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.
Review: 5 Stars
When I first saw this book I knew that I wanted to read it. Abortion seems to be a taboo subject and I never see any books on the topic. After recently reading The Swallows, which used sexist and gender issues for shock value, I was worried that Unpregnant might not be written with tact and compassion, but I didn’t need to worry because it was so well done. I didn’t expect a book about abortion to be funny, but this book was absolutely hysterical. The authors don’t take the situation lightly, but they know when to add lighter moments.
Unpregnant moved really fast and threw the reader right into the story, getting you quickly involved in the plot. This book immediately grabbed my attention and I tore through it in one sitting. Unpregnant was just the book I needed after reading several mediocre books in a row. The plot is fantastic Veronica asked her ex best friend to drive her to another state so she could get n abortion as a minor and everything that could possibly wrong went wrong. The journey was truly a coming of age tale as it put things into perspective or Veronica, but it also made me think about the struggle across the country for young girls as their freedom of choice is being threatened.
The characters felt so real and the dialogue was fantastic. The way the book was written made it easy to relate and empathize with Veronica throughout the entire book. Veronica was a perfectionist and a cautious, straight-A student who had dreams of going to an Ivy League school and Bailey was her snarky and rebellious ex best friend. The two of them were very different, but Bailey brought out laughter in Veronica who was so stressed about getting an abortion. The inclusion of Bailey in this book was a fabulous choice because she added levity to a serious trip. I also really liked that this book highlighted the struggles of perfectionism for Veronica. It is something that I have personally struggled with and could easily relate to.
Overall I was absolutely amazed by how great this book was. While it highlighted an important issue tactfully, it also was a fast paced and funny book. This is the perfect read for summertime, or when you are in a reading slump and looking for something that will be quick and entertaining.