The odd 'family': a pregnant schoolgirl, her gay best friend and the vicar

Young adult: A Good Hiding, Shirley-Anne McMillan, Atom Books, pbk, 256 pages, €8.99

Shirley-Anne McMillan: A breezy debut Young Adult novel

Darragh McManus

It's early winter, Belfast is cold and depressing, and schoolgirl Nollaig is in trouble. As in, she's both in trouble - her life is kind of a mess - and "in trouble", to use that possibly outmoded term for pregnant.