Unexpected Development

Unexpected Development

Book - 2004
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In a series of papers for Honors English, a senior girl relates the difficulties of being blessed with a voluptuous body that began appearing in fifth grade.
Publisher: Brookfield, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press, c2004.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781596430068
1596430060
Characteristics: 163 p.

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FindingJane Oct 31, 2014

Candid and (dare I say it?) up front about a sensitive issue, this is an adolescent novel of a different kind. Lots of girls worry about their body—when it’s going to develop, when they’re going to start their menses, whether their shape is pleasing to boys, etc. But I can’t think of another YA fiction that has dealt quite so forthrightly about what a girl goes through when nature has, ahem, landed her with mammaries she considers way too large.

The protagonist Megan writes with absolute bluntness about the horrors of name-calling, gossips, boys and men who think they have a right to her body simply because she sports a D cup—along with the overwhelming fear that no boy will ever like her for who she is rather than her over-sized breasts. Puberty has also hit her hormones with a vengeance so that her emotions for one particular boy are yawing all over the place. Welcome to adolescence.

Written as a long essay to a teacher who saved her from a creep, <u>Unexpected Development</u> is a refreshing look at what such girls have to endure when they’re far too young to handle what society throws at them. Far from being happy, Megan suffers from back and neck pains, a creepy adulterous boss, a senior who has “potential rapist” written all over him and a dearth of female friends.

It’s a powerful little novel, slim and yet packed with action, tension, conflict and a rather likeable protagonist. While the ending is a tad ambiguous, it’s acceptable—because, after all, being a teenager shouldn’t be the end of one’s life but merely an entry to bigger (heh) and better things.

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