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Som jag vill vara
by Katarina von Bredow
RabÃ©n & SjÃ¶gren
First line: Det blev inte precis som hon tÃ¤nkt sig.
Back cover blurb:
Arvid kommer till festen fÃ¶r hennes skull. Det pÃ¥stÃ¥r i alla fall Jessicas bÃ¤stis Louise, och hon brukar veta. Med fjÃ¤rilar i magen och dunkande hjÃ¤rta beger sig Jessica dit, och visst, han Ã¤r dÃ¤r! De dansar och pratar och det ena leder till det andra. EfterÃ¥t Ã¤r Jessica rÃ¤dd att han bara var ute efter att fÃ¥ henne i sÃ¤ng, men sÃ¥ Ã¤r det inte. Arvid Ã¤r verkligen den hon hoppats, och allt Ã¤r sÃ¥ bra det bara kan vara. Ã„nda tills mensen inte kommer som den ska…
Thoughts: I’ve read all of Katarina von Bredow’s previous books (well, except the two written for kids, rather than teens) and one of them is a favourite that I re-read whenever I need a good comfort book. Her later books have not been at all as good, but I still make sure to get my hands on anything new she’s had published. Som jag vill vara is her latest.
It tells the tale of Jessica, a girl of fifteen, who goes to a party where another guest is the guy she’s had a crush on for months. As it turns out, he quite likes her too, and one thing leads to another and they end up in bed together. She worries for a while that that’s going to be it for them, that he doesn’t want anything more. He does, of course, and everything is fine and dandy until her period is late. Everyone tries to get her to have an abortion, but she’s at first reluctant, later determined not to have one, and that’s what the rest of the book is about.
Everything is either black or white for the characters involved, it seems, and a lot of them come across as being rather preachy, which put me off the book a little. Jessica, the main character, feels very strongly about her point of view, but does bring up a good point at one time, which is something none of the other characters really do.
The ending is a pretty happy one, and maybe I am a cynic (actually, I am!), but I don’t feel that the happy ending is going to last. A year or two down the road, and everything is likely to be in shambles. I’m not hoping that it’s going to be like that, but it seems likelier than the other possibility.
Not one of von Bredow’s better books, then, which shows in the C rating. That it even ended up with a rating that high is because it was a quick read and I did get pulled into the story, even if I wanted to strangle most of the characters most of the time.