Finished Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“A powerful, timely coming-of-age story about a young woman from Texas who goes on a road trip with two friends to get an abortion, from award-winning author Sharon Biggs Waller.
Camille couldn’t be having a better summer. But on the very night she learns she got into a prestigious theater program, she also finds out she’s pregnant. She definitely can’t tell her parents. And her best friend, Bea, doesn’t agree with the decision Camille has made.
Camille is forced to try to solve her problem alone . . . and the system is very much working against her. At her most vulnerable, Camille reaches out to Annabelle Ponsonby, a girl she only barely knows from the theater. Happily, Annabelle agrees to drive her wherever she needs to go. And in a last-minute change of heart, Bea decides to come with.
Girls on the Verge is an incredibly timely novel about a woman’s right to choose. Sharon Biggs Waller brings to life a narrative that has to continue to fight for its right to be told, and honored.”
I loved this book and it broke my heart and infuriated me.
Camille is pregnant and she doesn’t want to be. She’s seventeen and can’t have a baby. And even if she could, she doesn’t want to. She doesn’t want her entire life ruined because of a condom error. So, abortion it is.
Except Camille lives in Texas, where they don’t really let you do that without jumping through a million hoops. So it will require a major road trip and, as it happens, two friends. Annabelle is a new friend and someone Camille really respects; Bea is her best friend, though it’s very complicated right now.
I loved seeing Camille and Bea work on fixing their friendship and I loved Annabelle get to know them. I love all three of them so much, and books about friendship make me really happy.
But Texas doesn’t come across well in this story. It wasn’t ever going to be likely that I’d live there but now I definitely wouldn’t want to. It’s gross the things that Camille had to go through and “crisis centers” are really the worst things and staffed by the worst people.
This is a hard book to read, but so worth it. We need to be diligent to make sure this doesn’t become a reality nationwide.