My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: April 9th, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co (BYR)
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Abortion, Feminism, Women’s Rights, Friendship, Road Trip, Friendship
It’s not easy to take a controversial topic, like abortion in this case, and create a not only meaningful but also engaging, refreshing and satisfying story that highlights this subject and makes you think critically about it. Yet the author succeeded. Whenever I pick up a book with a heavy theme, I brace myself and oftentimes expect to cry so I choose a ‘‘right moment’’ to read it. But the beautiful truth here is that every moment is the right one for GIRLS ON THE VERGE.
It’s ugly in the sense that women should have complete control over their own bodies and anyone who says otherwise has no respect for the female gender. Texas certainly has no respect for women if it doesn’t offer Camille a real choice between keeping her baby and having an abortion. She has to travel far in order to have a semblance of a choice and the road is harsh, full of obstacles and people who would rather make the choice for her. Luckily, she has two friends to support her be on her side whatever happens.
There are many flashbacks that help understand how Camille ended up making the decision to terminate her pregnancy by leaving her theatre program with someone she never thought she would grow close to and her very religious best friend who initially pushed her toward having a baby. It’s a truly remarkably-told tale. It’s short because the author does not bother with unnecessary description or scenes and she clearly carefully planned the storyline because it works and it’s hard to put down. In a perfect world, everyone would be reading this book and thinking more about the right to choose for a woman.
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