Title: I Know It’s Over
Author: C. K. Kelly Martin
Release Date: September 23, 2008
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
From the dust jacket:
PURE. UNPLANNED. PERFECT. Those were Nick’s summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents’ divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs. All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he’s neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn’t mind in the least. But Nick’s world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then, weeks later, while Nick’s still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she’s pregnant. Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can’t stop caring for, the girl who insists that it’s still over.
When I heard the synopsis of I Know It’s Over by C. K. Kelly Martin, I immediately knew I wanted to read the book. I don’t read much YA fiction, but I do enjoy works by Sarah Dessen, Megan McCafferty and Melissa Walker. Martin’s novel seemed to fall in line with these authors, made to appeal to the YA crowd, yet containing themes that apply to all ages. After reading the book, I can definitely say that I was correct; I Know It’s Over is a book about teens, but its themes reverberate and impact all ages, teen and adult.
I really liked the main character of Nick. Martin did an incredible job getting into the mind of this teenage boy. When I was reading, I felt as if I was hearing the thoughts of a person with real desires and fears. I cared about what happened to Nick. Though he didn’t always make the right decisions, his inner conflict was ever-present; he was fighting within himself about the man he was becoming and the man he wanted to be.
Though the subject of the book (teen pregnancy) is heavy, the book itself does not weigh the reader down. Martin handles the subject with grace and elegance, though the subject is incredibly controversial. Of course, not all readers will like the decision the couple comes to, but of course, that is true of any outcome. Teen pregnancy is such a difficult subject, and the different options available are not ideal under any circumstances. Martin handles it well, giving it the consideration it is due, yet the book is not bogged down in the quagmire of this drama.
While it does deal with weighty issues, I Know It’s Over is still very enjoyable and easy to read. It’s one of those books that is a bit of a horror story for parents, but there are definitely important ideas in it. I would recommend this book really to anyone; I really enjoyed it and I think you will too!