For Immediate Release
Barrie Teen Tackles Abortion Taboo in Debut Novel
Yellow Socks and Blood Spots explores teen pregnancy from a captivating new perspective
(March, 2013) Ontario, Canada. You’re either pro-life. Or pro-choice. Society wants you to believe you can’t be both. Abortion is the clashing of rights; women’s rights and human rights. But ultimately, who is right? That’s the issue teenage author, Bailey J Thompson wanted to dig into when she began to write her novel, now titled Yellow Socks and Blood Spots.
The story is told from the perspective of seventeen-year-old Isabelle; a smart and ambitious high school senior who has finally fallen in love with her classmate, Jason. Not long into their relationship, the dreaded two lines appear on the home pregnancy test, raising questions of values, beliefs, rights, societal expectations and Isabelle’s own personal opinion. Jason wants an abortion, while Isabelle believes she owes it to her baby to give it a chance at life. Within weeks of finding out about their beautiful disaster, Isabelle and Jason are forced to make a life and death decision.
“It was just as much about the story as much as the reality,” Thompson said, “more young women than you would think have dealt with some of the challenges that Isabelle deals with in the story, but due to the fragile nature of such a controversial topic, especially due to recent political debates, many of these women are suffering in silence. It’s hard to say what side of the debate you are on, until you are faced with the decision. I hope that the book will give perspective, and also a reason for people to discuss the issue.”
Yellow Socks and Blood Spots was published by Yellow Iris Press and will be available in Canada on May 15, 2013.
Bailey J Thompson lives in Barrie, Ontario. She was the recipient of the Barrie Examiner’s Future Woman in Business Award in 2011 for her business, Green Like a Frog. Since finishing high school in 2012, Bailey has gone on to found Gerbil Meets Mouse Publishing, a company focused on producing children’s picture books. She hopes to build a strong writing career over the next few years. Yellow Socks and Blood Spots is her debut novel. For more information about Bailey, visit www.baileyjthompson.com.
For more information about the novel, visit www.yellowsocksandbloodspots.com.
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