November Blues by Sharon M. Draper

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Level: 14 and up

# of Pages: 316 p.

RAC Book: Yes

In this sequel to The Battle of Jericho November Nelson is dealing with the death of her boyfriend after a hazing ritual went bad. To make matters worse, she discovers that she is pregnant. She was planning to spend the summer in an Ivy League summer program which would hopefully lead to a very productive senior year. When she tells her mother about her pregnancy she is understandably upset. November faces a lot of difficult decisions as she endures this pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Jericho, the cousin of the boy who died, is having an equally difficult time coping with his friend’s untimely death. He decides to try football in order to have something new to do instead of the band, which he previously loved but now feels is a painful reminder of his cousin. He tries to help November in any way he can, but is struggling with his own emotions as well.

This was a good story about teenage pregnancy and death, but addresses similar concepts to The First Part Last. The characters were complicated and interesting and were the strength of the story. Nothing these characters were dealing with was easy and was not portrayed that way. The ending took an unexpected turn, but was a little predictable nonetheless. Most readers will guess what November’s decision will be, but will enjoy it anyway.


21 Responses to “November Blues by Sharon M. Draper”

  1. 1 lana December 18, 2008 at 1:03 am

    thos book is awsome i love it i just cant stop reading it

  2. 2 Jennifer January 10, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    i love this book i’ve read it 3 times im workin on 4

  3. 3 Kaylyn March 4, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I just finished reading it today and i was on the edge of my seat. I love this book. If I have a frirnd thats thinking about having sex , since im only 14, im gonna make them read this book.

  4. 4 Monique March 9, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    This is one of my favorite book out of all the series. Sharon M Darper is a WONDERFUL author.

  5. 5 julia October 8, 2009 at 1:49 am

    i was in the library lookn for a book and picked this up not known` anything about it. Ot turned out to be one of the best books i`ve read.Ireally like it because it tells you how hard it would be to get pregnant in high school.

  6. 6 asia harper October 24, 2009 at 1:40 am

    i really love this book. i have a friend thats been going through the same thing. but this books really puts a toll on young teennage mothers.i just got this book from the library. i didnt think i could read a book this big but i got use to it. this book is awesome. Sharon Draper you are the best.

  7. 7 Anonymous November 8, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I bought this book three days ago after attending a writer’s workshop at a local bookstore. This book is amazing and I am already on chapter Nine.

  8. 8 tru2#6 November 19, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    i so luv sharon draper books and this is one of my favorites

  9. 9 awesome book November 28, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    this book is wonderful. im only 12 and i like this book i had never read a big book like this so you encougare me to read it and i love i think you should make a november blues 2. well thanks for the story.

  10. 10 ebonee mcfarland January 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    when i first started reading this book i thought wow i no this is going to be a good book plus ahron m draper is a wonderful authour

  11. 11 Keekee January 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    this is one of the best books i’ve ever read. i have read all of the Hazelwood High trilogy also written by her i have read romiette and julio too. im now workin on the battle of jericho

  12. 12 Keekee January 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    i read the book in 1day it wuz jus so gud i cudnt put it dwn

  13. 13 Unknown March 21, 2010 at 5:31 am

    i love this book my friend had it and she checked it out 2 times for me but i think i got 2 chapter 30 something and she had 2 take it back i was pissed off because it was a good book an awesome book and i couldn’t finish it

  14. 14 Annabeth March 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Oh gosh, this is the best book I’ve ever read. Not only does it show the consequences of sex before you’re ready, it helps people who have had hard times face it head-on. Sharon is a wonderful author.

  15. 15 Annabeth March 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    This is AWESOME!

  16. 16 Johanna December 9, 2010 at 2:31 am

    i love this book when i first picked it up i couldn’t but it down not even during class Ive read this about 5 times talking to my teacher on reading this to our class she loves it too…..Sharon your and awesome Author keep on at it because i cant wait to read your other ones!!

  17. 17 Nisha Tunecho February 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    This Is Truly One Of Sharon M. Draper’s Best Work (Aside From Tears Of A Tiger). It Shows How November Nelson Has To Quickly Adjust To A Baby… Many Details No Time.

  18. 18 May 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I read this book in ONE Day UNO Dia ( thats spanish for one day btw)
    I thought it was just the best book EVER EVER EVERRRRRR!!!!!!!
    My boyfriend was mad because when we would hang out I would read my book instead of spending time with him. He was very sad mucho sad…. I recommend this book to anyone who likes Sharon M. Draper she is a great author. I repeat GREAT author..

    Yeah so read the book !!

    Love julie

  19. 19 that mexican girl May 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    este libro fue interesante me gusto mucho este libro. Este libro es muy bueno porque habla de una muchacha que se embrarazo muy joven y tiene que cuidar a su nuevo bebe sin su padre.

    Me gusto mucho este libro

  20. 20 Anonymous September 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    awesome book

  21. 21 Brookie December 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    This was a very very good book. it kept me on omy toes through each page i read i could read agian and agian.

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