For ages 12+. Ali Parker is a bright, middle-class, suburban girl headed for college. She and her boyfriend are usually careful about birth control, but she ends up pregnant after one lapse. She schedules an abortion but can't go through with it. When she tells her parents, they are disappointed but supportive, as are her friends and teachers. Ali weathers the ups and downs of pregnancy, befriends ather expecting teen, and deals with her sometimes loving, sometimes distant boyfriend as she tries to plan for an uncertain future. She meets a perfect couple who want to adopt her child but wonders if she can bring herself to part with the baby.