Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan

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Thank you Edelweiss and HaperCollins for the e-ARC!

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.

A book about a girl taking a road trip to get an abortion. It’s definitely not something I’ve read before, but I was definitely ready to change that. One of my friends was over the moon excited for this book, so that amped up my own desire to read it!

This book was everything that it promised to be. Two ex-best friends traveling 900+ miles so Veronica can get an abortion. I thought this book was going to be a f/f romance, but it actually ended up have no romance at all! I enjoy romances in books, but I actually found this kind of refreshing. The friendships and platonic relationships really took the forefront and I liked how the focus was on that. Those relationships are just as valuable as the romantic ones.

Let me tell you, some wild stuff happens in this book. It was one thing after another haha. There were times I wanted to punch people, times I wanted to hug people, and times I wanted scream out the car widow with Veronica and Bailey. This book doesn’t shy away from anything.

I liked Veronica’s journey a lot. She went from perfect, to trying to hold together perfect, to a messy, normal human. She has to grapple with what her life is and her changing views on the choices she’s made. It was messy and there were messy feelings involved. I liked that nothing was overwhelmingly solved. Things just sort of were, and it felt really real.

Bailey was certainly a firecracker. She feels so deeply and she follows those feelings wherever they take her. While I think I might be a little too introverted to be her friend, I did like reading about her haha.

I liked how frank this book was about the topic of abortion. I mean, it’s a book about abortion, so that was expected, but still. Veronica grapples with the embarrassment of getting pregnant, a boyfriend who sucks, and trying to sort out her feelings towards her religion. I don’t know much about abortion, but I really liked how much was shown and the conversations around it. I think it’s going to be really, really awesome for people to see.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ending at first. I wanted more out of it.  I wanted to see what happened with her friends, who are only surface friends. I wanted to see more of Veronica’s family, how they would react if she told them the news. I wanted to see more of her sister and her family and how her choices effected her. I thought the ending was a little abrupt, even though it fit. THEN I FOUND OUT THERE’S ANOTHER BOOK! Though it could end after the first, I can’t wait to see what this second book holds. I hope we get to see Veronica at college, I hope we get more of her family, and more Bailey! Ah, I can’t wait.

Unpregnant comes out September 10, 2019! You can add it on Goodreads and pre-order a copy in the meantime!

Thank you for reading! 

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