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Unpregnant

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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.

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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
I just sat in a bubble bath and read this entire book and I feel pretty content with my life choices.
Kalah Grimaud
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Awful and sad, it’s telling young girls that in order to move on with an education you must get an abortion. Very anti women mind set. We don’t have to kill our babies to succeed in life. This book makes women look weak. I’m not surprised a man did help write it.
Noa ☾
ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Hilarious, poignant and beautiful, Unpregnant tells the story of Veronica, a seemingly perfect high school student. She’s in the run to be valedictorian, has the “perfect” boyfriend, “perfect” friends and everything that goes with it… Until her “perfect” boyfriend pokes holes in his condom to get Veronica pregnant and stop her from moving away (I KNOW RIGHT ? WHO DOES THAT ?). With the help of Bailey Butler, her ex-best friend, Veronica
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˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
Aug 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfs
**dnf’ed at 45 pages**

were just on a roll with these disappointing anticipated releases huh??

so right off the bat I wasn’t into this. the writing was so clearly adults writing as teenagers and it was not going great. but then we find out the boyfriend messed with the condom on purpose (obviously without her consent) because his life was shitty and she got into brown.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

I am appalled. this is absolutely disgusting. I don’t even give a fuck what the rest of the book is
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Lauren Taylor
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It is essentially Super Bad with female main characters, but instead of trying to get to a party, they’re on a road trip to an abortion. Even though the topics discussed throughout the book are heavy and serious, there’s this amazing humor and report between these two female characters that you almost forget at times where they’re headed and just enjoy the ride. That being said, there’s open conversations about things such as religion, abortion, female rights and other ...more
Kelly
A total romp of a story about a girl who needs to get an abortion after her boyfriend tampers with a condom (he didn't want her to leave for college) and when the scariest girl in school discovers her pregnancy, the two of them set off across state lines to get her the legal abortion for the weirdest and most uncomfortable road trip. Along the way, Veronica discovers she's allowed herself to become a person who believes she's better than everyone else, and Bailey allows her story to become ...more
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I just did not like this at all. I didn't like the charcters - and actually hated a few, the relationships felt underdeveloped, and the plot was just a run-on joke.

I appreciate that the authors were going for a light-hearted comedy, when dealing with a heavier topic, but literally nothing in the story made an impression or impact on me. It went from one outlandish adventure to the next - stolen cars, attempted cow tipping, stip clubs, and a little B&E. And yeah, it was kinda fun, but with
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Meliss
No. This book is problematic, does not have an accurate view or understanding of teenagers, and isn’t written well either. The necessity of a young girl needing to travel hundreds of miles to get an abortion is a horrifically real situation, and this book tries to make it comedic. This isn’t dark humor, it’s tone deaf. Just no.
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
THIS BOOK WAS SO FUNNY! I DIED. I never thought a book about a heavy topic could be SO FREAKING HILARIOUS. Yes, yes yes!!!!! Love love love. ALL THE STARS! :D
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“You have a license, right?” Bailey drove to school every day, but with Bailey one could hardly take that as proof.
“Please.” Bailey tossed her wallet at me.
I pulled out the license. “It says your name is Rhonda and you’re twenty-four.”
“Oh, sorry.” She grabbed the wallet back, looked through it, and handed me another ID. I held it up to the light, examining it closely.
“It looks real.”
“Uh, because it is. Can we go now?”


Things I loved about this book:
• The normalization of abortion
• How it
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Leigh
Sep 22, 2019 marked it as not-interested
I'm seeing a lot of instagrammers promote this book without actually stating what this book is about. This is a YA book of which is being adapted into a movie?! Young kids are going to be reading this book! It's using abortion as a plot device for a light hearted friendship story. The real issues aren't addressed fully. How about safe sex? She got pregnant because her boyfriend poked holes in the condom. How about making responsible decisions and dealing with consequences? The entire blurb is ...more
Jaye Berry
First things first: a big fuck off to the gross pro-lifers who decided to spew their nasty shit onto this book in the reviews. Imagine thinking a book about a teenage girl and the right to her own body and life choices is anti-women. Can't relate to that level of stupid.

I still stand for what this book is about but the writing and tone just dragged this book down. It doesn't help that I read Girls on the Verge a couple months ago and that book did slap so hard. Highly recommend that one!

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hillary
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
“Excuse me? We are two strong young women in control of our destinies.”


I didn’t know I needed a book about abortion till this one was literally forced into my immediate TBR. I just checked out the first 20 minutes of the audiobook on YouTube and those first 3 minutes captured me so well I was desperate to keep reading the book after the preview was over.

But this is not only an entertaining and well written book, in fact it looks like an easy read on the surface, when it’s not easy if you put
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Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

I received an ARC of UNPREGNANT at BookExpo 2019

Jessica is actually the one who put Unpregnant on my radar. We were discussing debut novels we wanted to cover in 2019 and Jessica mentioned this one to me. Unpregnant stood out to me because I've never heard this in YA: The main character is actively seeking an abortion. That's not something you see everyday in YA literature. While I was eager for this book, I was also nervous because abortion
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Madison Mary
Sep 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
"I'd made my decision long before we arrived. Those signs were just words."

This is story that had a solid message but a less than pleasurable execution.

SUMMARY

Veronica Clark is a perfectionist. When she discovers that her boyfriend purposely got her pregnant just before the end of senior year, she panics. She is filled with shame and panic, and the only person she can turn to is her ex-best friend. Bailey and Veronica head on a road trip that is filled with many bumps in the road, and
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Amanda
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

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
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Bookishrealm
I really enjoyed this book. It was a random check out from the library but I really enjoyed how the author captured the difficulties that the main character faces in getting an abortion. There’s humor, heartbreaking moments, and the realization that it’s okay not to be perfect. I’m glad that they are writing a companion novel to this book. I’ll definitely check it out. I’ll also be doing a full review soon!
Konstantin
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I abandoned it after some 50-odd pages, but decided to read the last chapter anyway (which was wonderfully written, and probably the only reason I'm giving this half-baked, unexciting drivel written in the flattest tone imaginable two stars and not just one).
♛ Cameron ♛
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I feel really disappointed by this book. Earlier this year I read the book Girls on the Verge and it was a fantastic insight on teen pregnancy and abortion. It mixed such a difficult and sensitive topic with really wholesome f/f friendships and nice touches of happy moments. This book really didn’t do the topic well for me. The friendship is underdeveloped, the boyfriend is unnecessarily evil, and the humor takes away from the really heart wrenching story.

Seventeen-year-old Veronica Clarke
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Stacy Fetters
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I stepped closer and leaned over him as he flopped on the ground like a balding, pathetic fish. I pulled the probes from his chest.
Having a kid makes you parent material, asshole."


This book deals with a very serious and heavy subject. I’ve read a lot of reviews where they bash this because of the choices the lead character makes. I suggest you go into this with an open mind and a feminist heart because this book will change your life.

Veronica seems to have the perfect life. Her grades are
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André Mwansa
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Awful book of the year
Dylan
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars.

This was a fun read for the most part, but it was pretty bland and didn't have as much emotional depth as I hoped.
rachel
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, lgbtqia, lady-lit, 2019
3.5 stars.

I discovered this book while idly paging through an issue of People magazine and put it on my to-read list immediately, because I could not recall ever having read a YA book where the main character gets an abortion and I wanted to see how the topic was handled. I feel pretty strongly about changing the abortion taboo and helping women to feel less ostracized or shameful for having made that choice (depending on where you live, you probably know more than one woman who has had one -
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Susan's Reviews
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The reviews are all over the place on this one.
The characters are extremely immature and stereotypical, but there is some character growth towards the very end of this novel.
Veronica had a very serious decision to make. Her clinging boyfriend took away her choice regarding her pregnancy, but Veronica should also have taken more precautions - that was a choice, too. Very few of us would stand behind abortion as the only form of birth control for teens. That is certainly not the message here in
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Kristen Majkut
I struggle to read contemporary young adult fiction most of the time. I prefer young adult non-fiction, memoirs, historical fiction, novels in verse, poetry and all kinds of graphic novels. I force myself to read more of what I do not gravitate towards and have to make a point of identifying and reading popular young adult fiction.

This book has been on my to-be-read shelf for some time; daring me to read it. The initial topic of abortion had me questioning its bona fides. I finally read it today
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Naomi (3starsandup)
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
"I'd made my decision long before we arrived. Those signs were just words."

SYNOPSIS | Veronica has a seemingly perfect life. She is a candidate for valedictorian, she is Queen Bee of her friendship group and she is dating one of the most popular guys in school. However, she unexpectedly becomes pregnant and decides she wants an abortion, but where she lives (in Missouri) you need parental permission if you are under the age of 18. As she doesn't want her Catholic parents to find out she decides
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Sam (she_who_reads_)
This wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I was excited to read a YA book tackling a serious social and political issue with lighthearted humour, but this was a little too over the top for me. I thought I was going to get a fun, heartwarming road trip featuring two friends who were reconnecting- what I got was more “Harold and Kumar go to Whitecastle”
The situations the characters find themselves in are just so over the top, with very convenient solutions, the “villain” is so overblown I struggle
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Amanda Van Parys
I gotta 5-star this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was funny, adventurous, and last but not least, important. Treating abortion as a choice. Treating abortion in the very real way that teenagers will face abortion: discussing the consequences as well as the reasons behind the decision itself. Also discussed (often in hilarious and approachable ways) are abusive behaviors in partners, relationships with parents, religious beliefs, women friendship, and the personality changes we go through as ...more
Richelle Delgado
Nov 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I coud say a lot of things about this book but I’m not gonna waste my energy in such a shitty story!

Awful, sad and disrespectful!
Liz Lawson
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to secure an ARC of UNPREGNANT and adored this story. It's a fast-paced, funny, quirky story about a HS student and her ex-best friend who end up road tripping across the country when one of them discovers she's pregnant. The issues are heavy, but Jenni and Ted do a wonderful job incorporating humor in a way that makes the book compulsively readable. The story has an incredible forward momentum (you can definitely tell that the authors have a background in screenwriting) and ...more
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