Being pregnant while you’re a virgin, is that even possible? In The Inconceivable Life of Quinn it’s possible. Or is it? You’ve to read the book for yourself to decide if it’s possible, or not. Marianna Baer instantly grabbed my attention with a topic like this. I actually didn’t know what to expect from this story and luckily it was a pleasantly surprising read. It was actually unique and fascinating and I’m glad I got to read the ARC.
Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn’s desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets—strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin?
What I liked
- The Cutler family and their history and background. It was well-developed and it added real depth to the story. For example, the way the actions of Quinn’s grandma influenced Quinn’s father by leaving him when he was young and eventually committing suicide. It made Quinn’s dad an anxious and overprotective dad. Continuously afraid of Quinn becoming depressed. More important, he’s afraid of Quinn’s obsession with water, the same obsession his mother had. Marianna Baer beautifully illustrates how the actions of a parent can define a child.
- The relationship between Quinn and Jesse. They were so good together, the real definition of soul mates. Even though, they didn’t have a relationship anymore and Jesse felt betrayed, he kept loving and supporting Quinn. He tried to understand her and believe in her, even when no one else did. Moreover, it wasn’t one-sided, Quinn would give up anything for Jesse as well. She leant on him in difficult times, but not once did I have the feeling she used him.
- The way the author let the readers choose for themselves. Is what happened to Quinn something supernatural or is she psychotic? Honestly, both explanations/beliefs could be right. We’ll never really know.
- That Quinn was an unreliable narrator. She’s unreliable because some chapters are told from another POV’s. How they viewed Quinn and her situation made me question her reliability. That realisation made the story so much more interesting. I was continuously guessing what really happened to Quinn and what was true or not.
- Quinn’s an intriguing main character. She’s doubting herself because she doesn’t know what’s the truth and what’s imagination anymore. I admire that she still did what she thought was right, instead of doing what others said was best for her. For example, deciding to keep her baby. Throughout the story she’s searching for the truth, a truth she’ll probably never find. However in her search for the truth, she finds herself and learns what’s important to her. She grows up.
What I didn’t like
- Honestly, I can’t of anything I didn’t like.
This book definitely deserves five stars, because it was a beautiful, breath-taking and unique read. I recommend this one to everyone. Period.
Have you read the Inconceivable Life of Quinn already? What did you think of this book? Or is it on your TBR? Feel free to let me know in the comments!