Proof Positive (Intersection Series Book 1)
On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her?
An exciting “What if…” journey in the style of “Run Lola Run” and “Sliding Doo
I would like to thank the author L V Hay and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.
This is the second book I have read by this author and yet again it was a fabulous read. Such a clever and interesting concept, which fits brilliantly with the story being told. We have Lizzie, who soon to start a new life at University, suddenly discovers she is pregnant. There are potentially so many possible and varied outcomes, that flow from moment and Lucy V Hay explores them all in a series of snap shots, each with dedicated chapters. We all make decisions that affect our lives, that throw us down a path to one future, but what if we had made a different decision, listened to a different voice, what would the outcome have been? This is what Proof Positive is about, taking ownership of our lives and what we choose to do. For Lizzie the decision is life changing, whatever she decides to do. It will affect not just her, but those she loves.
Proof Positive is a powerful read aimed at young adults, but personally I think it should be read by all age groups. Being a young single mum, or choosing not to be, is an incredibly brave decision either way and many of us have no concept of the emotions involved when faced with such a life changing event. Lucy V Hay gives this issue a voice. It is about choice, empowerment, love and obligation. She weaves a story with multiple threads with great skill and authority. I could feel the emotion and confusion involved and the intense pressure Lizzie is under. Having a member of my own family be faced with this decision, I feel I now better understand the range of conflicting emotions she must have gone through.
The way the story is told is clever because it shows us how life can change in a moment of time. We see all the possibilities as the story flicks back and forth from one central point and it is exhilarating.
The characters are beautifully written and each has a richness of depth to their personalities that fit easily into each story arc. Her mum, dad, sisters and boyfriend all play a pivotal role, but are never allowed to upstage the central character of Lizzie, who quote rightly is front and centre of the story. Of Lizzie herself, I could feel her vulnerability and on the flip side her strength. The multi faceted nature of her personality gives an emotional depth to this story. Teenagers are complex, often highly emotional and confused, living in that no man’s land between childhood and adulthood and Lucy V Hay captures that emotive combination perfectly within the character of Lizzie.
Proof Positive is a superb read and one I would recommend to readers of all ages. It would be nice if it became a set text in schools and developed for TV, so that young girls like Lizzie can better understand how much their lives can be changed in a moment and how they should not have to face this alone. Better still it should be read by parents, who have long forgotten the confusion of life as a teenager in a world they feel alienated from.
You can purchase Proof Positive from Amazon.
About the author.
Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts. Lucy’s also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, HERE.