Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Six Weeks: A note to my readers

Dear Readers,

Since this book was first released in 2011, I’ve had a lot of comments and feedback regarding the ending of this book. I’ve read many comments from readers who complained that there is no ending. I’m writing this note today to explain my reasons for leaving Immy’s choice up to each individual reader.

I know that abortion, adoption, and teenage pregnancy are very hot topics nowadays, and I also know everyone has his or her own opinion about what is right and what is wrong. Truth be told, I have my own beliefs on the subject, and what I very much wanted to avoid was infusing my own beliefs into this book. It wasn’t my intention to write a book that advocated for one side of the issue or the other. It also wasn’t my intention to force my beliefs on anyone, because I have no right to do that.

It was my intention to create a book that starts conversations, that causes people to really think about their own beliefs. Sometimes, what we think or feel is right may not be the right solution for someone else. Sometimes there is no right or wrong answer for such an issue. It’s a very personal decision, and sometimes all a person can do is to try to make the best decision they can based on their resources at the time.

I wrote this book to give people a safe environment to question their own beliefs. Based on how you feel about the issue of abortion or adoption, what do you think Immy should do? Did your feelings change at all based on the situation Immy was in? Has this book made you consider that maybe an issue you felt was solely black and white may contain a little grey? Or has this book reaffirmed what you feel?If so, I’ve done my job.

I also wanted to write this book to show young adults one possible outcome of having sex. It can lead to unwanted or unexpected pregnancies, and the decision to either abort a pregnancy or see it through will affect the rest of their lives. If we can educate them before they have sex, before they find themselves in such a predicament, we can help them make the right choices to ensure they have the best possible start to their future. My goal was not to whitewash anything. Life is not always hearts and rainbows. I wanted this book to be raw and real and leave the reader feeling strong emotions at the end. Strong emotions can effect strong change.

I hope you understand now why I ended the book the way I did. It may not be the closed ending you wanted, but it does have an ending. It ends with the beginning of Immy’s new life.

And to answer another frequent question: No, there won’t be a sequel, but perhaps now you can understand why.

Much Love,
Jessica L.Degarmo

1 comment:

Tiffany Harkleroad said...

Hmm, I do not think I have read this one. Now I simply must.