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  • Baby Love

  • By: Jacqueline Wilson
  • Narrated by: Tamla Kari
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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A heartbreaking, compelling and timely story for older listeners about teen pregnancy, family trouble and unlikely friendships, set in 1960.

When Laura meets a French exchange student, Leon, she is flattered by his interest in her. She's never had any sort of boyfriend before.

One night, Leon walks Laura home - and her life will never be the same again.

Things start to change for Laura - first her moods and then her body. Laura isn't prepared for what she learns next - and doesn't even know how it could have happened.

When her family learns her secret, they are horrified. Sent away to save them from shame, Laura meets girls just like herself, whose families have given up on them - and they become a family for each other at the most difficult time in all their lives.

An emotional and moving tale for fans of Dear Nobody and Juno.

©2022 Jacqueline Wilson (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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An amazing book

I loved it, it's very realistic and so moving. Another amazing book. Thank you.

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Lovely read

I really enjoyed this book. It gives great insight into what it must have been like to be a teenage mum.

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Powerful Story that needs to be told

I enjoyed this story from start to finish. I especially love Laura, a young naive and strong-minded young lady. This is one of the best books I have read by J W to date.

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An enjoyable, insightful story

Enjoyable and well narrated. It has given me a better understanding of what my mum would have gone through as a you unmarried mum in the 1960's. Thankfully she found the daughter she was made to give away.

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Nostalgic and perfectly written

I read this book in a couple of days. The descriptions of the food of the time, the television programmes and of life in the 60’s are so on point. A true reflection of my experience as a teenage unmarried mother. How times have changed and so much for the better. A beautiful story.

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Gripping and Beautiful

One of the best books I’ve read in years. So beautiful and emotional.
It gives such a great insight into teen pregnancy in the 60s and all the stigma and mistreatment of unmarried mothers.
The way Jacquline Wilson writes is so gripping, she embodies the voice of a 14 year old girl flawlessly and I found Laura such a wonderfully realistic young girl, her naivety is highly realistic and she’s an extremely likeable character.
The other wonderful young girls that are introduced along the way are characterised brilliantly, and I really empathised with everyone’s stories.
I cannot recommend this book enough, it’s an utterly enchanting read.

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A moving book for an mature young person

A beautifully moving, heartbreaking and educational book that I would say is definitely for older children, if not teenagers. I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone below the age of 12, depending on their maturity level, as the book explores some more adult content and anyone below the age of 12 may not understand some of the things that are implied in the story. I am 28 but really enjoyed the story.

It was eye opening to learn of what it would have been like to be a pregnant teenager or single woman in the 60’s. I found myself becoming upset and angry about how Laura had been treated throughout the story, especially as it was clear that she had no idea what was being done to her and did not consent to what lead to her pregnancy. I felt it highlighted the injustices of the time and the lack of education given to young girls and probably young boys too.
I found Laura as a character a little bit annoying at times because of how naive she is, but as I mentioned earlier, the lack of education around sex and relationships of that time was 100% the reason for this and again, highlighted the social issues of the time.

The narration was excellent and I felt that the personality of Laura and the other personalities in the story really came to life.
Overall, the story was great. I initially purchased the book thinking it would be an easy listen and something I wouldn’t have to pay attention to but it’s definitely a book that grips you straight away, although it takes some time to get to the main story.

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Gripping story and well read

Can’t fault it — it’s not intricate but it’s got depth and i feet waves of emotion throughout. Bravo!

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loved it and couldn't stop listening

loved it, haven't read Jacqueline Wilson since i was a teen. It was a gripping book and from the middle all the way to the end I was finding excuses to put it back on again to hear more.

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Yet another absolutely brilliant book

Yet another absolutely brilliant book by Jacqueline Wilson.

I grew up listening to and reading Jacqueline Wilson's children's books; she has always managed to broach life's most serious issues in the most caring, fantastic way. Her characters and stories are always so well defined. This book is no different; an absolutely excellent listen.

This book is aimed at older teens and young adults; I am 29 and to my horror, am no longer classed as the target demographic! But I gave this book a listen anyway, the whole time cuddling and feeding my own new baby (gorgeous 9 week old little boy at the time of listening) and whilst I am so lucky to live in the era I do, be married and older than the protagonist, Jacqueline Wilson makes it so easy to put myself right in her shoes and it had me very close to tears many times; gripping my seat and clinging onto my baby towards the end.

This has gone down as one of my favourite books. It is captivating right from the very beginning, both author and narrator catapult you into the early 60s. No matter your age, this is well worth the listen and I think I'm about to go and hunt for some more of the author's teen/young adult books!