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Girls on the Verge

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  72 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
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
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]
That was fantastic. So important and such a heavy topic, yet the author also managed to make it a story of girls supporting girls and it had some ridiculously hilarious, cute moments, too. I feel like this would make a PERFECT movie. Full review coming later!
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
4.5 stars. WOW; this is such a necessary book.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book... it was a fucking experience.

Here's some gifs that help portray my feelings.




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
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
I need this book like now! *-*
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .

Wow wow wow 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
Max Baker
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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 st
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank information is the greatest strength of this road trip / coming-of-age story. I kept asking myself, why didn't I know this? How can this be medical care for women in the United States today? The way that I got this ARC months ahead of the release date speaks volumes about potential impact. It was dropped off at the library by a young woman (heading off to college) who wanted to make sure it was included among the titles our teen volunteers are considering in their role as a YALSA Teens' To ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Stephanie
Cover Story: Hubba Bubba
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: -1
Talky Talk: High-School Required Reading
Bonus Factors: Friendship, Acting, Road Trips
Anti-Bonus Factors: Pro-Lifers, Crisis Centers
Relationship Status: Planned Parenthood Volunteer

Read the full book report here.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-good
"It isn’t fair that you have to miss out on your future because of one mistake you made in the past. I am so sick of old white dudes telling us what we can and can’t do with our bodies."

TW: slut-shaming, abortion

Actual rating: 3.5 ⭐

What a charming, important and informative read. Do not let the average rating fool you (that is totally my fault as I was expecting something different – I don't even know why, I myself am myself.)

I thoroughly appreciated the message and the educationa
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly timely book about the difficulties women and girls face in the continuing battle for the right to choose what is best for our selves and our bodies. Sharon Biggs Waller places the reader right in the trenches of abortion warfare when Camille becomes pregnant after having sex for the first time but chooses not to have the baby. The letter that Camille writes toward the end of the book is beautiful and perfect and for me, the best lines of the book.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
Girls on the Verge is not typically a book I'd read-- it is both a YA contemp and a road trip book, both which are low on my interest list. However, this had such an important topic-- the woman's right to choose-- that I knew I needed to read it. I know quite a bit about the topic but not specifically the difficulties in Texas. I was educated a lot through the book, and the characters were also compelling. They felt real to me and even though what they were doing seemed ridiculous, it became cle ...more
Kate (Beyond Bookish)
Trigger warnings for abortion.

I have to say that if you work or have teenagers you need to read this book! Abortion (whether your pro-life or pro-choice) is a very personal topic but one that needs to happen with parents, guardians, authority figures and young people. Texas has some crazy restrictive laws in regards to abortions and family planning and I found my heart breaking for Camille and her friends! Again, no matter where you stand on this issue I feel it is very important that you read a
Gina Adams
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fact that this book had to be written is so painful. This is fiction but literally the only thing that is manufactured is the characters themselves. The way Camille is treated is so real and happens daily. I’m so grateful that this book was written, published, and sold by Target (online, but still). It’s accessible. It’s accessible for girls who want to feel validated. There’s not much we can do for each other other than validate one another right now but we need as much of that as we can ge ...more
Seema Rao
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH MY! This book should be read by every teenage boy, every male in voting age, and well lots of other people. The story is topic, certainly, about the access to female healthcare and the stigmas of abortion, but its also so emotionally well-done. I almost can't write this review, bc remembering the story and the characters makes me want to cry. I wished we were in a world where this book didn't need to exist. Maybe if many people read it, we won't need stories like this in the future.
Ahtiya L.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
🌟4.5🌟 An incredibly moving and powerful book. It's informative, captivating, and features three dynamic young women whose friendship we get to see shift, blossom, and solidify throughout the journey of the book. This book does not shy away from the reality that is living in certain parts of America where strict abortion/anti-women laws are present. I'll probably re-read this book at some point in the future, especially since it's a fairly quick book that packs and a meaningful punch.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really really powerful. An incredibly detailed look into all the horrifying ways this country tries to ban women's access to abortions. There were some cheesy moments, but they were more than made up for by the driving goal of the story; to show just how oppressive the restrictive abortion laws are in this country. I was always fired up about this topic, but I am now more so than ever.
Sandra Benne
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-favourites
I am grateful everyday for having the luxury of living in Canada. I had no clue what is like to be a teenage girl, in Texas and go through an unwanted pregnancy. I loved so many things about this book. The friendships, the families, the travels, the impact of acts. The education I got on a tiny little bit of US laws on abortion. I am looking forward to watching Roe v Wade movie. Thank you Sharon Biggs Waller for this read. Top 5 of my 2019 fav.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew based on my response to the very beginning of this book that I was in for a read. Impacting, necessary and down-right eye-opening at times.

I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however, all opinions are my own.
Emily Knosher
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is relevant and educational. I fell instantly in love with Camille, Annabelle, and Bea. This is an amazing story and, no matter what side of the issue you stand on, it provides insight and an understanding of what it's like to be a girl seeking out an abortion.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Camille is pregnant. It's not a rape or a long-term serious boyfriend. It's a mistake. And she's only 16 and this would really destroy her life in a lot of ways. And she wants to get an abortion.

Her best friend, Bea, who is religious, is the opposite of supportive. She cuts Camille off without even hearing her out, leaving her alone. She has no boyfriend to go through this with her, she can't tell her parents (they don't have a bad relationship but a tempestuous one, and this wouldn't improve th
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel feels especially important these days--these days of Draconian laws concerning women and their bodies --and I'm so glad that I took the morning to read it; I'll definitely be giving this one to my daughters and will be putting it on my classroom library shelves as soon as I can. The story of Camille is the story of many young women and it's one that needs to be told in the light of day--not under the cover of darkness or with shame.

This story of an unplanned pregnancy and the fear, h
Lindsay Montague
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases, ya
What an important and heart wrenching story. I had heard about this from a few different people who also had read an early copy of the book and they had nothing but incredible things to say about this story. All the hype is true. This book needs to be put into the hands of every teen and adult.

This very timely coming-of-age novel follows three Texas girls on a road trip to get an abortion. It sheds light on societal issues having to do with women’s rights and abortion, especially in the state o
Kelly Hager
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Cami
This is such an important read. But besides all of the important information and difficult situations the girls are dealing with, the thing that stuck with me most was the friendships. Bea and Camille have been friends since before they can remember but have some very different opinions when it comes to sex and abortion. Annabelle and Camille become friends due to the circumstances around Camille's unexpected pregnancy but develop a deep connection and understanding during their journey. Both fr ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC I received of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I went back and forth between three and four stars for this book. I did like it; the relationship that evolved among the three girls was really compelling and a lot more engaging than the journey towards abortion.

The actual abortion plot was the part I enjoyed a bit less. Like many others have said, I think the story is an important one. I think it’s important to have a book tha
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What started off as a really good novel about a subject that we could use more books on for teen girls, however, it tanked 3/4 of the way through so badly I couldn't even give it a 3. I loved the secondary character Bea who even though she is very against what her best friend is going to do sticks by her. What I didn't love was how the other friend of the main character made her feel shame for believing in something else. This whole right or wrong belief system we're creating for our society, in ...more
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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