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A Cosmopolitan, BBC, Stylist, Daily Mail, Good Housekeeping and Guardian Best Book Pick for 2021! 

Sometimes it's easy to fall between the cracks....

At 3.04 p.m. on a hot, sticky day in June, Bess finds out she's pregnant. 

She could tell her social worker Henry, but he's useless. 

She should tell her foster mother, Lisa, but she won't understand.

She really ought to tell Boy, but she hasn't spoken to him in weeks. 

Bess knows more than anyone that love doesn't come without conditions.

But this isn't a love story.... 

©2021 Kirsty Capes (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"The literary equivalent of gold dust." (Benjamin Zephaniah)

'Astounding. Heart-breaking but hopeful, and a fresh new voice." (Pandora Sykes)

"Moving and beautifully written." (Libby Page)

"Made me laugh and cry in equal measure." (Good Housekeeping)

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Beautiful book, beautifully read

What an amazing story that needed to be told. Loved the reading of this audio book - I felt like Bess was telling my her story and it really moved me. Would highly recommend!

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Wonderfully written and read

The story is brilliant and Amber reads it perfectly. I would listen to it again.

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brilliantly narrated

gripped! was rooting for Bess all the way through. Narrator brought the character to life .

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Very powerful

Very well narrated and so well written; I felt for Bess every step of the way.

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Unmissable read

I honestly was not too sure at the beginning thinking this book would be a bit young for me and more a “young Readers” book. How wrong was I. I can not fault this book one bit. From being fully immersed in to the characters like I really know them. The author has made these characters really come alive and I felt Bess’s worries , thoughts ,pain and achievements. It threw me back to when I was 15/16 and all the mixed experiences we go through. There is raw truth and honest in this book and also highlighting children in the system which rarely gets written about. I loved this book and the narrator was fantastic is expressing exactly how Bess would have felt.
Thank you

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Beautiful

Beautiful heartbreaking and real. Every part of me wants to scoop Bess up and look after her.

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Loved it.

What a fantastic book. So well written and narrated. Highly recommend. Really enjoy it. Important themes written about in a really assessable way.