Juno by Diablo Cody

March 23, 2017

Pregnancy is not only a time of joyous, new beginnings but also a critical part of a women’s development and maturity.  Juno, not like the city in Alaska, is a pregnant sixteen year old who handles her pregnancy a little differently, with a sense of swagger. Juno is not your typical expecting mother. Although she has another life in her womb, she still continuously has blue Slushies, goes to physics class, and talks on her hamburger-shaped phone all night long. Realizing she is “ill-equipped” for taking on the responsibility of becoming a mother, Juno turns to finding the perfect parents for her soon-to-be-born baby. While looking in the PennySaver ads, Juno comes across Vanessa and Mark Loring. These aspiring parents seem like the perfect fit. Although Mark and Vanessa appear to have it all, Juno soon begins to realize that marriage and relationships are much more difficult than what she thought. Through her pregnancy, Juno is able to mature and become aware of the importance of treating people with respect as well as opening up to those who seek her friendship and company.

This screenplay is extremely significant because it does not sugar coat the hardship of pregnancy in addition to high school. Juno has emerged to be a symbol for young women who feel isolated from others. This storyline highlights that no woman should go through this journey alone, hence Juno’s close relationship with her father, stepmother, and Paul Bleeker, an awkward, pasty-legged track superstar and the father of her unborn baby.  Paul and Juno’s friendship is critical to the overall message of the book because it portrays what type of people you should surround yourself with in times of needed love and comfort. Readers are able to take away from Juno the importance of always staying true to yourself and to hold your head up high.

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