TITLE: Bumper Cars
GENRE: YA Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Being seventeen and pregnant isn't easy. But when Ainsley is diagnosed with ovarian cancer at twenty weeks, the impossible decisions of motherhood can't wait. Putting the life of her baby first, Ainsley starts a journal and writes down everything she would like her unborn baby to know about life before her own life comes to an end.
I am a child without a mother who is about to have a child who will have no mother. That's all they're gonna remember about me when I'm gone. They're not gonna remember that my GPA was 3.9 or that I ran the fastest times Hamilton High had seen on the track field in thirty-four years. And they sure aren't gonna remember that I've taken care of my little brother, Mo, practically by myself, for the last four years, but that's mostly because nobody knew.
When your dad owns buisinesses all over town, working his fingers to the bone so that his heart doesn't have time to remember that his wife isn't waiting for him at home because the cancer treatments were more than her body could take, you spend a lot of nights at home alone. Or in my case, with Mo. That's okay though, because Mo and I do alright on our own.
And we would have kept on doing alright on our own if it hadn't been for three things: Penny Parker beating my record in the 400 meter, Jacob Singleton's grayish green eyes, and those damn bumper cars.