In Unwind's plot, Neal Shusterman addresses real world issues like teen pregnancy. He presents subtextual commentary on this issue; he believes teen pregnancy is very common and needs to be prevented.
Teenage pregnancy leads to social problems
According to Teen Pregnancy and Parenting, "Those who believe that teen pregnancy is a serious problem argue that teenage pregnancy causes a number of serious social ills." This relates to the book Unwind because most of the unwinds have social issues including Connor and Risa. They expressed this scenario with their "child".
Early birth leads to more problems and repeated cycles of devastation
According to Teen Pregnancy and Parenting, "Many commentators argue that children-born to teens have more problems than other children and often become teen parents themselves." Suzanne Fields also said, "'increasing numbers of children born to children are likely to repeat the devastating cycles of almost everything bad—teen-age pregnancy, school failure, early behavioral problems, drug abuse, child abuse, depression and crime.'" Connor and Risa have proven this point because their "baby" has already been through a lot. For example: She was abandoned, kidnapped, hidden in a bathroom, almost ended up in a police officer's hands, and was close to ending up at an unwind camp.
Most teen parents live below the poverty line.
According to Teen Pregnancy and Parenting, "Most of the social ills that conservatives attribute to teenage childbearing, for example, are actually caused by poverty, they assert." Janine Jackson also had to give a point about this. "She asserts that teenagers who get pregnant were already living at or below the poverty line." Risa lived beneath the poverty line in her state home, (Ohio 23). Later she procured a baby that she called her own and still lived below the poverty line.
Most teen pregnancies are unplanned
Of teen moms finish high school
Of teen moms do not get through high school
The reference of teen pregnancy has a more detailed story behind it. Not only does it literally have a reference of an actual teen pregnancy it refers to how people can leave a child and entirely fall apart. Lots of teens who get pregnant give up their babies for adoption which is similar to the book because a lot of girls who get pregnant in the book “stork” their baby which means they put their baby on someone’s doorstep. In the book Connor has a flashback to when he gets storked and has to keep the baby. Later he ran into a scenario when a baby was being storked and Connor fell apart because he remembered storking another baby his family had. He felt guilty and fell apart and grabbed the baby being storked and kept it.
"Preface to 'Is Teenage Pregnancy a Serious Problem?'." Teen Pregnancy and Parenting, edited by Helen Cothran, Greenhaven Press, 2001. Current Controversies. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3010066104/OVIC?u=mari6646&sid=OVIC&xid=becb03e5. Accessed 23 Aug. 2018.
Shusterman, Neal. Unwind. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014.