New Novel Explores the Reality and Effects of Teenage Pregnancy

San Pablo, California (EastBayDaily) — The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the Western industrialized world with an estimated 820,000 teenagers getting pregnant every year, according to Motherhood is never an easy task, more so if one is unprepared for its challenges. In her new novel, “Through The Fire”, Brandy Walker explores the daunting reality of teen pregnancy and how it propelled a young woman on an odyssey of discovering who she really is.

Tammy Pearson had her whole life ahead of her. Popular, beautiful and a top student, she seemed to have it all. Like her, Tammy’s high school sweetheart, Terrell Bryant, also had a bright future waiting for him. He was a promising star athlete heading straight for the National Football League. The two of them have plans to get married after college and build a future together, until an unexpected twist changes their lives forever.

Tammy becomes pregnant and it does not take long for her to realize that life does not always go as planned. She is forced to embark on a journey riddled with obstacles and difficult decisions; one that will test her strength and patience and, ultimately, mold her into the woman she was truly meant to become.

Poignant and, ultimately, inspiring, “Through The Fire” is a modern parable of a young woman’s transition into motherhood and a powerful story of hope and courage.

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About the Author Brandy Walker lives in the East Bay with her son. She graduated from Cal State Hayward where she received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Master’s Degree in social work. She works as a social worker, and she is also a college lecturer. The author may be contacted via email at

Through The Fire * by Brandy Walker Publication Date: July 28, 2012 Trade Paperback; $19.99; 198 pages; 978-1-4771-4751-1 Trade Hardback; $29.99; 198 pages; 978-1-4771-4752-8 Ebook;$3.99; 978-1-4771-4753-5

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