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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 (69 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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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!

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Amazing

What a book! so gripping and almost felt like I was part of Laura’s world!

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A moving book, narrated beautifully.

I am 24 years old, but simply could not resist giving this book a try.
Within minutes I was gripped, aided by the fabulous narration. Tamla Kari is someone I'll have to look out for in the future as she did a fantastic job. The depth of each and every character was illustrated not only by the author's brilliant writing, but the vocal techniques used by the narrator.
As ever, all characters (even those I disliked) were nuanced and complex. I spent the majority of the book despising Sarah in particular, but towards the end I found out something about her that made my heart break. Though not a real person, I ached to tell her that what had happened wasn't her fault, that she hadn't been the sinner.
Laura's mother was a complicated character too. It was clear to me that she was a product of her upbringing and experience, and though this didn't excuse her actions I felt able to understand what drove her down the path she chose.
I couldn't put the book down, and finished it in just over a day. I laughed and wept in equal measure, and the profound impact it has had on me will not lessen over time.
Till now, I'd not read one of Jacqueline Wilson's books in almost 10 years, but I always like to keep tabs on what new books she's writing. When I saw this one however, I just knew I needed to read it. I am thus coming to the conclusion that I'll never be too old to read one of Jacqueline's works.