Mina is seventeen. A virgin. And pregnant.
Mina is top of her class, girlfriend to the most ambitious guy in school, able to reason and study her way through anything. But when she suddenly finds herself pregnant—despite having never had sex—her orderly world collapses. Almost nobody believes Mina’s claims of virginity. Her father assumes that her boyfriend is responsible; her boyfriend believes she must have cheated on him. As news of Mina’s story spreads, there are those who brand her a liar. There are those who brand her a heretic. And there are those who believe that miracles are possible—and that Mina’s unborn child could be the greatest miracle of all.
Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler is not about the how’s but rather the result, the after effects of that result & what to do with it. So if you’re interested to read it because you’re too keen to know on how the supposed Immaculate Conception happened then you won’t get that. I didn’t get that. I think the why/how pregnant is not the real focus but more of a device to kindle events; and those events were given spotlight. At least that was the impression I got.
If my friend told me that she is pregnant and she was still a virgin and didn’t do the deed, I would be very skeptical. I will doubt for sure. Just like her fiends did. Just like her boyfriend did. Just like her father did. Just like most people did. Because at this modern age will someone really believe a phenomenon like this could still happen?
Now with that question lingering in my head, made me conclude that maybe this is what the book wanted me to think. The absence of the definite “how” did make me think like the people of the book: to doubt. In hindsight maybe it’s not about the miracle itself but being able to believe it exists/that it could happen. I think the faith of the people was tested when they were presented with a situation that truly suggests cynicism because no one can prove it. We always need an evidence to believe, right?
The heroine was lost because she herself didn’t know how it happened. People gossip about her, lost trust on her. But amidst that there were still people who didn’t lose faith on her. Who trusted & believed her. Who doubted first but managed to believe later. And those who have unwavering trust. I think it was such a big assurance to know that people still believe—even against the odds—on her; or even if they doubted at first still chose to believe. That was what happened. In fact, someone took a chance on her.
When I finished the book I was so confused, a bit disappointed but after weighing in, I think it was somewhat clever. And that itself was quite a feat that this book managed to accomplish. Like I said it felt like I was in those people’s shoes.
Preview Quote: “But I can’t stop them from making up their own stories. I can refuse to let them change the way I live my life, though. I’m not going to stop spending time with you. I’m not going to hide.”