Because I love you by Tori Rigby


Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 330

Published May 17th 2016 by Blaze Publishing, LLC

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Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.


This novel follows 16-year-old Andrea “Andie” Hamilton on her emotional rollercoaster through a teen pregnancy. Eight weeks ago Andie had a little too much to drink with one of her best friends, Carter, she confessed she loved him and they slept together, swiftly promising to not tell their other friend – Heather – because it was known it would only cause trouble, boy did it.

From here she is treated as a pariah by those who were once considered her closest and best of friends, essentially she is chased from school. In the meantime, she is able to connect with new and old friends when she needs it most. Soon, Andie’s life is turned upside down more so than it was when she looked down at the positive pee stick in her hand.

Enter Neil Donaghue, the dark hair blue-eyed bad boy who comes from a broken home, he once dated Andie some years ago and screwed that up, but when he needs her most he comes rushing back into her life.

This story centers around the trials and tribulations of a teen pregnancy, what will the parent[s] think, how will she cope with her peers, what will everyone say, should I keep the baby? Am I capable of being a mother/father?

You’re able to easily imagine yourself in their position, you feel the desperation, the heartbreak and completely loss that Andie feels. You’re able to connect with her and while everything seems to crumble for her [in a nearly unbelievable way,] you smile, too, because Tori Rigby pulls it all together to make a rather heartwarming novel.


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