At the very beginning of the book, in the first chapter, the author makes it very clear that Missy (Taylor), did not want to get pregnant, like all the rest of the girls in Pittman County. In fact it was the last thing on earth that she wanted. Funny thing about that I guess, in that the last thing on earth that she wanted to happen to her, happened to her. After all those years of not having sex, and not wanting to get pregnant, and after all the precautions she took, she ends up with Turtle, and now she is just like all the other girls in Pittman County.
Tayor had a goal of not becoming pregnant and it definitely was reshaped when Turtle was given to her.
The author shows commitment to Taylor's goal by stressing abstinence, and all that other no sex stuff, but the main commitment shown to Taylor's goal by the author, is when Taylor leaves Pittman County.
All the other kids wanted to party it up and spray paint "Class of 75" on the water tower, but Taylor had a different plan. While she was working she had saved enough money, on top of help paying for the bills etc., she was able to save up enough money to buy a car.
This shows great commitment to a goal by Taylor. She sacrificed enjoying graduation, because she had her own goal, and that was to get out of Pittman County.
Taylor seemed to have everything in check. She was leaving Pittman County, she was going to try and get herself a new name, and things were looking pretty good, but Taylor's lucky streak would eventually end. Taylor was hit with huge adversity when Turtle was given to her, and at first Taylor didn't...