Hello my fellow little munchkins! How are you all doing? I am doing fairly well.I have community college once again today but that’s okay because I have Thursday off which I don’t normally do. Even though it will be a holiday in the country I live in I will mostly be doing blog posts and reading. I have been watching a bunch of TV which is probably bad for me but it has been like I cannot stop watching it. Hopefully I am able just to Binge Read some books soon.
Anyways, why don’t we get into the review?
Author: Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplin
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date: September 10th, 2019
Description according to Goodreads, ” Seventeen-year-old Veronica Clarke never thought she would wish she’d failed a test until she finds herself holding a thick piece of plastic in her hands and staring at two solid pink lines. Even the most consistent use of condoms won’t prevent pregnancy when your boyfriend secretly pokes holes in them to keep you from going out-of-state for college.
Veronica needs an abortion, but the closest place she can legally get one is over nine hundred miles away—and Veronica doesn’t have a car. Too ashamed to ask her friends or family for help, Veronica turns to the one person she believes won’t judge her: Bailey Butler, Jefferson High’s own little black cloud of anger and snark—and Veronica’s ex-best friend. Once on the road, Veronica quickly remembers nothing with Bailey is ever simple and that means two days of stolen cars, shotguns, crazed ex-boyfriends, truck stop strippers with pro-life agendas, and a limo driver named Bob. But the pain and betrayal of their broken friendship can’t be outrun. When their fighting leads to a brutal moment of truth, Bailey abandons Veronica. Now Veronica must risk everything in order to repair the hurt she’s caused.”
What a wonderful, fast paced, female centered, against the norms read!!!
This book is centered around two girls. Veronica is the main character who has been living the stereotypical christian popular girl life in the south. However, everything takes a turn on its head when she finds out that she is pregnant fully running all her plans to get into college. But she doesn’t have to stay pregnant. Yet, when Bailey her ex-best-friend finds Veronica taking a pregnancy test in the school bathroom, veronica narrows her down to take her to a planned parenthood a thousand miles away to get an abortion without her extremely Christian Anti-Abortion parents knowing.
The Two main characters are Bailey and Veronica. Veronica is the main character who is pregnant and we read the book mainly through her eyes the whole book. We are able to get a better glimpse into her mind and everything that is happening.
However, Bailey ended up being my favorite character due to her personality, her dislikes and like, her sexuality, and her all-in-all self and the way she presents herself. Bailey is the social outcast of the school with rumors going around that are much bigger than what is true however she doesn’t let that change her. She also has gone through family issues and friends issues that while are crappy, were able to turn her into the amazing character she is.
The pacing of the book did start of fairly slow. It did pick up though when the characters started traveling in the beginning of the story which is 2 and a half chapter in. This pace was kept throughout the whole entire book with times where it would actually go faster than it already was but it still worked for the events that were happening.
The biggest thing that I think that this book has done was bring up the topic of abortion. Whether you are pro or against it, I personally believe that you shouldn’t tell a person what to do with their body. IT’S THEIR BODY AND THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO WHAT THEY WANT WITH IT. SOMEONE ELSE SHOULDN’T BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT DECISION FOR THEM!
With what has been happening in Georgia with the “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Law it has made it literally impossible for someone to get an abortion plus it gives that person a VERY narrow time to even know that they are pregnant and choose what they are going to do. People very little know that they are pregnant before six weeks and not being able to do anything after that six week mark is bullshit in my mind. Especially since the original time to get an aboriton before was 20 weeks. Plus it isn’t like people haven’t been getting abortions since the dawn of time. For more information you can read the article HERE.
If you like books that have:
*a crazy adventure a thousand miles away to get an abortion
*a story where a friend becomes friends with their ex-best friend
*a alien encounter
*climbing up a statue of an animal
*running in the forest with a taser
*a character coming out with their sexuality
(a bar scene with a lap dance and first kiss)
*ferret squeezing, throwing, fighting, candy filled event
* a stalker, crazy ex-boyfriend getting the WORST awakening in the world
(and by worst I mean exactly what he deserved for his creepy self and the harm he has done to others)
*AN AMAZING LIMO DRIVER!!!!!!!!!
* A BOOK THAT IS RELEVANT
*a book that in its true essence was centered around friendship
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Information About the Authors:
According to their website, ” So… we wrote a book. For teens. About a topic that some might say is “controversial.” And then we made jokes about it. A lot of jokes. We also used bad language. One of our mothers is very disappointed. The other doesn’t believe there’s a book at all.
Jenni Hendriks wrote on How I Met Your Mother and is responsible for killing off Marshall’s father.
Ted Caplan is the screenwriter of Love, Sonia, a feature film about international sex-trafficking from the producers of Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire.
Their hobbies include hanging out in coffee shops and abusing commas. “
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