The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer
The Inconceivable Life of Quinn
Author: Marianna Baer
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: March 4, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn’s desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets—strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin?
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: This is one of those reads where the ending is not expected at all. Quinn who swears never had any intimate relations with her boyfriend Jesse, or anyone else, turns out to be pregnant. She holds strongly to that statement, even when everyone around her is doubtful. The media has a field day with this revelation, twisting things around, letting the public take a nab at it. Then we are introduced to an extremely zealous group who believe her to be carrying the next messiah.
And what a boyfriend she has. Jesse has been a best friend to her since the fifth grade, and recently becoming more than just platonic. So finding out that his girlfriend, whom he completely trusts, is pregnant turns his world upside down. And several of his reactions are priceless.
“That’s not what I’m saying. I’m just saying that… that I have no idea what to say! I was in shock. It was like you threw a grenade in my head and I had to piece my brain back together before speaking to you.’ He pantomimed his head exploding, with sound effects.”
Quinn goes through a series of backlash and admiration. Never knowing what is going to be done or said next. She has constant bouts with herself and what she can and can’t remember. What possibly could have happened? Did she do something, did something happen to her? Why is this a part of her life now? Everyone wants answers, but she can’t give an answer to something she truly can’t comprehend.
Don’t get me started with the kind of parents she has. It seems to everyone that they care, that they are honestly concerned with their daughter’s mental state. Sadly, they are anything but. These two care only about how society sees them, what it means for his campaign, and who this information will reach. When she confides in them about her theories on the matter, both of them think she has gone off the deep end with no return in sight. And when she is at her worst, feeling guilty for their predicament, her father, Cutler, doesn’t care to make her feel any better.
“…Quinn- of course it’s a big thing! It’s the biggest disappointment of my life.”
“Cutler reportedly received a seven-figure advance for his upcoming memoir Political Virgin: The Disillusionment and (Near) Destruction of an American Candidate.”
There is much that goes on in this read. Followers that won’t let her be. Waiting for the arrival of her child into this world. Doctors who believe she has become unhinged and delusional. Media outlets that are unrelenting. A truth to her pregnancy no one sees coming. And hidden stories from the past that soon become embedded within her future. When the reader thinks they might have this novel figured out, it throws another curveball into the mix.
***I received this copy from Amulet Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***