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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,501 ratings  ·  438 reviews
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
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Published April 9th 2019 by Simon & Schuster
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
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This book was absolutely incredible. I hardcore cried while reading this one because it opened my eyes up so much more to the struggles women face every day to have control over their own bodies. It may only be February but I predict that this book will end up in my top 5 of the year because it hit me SO hard. What a devastatingly important book.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I look like I've been through a battle and lived to talk about it.

Out of all of the important sociopolitical topics covered in YA over the last few years, one thing I have constantly wished to see more portrayals of in literature is pro-choice discussions about women doing what needs to be done to retain control of their own bodies. In the last few months, there has been so much going on here in the US regarding reproductive rights that Girls on the Verge is exactly what we needed to see burst
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An important, timely and well written story about a woman's right to choose


Camille, a teenager living in Texas found out that she was pregnant on the same night that she found out that she had got into an amazing theatre programme. She couldn't tell her parents, her best friend reacted badly to the news, so she had to try to face it all alone. Everything, and
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. 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
Julie Zantopoulos
4.5 stars

This book is too timely, sickly timely, for all that is happening in the United States as I sit down to write this review. More people making decisions for women and their bodies, telling that what is and isn't acceptable, and shaming those who are sexually active before they deem is "appropriate".

In Girls on the Verge Camille is pregnant and knows, without any doubt in her mind, that she does not want the baby. No, she doesn't want to give it up for adoption, no she does not want to
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
4.5 stars. WOW; this is such a necessary book.
Trigger warnings: abortion, restrictive access to abortion, misogyny, car accident, slut shaming, pro-life bullshit, sanctimonious religious bullshit.

4.5 stars.

This book was amazing and heartbreaking. This book was also rage-inducing. Basically, it's the story of a teenage girl living in Texas who's gotten pregnant and wants to get an abortion. Texas being Texas, that access is incredibly restricted and she's forced to go on a roadtrip to try and sort things out.

This is, I think, a very
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
4.5 stars. I’m so glad this book exists.
5 stars.

So so powerful.

I don't know if I can say that I enjoyed reading this? YES it was well written and YES I had a lot of fun with these characters, but this book made me so angry. Angry that society tells teenage girls that they aren't mature enough to make a decision about their own bodies or any woman in general, angry that men believe they can treat women the way that they did in this book and almost caused these girls to be injured, and angry that these young women had to drive hundreds
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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Wow wowwow this is an important book. As more women's rights are taken away across the U.S., Girls on the Verge shines a glaring spotlight on all the hypocrisy and injustice that accompanies each of these decisions. And you might be thinking "hey, isn't this supposed to be a book review and not a political rant?", but you'd be wrong. Because it's inherently both. Books have a plethora
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
This book was good but it didn't make me feel any type of way. I don't know what exactly i expected from it and yet what i got wasn't exactly it ...more
Audrey Laurey
I finished this book yesterday but it was too topical with the Alabama abortion law. Anyhow, I want to give this book to everyone, especially if you are a young person, in the US, and especially a young women in Texas.

Girls on the Verge is the story of 3 girls who go on a road trip to try and get their friend Camille an abortion because she is 17 and lives in Texas. Taking place in 2014 after Wendy Davis's famous 14 hour filibuster on the Texas State Senate floor.

I've lived in Texas for the
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
- I am and always will be pro-choice
- Criminalizing abortions won’t prevent them from happening it just facilitates unsafe abortions
- The story takes place in Texas, a known conservative state and Camille faces a lot of opposition to her choice
- The frustration was real when health care professions, law practitioners, STRANGERS, frequently pushed their bias onto her
- Damn separation of church and state man I’m
- there’s some obvious discussions about abortion overall as well as
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i've always been pro-choice and i always will be.
reading stories about women making that difficult choice, i really cannot help but admire them. you have to be brave and strong because it's not an easy decision, it's something that will change you forever.
i truly loved that she had great friends along the way, support it's needed all the time and even more in these situations.
for me, it fills me reading stories like this and i'll finish the review by saying sensitive and controversial topics
Max Baker
Thank You Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

This is an important book. I won't deny it, because to do so would be a gross and frankly irresponsible thing to do. Girls on the Verge points out a lot of terrible things the US have done in regards to women's health and abortion. The main character Camille has to go through multiple hoops just to get a straight answer out of someone and it's just awful. Like you seriously want to punch the concept of the
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
I need this book like now! *-*
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
When I selected this book to read, I had no idea how Sharon Biggs Waller would approach this tale. Would she use objectivity? Or, would she sneak some teachings that hurt readers? Suffice to say, she chose the former with gusto.

In Girls on the Verge, Waller creates a story of a girl's personal decision in the form of a road trip along with two girlfriends with varied mindsets. Set in Texas, Camille faces abortion restrictions, including false information and misogynistic and paternalistic
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is brilliant, it is a beautiful combination between fun and necessary. It had moments that made me grin and moments that made me angry beyond belief.

this book talks about the fact that women should have the right to choose what to do with their bodies. I think it handles that topic splendidly.

It shows the struggles and the horrible things women go through daily to be able to do something or because they made a choice that some people don't agree with. The harassment they endure outside
Jenny Brown
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every gift is a blessing girl. Nice job Sharon
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow I’m absolutely speechless right now.
Misster Reader
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such an important and poignant book. I'm so glad it exists just sad it's so under the radar.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
Review to come. :)
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved these girls Touching story written with care, facts and sensitivity. ...more
Jaye Berry
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, contemporary, 2019
Okay I don't think I can actually write a review that slaps as hard as this book.

Girls on the Verge is about a teenage girl named Camille who finds out she's pregnant right after she gets into a prestigious theater program. She can't tell her parents and her ultra-religious best friend Bea doesn't agree with her choices. Camille is forced to deal with the situation herself but the system and her state are set out against her. At her lowest point, Camille finds help from Annabelle- a girl she
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2019
Girls on the Verge is a book that begs to be read. In today's anti-choice climate where women's bodily rights are being slashed left and right, this timely tale gives reader a taste of the hoops many women have to jump through to simply take control over their own bodies. My heart broke for pregnant teen Camille as her hopes were dashed over and over again, as man after entitled man made decisions for her about her own body and future - and shaming her constantly through this process. My heart ...more
Ashley Lynne
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, i-own-it
I thought for a while that I was gonna give this book 4.5 stars, only knocking down a half star because I didn’t like Bea or Annabelle for various reasons, but in the end I decided that I loved this book to much to not give it a 5!

Such a raw and important story about a young woman and the hurdles she goes through just to try and have control over her own body. So emotional and devastating and angering at times...hilarious and fun and sweet at other times. Absolutely loved it.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminist-reads
This was such a moving, heartbreaking and educational experience. There are just so many things that I do not know about contraception and abortions and just female anatomy despite being a woman which is crazy. This book has helped me learn and taught me how to learn about these things.

It is absurd that a woman has to travel to get an abortion but that is the way it is unfortunately. At times I got so angry I wanted to punch every old man making laws about our bodies. This is a must read for
Fernanda Granzotto
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing


Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
shew this was a very hard read. especially while thinking about all the "heartbeat" bills up for a vote in multiple states (with no exceptions for rape or incest) including in the great state i live in - tennessee. it's so unbelievably heartbreaking that this is something women and young girls go through every day.

i did feel it was a little heavy handed at times but honestly, i'm ok with that. after all it is targeted towards a younger audience than me, and i think it's important to really
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Sharon Biggs Waller is the recipient of the Friends of American Writers award and the author of A Mad, Wicked Folly (Viking) and The Forbidden Orchid (Viking), both of which have garnered multiple starred reviews and awards. Her upcoming novel is a young adult contemporary called Girls on the Verge (Holt, April 2019). She's also a magazine journalist and has written several non-fiction books about
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