explodes. This emotional story is told in the voices of Lily, Cary, Jeremy and Cessna. It is brutally honest. The Taylor’s prejudices against the poor are exposed. Cary and Ben discover the hidden problems in their marriage. Lily regains her strength while Jeremy and Cessna find their future. This 5 star read will keep you thinking. Thank you to NetGalley, BHC Press and Kathryn Sanoden Pearson for this ARC.
The phrase teenage pregnancy brings to mind so many different things, most of them negative and most of them fed from social media and their portrayal of the consequences, both positive and negative. Kathryn Sanoden Pearson has written a wonderful story of two young people and their families as they face the 15yr old mother to be and her unrealistic dreams. Psychologist Cary Taylor is better at dispensing family advice than practicing it. Her family has grown distant with each other, four people who share a home and not much else. When she discovers her 15yr old is pregnant, she thinks the news couldn't be worse...and then it is. Her personal life and professional life have just collided, the baby's father is the son of one of her patients. Ms Pearson has given us an excellent book on family dynamics and how they constantly change, influencing the decisions we make and ignoring the consequences as we cope. Preconceived notions on class and age will cause some heart aching scenes before the families decide to come together to support their children and each other. It definitely gave me a few sniffles along the way. It would be a wonderful gift to know what happens next in the life of these characters.
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The title of this book really got my attention. This was my first book by this author, so I wasn't too sure on what to expect in terms of writing style. The author has an impressive way with words. The book flowed seamlessly. I enjoyed the different POVs, and I feel that books written in that style are so much easier & more enjoyable to read. This book provided an unique and interesting dynamic. A therapist, her teen daughter, a teen pregnancy with the therapist's client... Great storyline overall. I'll definitely be looking out for other work by this author.
First I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc In Return for an honest review. What a plot, I have to say it had me gripped from the start, it had all the different types of betrayal all rolled into one book.. I though the characters were all well developed, and the different storylines were very original. I throughly enjoyed this book
This was such a great read! Sometimes it was a little slow, but worth reading. Loved the ending! Psychologist Cary Taylor’s life just isn’t what it used to be. She dreads her job and no longer finds it exciting. Her family barely spends more than a few minutes together in the same room. She and her husband are drifting apart, and their fifteen-year-old daughter has developed an attitude. When Cary discovers her daughter is pregnant by a boy from the wrong side of the tracks—and he is the son of one of her clients—her already out-of-control life suddenly gets more complicated. Cary’s never imagined having a relationship with a client beyond the fifty-minute hour, much less someone so different from her. Cary must come to terms with her own fears if she is going to salvage her already rocky relationship with her daughter—and piece their family back together. Told from the perspectives of both mothers and the young couple, Trailer Baby gives us a refreshingly honest, yet uplifting story of hope and healing, and how the heart can open up to love.