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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.

Veronica needs an abortion, but the closest place she can legally get one is over nine hundred miles away—and Veronica doesn’t have a car. Too ashamed to ask her friends or family for help, Veronica turns to the one person she believes won’t judge her: Bailey Butler, Jefferson High’s own little black cloud of anger and snark—and Veronica’s ex-best friend. Once on the road, Veronica quickly remembers nothing with Bailey is ever simple and that means two days of stolen cars, shotguns, crazed ex-boyfriends, truck stop strippers with pro-life agendas, and a limo driver named Bob. But the pain and betrayal of their broken friendship can’t be outrun. When their fighting leads to a brutal moment of truth, Bailey abandons Veronica. Now Veronica must risk everything in order to repair the hurt she’s caused

310 pages, Hardcover

First published September 10, 2019

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1 review7 followers
September 26, 2019
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.
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1,344 reviews123 followers
September 29, 2019
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!

Unpregnant is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Veronica who ends up pregnant when her boyfriend pokes holes in their condoms. It's her senior year of high school and Veronica has big dreams- but staying in her home town with her boyfriend raising a baby isn't one of them. So she makes a decision to have an abortion, only the closest one is over 900 miles away. Too ashamed to ask her friends or family for help, Veronica ends up getting her ex-best friend Bailey to drive her. But the trip is full of more than they bargained for.

Why did a man co-write this? I don't think anyone ever needs a man writing an abortion story, sorry. Second off, this writing just ruined everything. The tone of this book tries to be funny and wacky as they go on wild shenanigans on their roadtrip but things just go BEYOND ridiculous to the point where it wasn't even realistic. Veronica's boyfriend literally tracks them the entire way screaming babe, they do something to slow him down and then he finds them again and it was just so weird??? Everything he did and said was weird???

Then of course they ends up with some screaming crazy stripper who also happens to be a jesus freak and chases them screaming about god's baby or something and it was bizarre and so cringy. Meanwhile a lot of the actual roadtrip traveling was just put into short paragraphs as the miles went by. I didn't feel any emotional impact or bonding from the girls either because they get in such stupid fights at the worst time. And Bailey was a caricature of a person. The writing was truly adults writing teenagers badly and it hurt. Also that lesbian rep? A big yikes from me.

But please read Girls on the Verge, it hits on everything this book didn't.
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164 reviews104 followers
May 11, 2019
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 goes on the road to get to an abortion… in a clinic 994 miles away in Albuquerque, NM.

🌺 #1 Unique

Unpregnant is unique. It manages to tackle serious topics (teenage pregnancy, abortion, abandonment) while being absolutely hilarious and delightful. This book’s main theme is abortion. Although it’s far from being a light-hearted topic, Unpregnant does not shy away from that (I mean, look at ALL THE TROUBLE Veronica has to go through). The moral judgment, the misogyny and control over women’s bodies is very real and the authors made sure to portray that. This is a beautiful commentary on women’s rights and how far we have to go to claim what’s rightfully ours.

🌺 #2 Friendship

Bailey Butler gave off some serious Janis Ian vibes and I was here for it. Not only did I adore the two MCs, the story also centers around friendship and appearances. It’s about trying to have this “perfect” image and losing yourself in the process. Can you really call your “friends” friends if they only care about you when you’re happy and bubbly but MIA when you really need them ? If not, I would reconsider what I call “friends”. Bailey Butler is a fierce lioness and gave true meaning to what a real friend is. I think she’s probably made it to one of my favorite characters of all time.

🌺 #3 Relevant (and soooo damn important)

It’s with sadness and bitterness that I call this book relevant today. I don’t live in the United States but the fight over women’s control on their own bodies doesn’t know any borders in my eyes. Georgia Governor signed the “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Law, banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, when doctors can usually start detecting a fetal heartbeat (if you wanna know more, read this article) Most women aren’t even aware they’re pregnant until the sixth week and it’s disgusting that men like Brian Kemp still feel entitled to the opinion that THEY KNOW BETTER WHAT IS GOOD FOR A WOMAN THAN A WOMAN HERSELF. However, the debate over abortion is worldwide and again, incredibly relevant. I think this book is a perfect way to tackle these issues and I applaud Ted Kaplan and Jenni Hendriks for the way they handled it.

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298 reviews167 followers
November 24, 2022
There isn't probably a more important topic than abortion rights nowadays, wherever you're from or live. And for all those people who are against it, the point is that abortion should be considered a right no matter what.
Moral of the story: it's your right to have kids as much as it's your right not to have them!

Despite the whole background subject, this is proof of how true friendship doesn't erase over the years, it simply remains suspended waiting for its moment to return.
Veronica and Bailey couldn't be more different but after haven't spoken for four years, the girls cross like six states and here - between a sip of cherry granita, a couple of burglaries and a limousine ride - their friendship will slowly resurface.

Even if the novel focuses on Veronica, Bailey is the reason why this story is so special: under her careless and insolent mood - faked, obviously - you can find a sweet, funny, selfless and brave girl.
It's thanks to her that Veronica returns home safely and in time to not be discovered, it's thanks to her if Veronica has the opportunity to go back to that life that she defines as "perfect" but which, in the end, realizes that it’s only fiction (her friends, her boyfriend, her parents, her sister). Still, Bailey voluntarily gives up everything just to make herself happy.

The story is not bad at all, but I get why some people think it's too slow or even too comical to be considered a serious story with a serious topic.
If you are one of them or you don't know what to watch tonight, I always suggest watching the movie instead. Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira won't let you done, I promise.

3.5 stars
March 13, 2020
Unpregnant es un libro necesario pero que, para mí, se quedó cortísimo en cuanto a profundidad.

Aquí nos encontramos con Veronica, una chica perfecta, cristiana, con un novio popular y notas espectaculares, que está a punto de graduarse del colegio con los más altos honores. ¿El problema? Acaba de descubrir que está embarazada. Pensando en su futuro (y sobre todo en el qué dirán), Veronica toma la decisión de que debe abortar, así que empieza a investigar y se da cuenta de que tendrá que viajar 1.600 millas para llegar a un estado en el que lo que quiere hacer sea legal. Así, se embarca entonces en un roadtrip con su exmejor amiga para llegar a su destino y poder seguir adelante con su vida.

Digo que le faltó profundidad al libro porque muy pocas veces los autores dejan que Veronica reflexione sobre lo que está a punto de hacer que, aclaro, me parece muy bien. Cualquier mujer debe poder decidir sobre lo que sucede con su cuerpo y con su vida. Lo que me molestó es que, a veces, el libro se centra muchísimo en este roadtrip y en las mil cosas que les suceden a Veronia y a Bailey y no en, yo qué sé, sus dilemas internos por ser cristiana e ir a abortar, por ejemplo. Es que, incluso, cuando por fin sucede lo que, evidentemente, va a suceder, la reacción es completamente plana, no le dedican un segundo pensamiento, sino que lo presentan como "okay, ya pasó, volvamos a casa".

Ahora, sí disfruté el libro, aunque no me fascinó y no puedo decir que sea un gran hito ni que vaya a ser un libro que cambie a generaciones, como mucha gente dice. Lo que sí que puedo decir del libro es que abre conversaciones, hace que reacciones y, al menos, te cabrees infinitamente con un personaje que, tristemente, representa lo peor de los hombres en la actualidad. El novio estúpido de Veronica la deja embarazada a propósito, A PROPÓSITO, es un cabrón. Y así hay muchos subnormales por el mundo. ¿Qué no me gustó de esta situación en el libro? QUE VERONICA, POR MIEDO AL QUÉ DIRÁN, NO DENUNCIA A UN TIPO QUE, BÁSICAMENTE, . En fin. Lo recuerdo y me da ira.
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109 reviews6,028 followers
May 2, 2021
hacía mucho tiempo no me reía tanto con un libro. Me encantan esas historias de road trips que los personajes terminan siendo una persona totalmente distinta a la que eran a la ida de la que terminan siendo a la vuelta. Nono, me reí mucho. La satira a los provida me puede mucho y más cuando es TAN HIPERBÓLICA. No sé, es un humor muy parecido al mío y la pasé muy bien jajaja. Es un libro pochoclero que te mete en un tremendo viaje entre lectura y lectura. Lo súper recomiendo si buscan algo fresco y divertido para despejar la mente. Además tiene un mensaje muy lindo🥺 Posta me encantó, léanlo.
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793 reviews34 followers
September 11, 2019
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.
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133 reviews9 followers
November 5, 2019
Wtf is wrong with these authors? This is a horrible concept that glorifies ending human life. No matter the circumstances, a fetus is alive and deserves to continue to be alive. Lots of loving couples waiting to adopt a baby
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19 reviews20 followers
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June 15, 2021
extremely hard to decide if this is a book worth reading when half the ratings are by angry pro lifers
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27 reviews
February 6, 2018
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 Southern values, showing the multisided views to each and not painting anything as black and white, rather on what’s right for different people.
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339 reviews90 followers
October 18, 2019
“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 shows how awful state abortion laws are for minors. Not every minor can afford to travel 1000 miles to get one.
• It is funny with wildly absurd shenanigans that occur along the way. (And early reviewer compared it to Superbad and it definitely has those type of outrageously funny WTF???? moments).
• How Veronica thinks back to how when she was just a CHILD people in her church encouraged them to make anti-abortion signs and how abortion is a “sin”. And how when she was TWELVE, and not old enough to fully understand what she was choosing, her father told her to get a purity ring. So it examines how young children (mostly girls) are taught that their bodies aren’t there’s. And how as Veronica got older she realized how wrong all of these things her church was saying about reproductive rights was wrong. It’s something a lot of people can relate to.
• The adorable friendship that kind of picks up where it left off.
• That when she thinks of getting an abortion her first thought is being relieved and ecstatic. Because some people who get abortions are sad and grieve over it and that is okay. And some people who get abortions feel immense relief and that is okay. Both reactions are valid.
• How the chapters are sectioned off my mile markers. It was cute.

Things I didn’t like:
• All the ableist language. There were many lines using “blind”, “deaf”, “dumb”, and “stupid” in ableist ways.
• I think this would’ve worked better as a movie. The authors originally wrote it as a script. Couldn’t sell it. Decided to make it a book instead. Sold the book. HBO bought the movie rights. And now the authors are writing the script. So it will eventually become one. But the entire time I read this I was thinking how it would work better as a movie.
• The writing style wasn’t for me.
• (minor spoiler): they never actually went to roswell and i was hoping for some ET shenanigans. grrrr
• People definitely poke holes in condoms. That is a thing that has happens. I understand why they put this in the book. But I kind of wished they had chosen a “contraceptives aren’t 100% effective” route instead. Also don’t put two condoms on because that makes it less effective (which these characters did in the book). I know a couple who used the pill and condoms and still ended up pregnant. So being “safe” still doesn’t work 100% of them time. None of these contraceptives are 100% effective. So while I understand the authors’ choice of the condom tampering (which DOES happen and I could see people trapping their significant other in a relationship this way) I think it would have been more impactful for their first abortion book to go a different route: no matter how prepared you are, sometimes shit happens.

Overall I enjoyed the book. It’s a super quick read. And we need more books about abortion. It’s light hearted, and funny, and both Veronica and Bailey have their own story arcs even though the book is centered around Veronica and takes place mostly over three days. It addresses the stigma around abortion, condom tampering, coming out, coping with divorce, how shitty high schoolers are, pressure to be perfect, and how fun it can be to just let go. I enjoyed the book but would have rather watched the 98 minute comedy than read it.

Content Warnings and Trigger Warnings: condom tampering, mentions of underaged drinking, stalking, drug use (weed), mentions of drug use (acid), anti-abortion protesters, mentions of cheating, incest joke (cousin kissing), ableist language (‘are you blind’, ‘stricken deaf’, ‘stupid’, ‘dumb’), kidnapping,
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1,146 reviews248 followers
September 7, 2019
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 no real emotional grounding if felt wasted and one dimensional. I do think the abortion plot is kinda glossed over and used as a plot device to really focuses on the reconnected friendship between Veronica and Bailey, and while I always love a friendship-focused story, there wasn't enough here to make me care for either of the characters. I still don't feel like I really know either of them or their history or their families. I could maybe give you a few bullet points about each, but not many.

It took me around 2 hours to read this and it's just a whole blur of bleh. I really thought I would love this - or at least enjoy it, but sadly that was not the case. I seem to be an outlier with this book, so if you think it's interesting or worth checking out make sure to check our some other reviews and read a preview if you can.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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402 reviews65 followers
August 11, 2020
**0.5 stars rounded up** TW: rape

DISCLAIMER: I am pro-choice. Ladies, do whatever you want with your bodies. It's not my, or anyone else's, decision to make.

God, if I could rate this book 0 stars, I would.

This fucking monstrosity made me physically nauseous. It's not often that I get a physical reaction from a book, and usually, it's just tears or maybe a pang in my stomach because of anticipation. This one made me want to hurl my guts out.

Unpregnant is about Veronica Clarke, the perfect model student who gets accidentally pregnant and has to go on a road trip with her ex-best friend, Bailey, to an abortion clinic where her parents won't find out. That sounds like a pretty decent story, right?

Well, so did I. But, as you can tell by now, I was wrong.

The reason why Veronica accidentally got pregnant was because of her ex-boyfriend, Kevin, who poked holes in his condom because he didn't want Veronica to move away to college from Missouri to Rhode Island. On top of that, he even proposed to her to "trap" her, and he stalked Veronica and Bailey all the way to the clinic in New Mexico.

The reason why Veronica had to go all the way to New Mexico was that, in the state of Missouri, you need a parent's permission to get an abortion. That wasn't an option for Veronica, as her parents are very religious, very Catholic, and they believed that abortion was murder and a sin.

The reason why this book made me want to hurl was that Bailey and Veronica treated this road trip to New Mexico as a "girls' trip" and treated it as an adventure. Sure, you might want to make the victim feel a bit better, but this book was just absolutely ridiculous. They went to a strip club, had their car stolen, trespassed on private property to climb an elephant sculpture, went cow-tipping and much more ridiculous things like that. The authors played off this extremely traumatizing event as nothing and used it as a book version of the show Just for Laughs: Gags.

Bailey Butler also came out as a lesbian in this novel, which was used entirely for the furthering of Veronica's character. Everything that happens in the book is for the furthering of Veronica's character, and everything conveniently happens to help our Veronica and Bailey. They played off this whole event as nothing, and at one point, Bailey even called Veronica something along the lines of "whore" and "you should have kept your pants on and legs together." If Veronica was actually written like a real character instead of this, I don't know what to call it because it is just so so terrible, that would have been the tipping point for her. Veronica should have been dealing with trauma in a normal way, not going on a coming-of-age movie road trip.

The decision of abortion was also played down in this book as well. Bailey made fun of abortion and Veronica making the decision to have sex the entire book, and it was just harmful and adding to the stigma that there already is around abortion.

The ending was also terrible as well. Veronica and Bailey decided to get nachos after Veronica's abortion, and then they see Kevin at the same nacho place (because Kevin decided to show up at the abortion clinic and use it as another stupid excuse to keep Veronica and him together) and Bailey and Veronica steal his car. And their excuse when Kevin confronts them? "Well, you did all this, so the least you can do is let us borrow your car." No! You should have gone to the police like a normal person! He stalked you the entire time!

Having an abortion can also be a traumatizing experience depending on who you are, but not for Veronica! She went up to her ex-best friends at the end of the novel and went "yeah, I got an abortion, Kevin essentially raped me, no biggie lol" and went off to sit with Bailey. Um?????? Excuse me??

I might be able to understand that one may add comedy into a story of extremely traumatizing events, toxic people, and even self-discovery, but this? This is a fucking disgrace to books.

I have so much more to say, but if I said all of it you would be sitting here for a while reading my angry ramblings. But the TLDR is: don't read this fucking monstrosity.



EDIT: I seriously cannot believe that they're making this into a movie. I mean, come on! Read the room!
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Author 6 books1,205 followers
September 4, 2019
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 better known and embrace vulnerability.

This book is very, very funny and it's clear that Hendriks and Caplan write for television, as it has that pacing and feel. It's a bit over-the-top, but the bigger point in the story is exceptionally well rendered. For a young person who is pregnant and seeking an abortion, it can become impossible for access to those services. In Veronica's case, she has to travel from Columbia, Missouri and her conservative, religious upbringing, all the way to Albuquerque, New Mexico to have the procedure.

What I really loved most was the friendship that blooms between Veronica and Bailey. They had been friends when they were younger, but they grew apart as Veronica kept climbing the "good girl" ladder. Bailey seems like she's all hard edges, but we discover how much hurt and pain is in her life, relating to her father, and why it is she agreed to take this trip with Veronica. Bailey's also lesbian, and this becomes both a point of pride and acceptance and a tool wielded against her -- until it's better understood how and where the girls' religious upbringing impacts their beliefs.

Highly recommended.
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1,839 reviews4,666 followers
December 5, 2019
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!
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452 reviews142 followers
March 14, 2022
This book talks about a taboo topic in a really flowy fun way. It talks about abortion, but also self-discovery and friendship. A quick, fun read. I wish the women from my country had the choice to do whatever they want with their bodies and could go to clinics like that. Hopefully, in the future.
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310 reviews148 followers
April 19, 2021
This was a quick, fun read. Somewhat unrealistic and bit over the top, but still enjoyable.
My biggest problem with the book was that it was too short. I didn't even get a chance to develop feelings for the characters, and the story was already over.
And when it comes to the whole abortion aspect, I think it was nicely done. I was never pro-life and strongly believe that if people who weren't ready to become parents were never forced to become one, this world wouldn't have so many unhappy children. But that's just me—others might feel differently.

All in all, a solid 3.5 star read.
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618 reviews74 followers
May 20, 2020
Perfection does not equal success.

College draws closer everyday. Veronica Clarke just failed a test she never imagined taking. But the two pink lines on the piece of plastic don't lie when her boyfriend's a monster who pokes holes in condoms, to keep her close.

She needs to get an abortion, but she's ashamed and there's no one there to help, except for Bailey Butler. Secretly road tripping with the school's loner and her used to be bestie isn't ideal, but everything will be fine, right? Wrong.

A story of choices, chases, and conversations. A tale of young women, wheels, and a wild ride.

Trigger warnings for talk of pregnancy, sl*t shaming, major consent issues, mention of drug use, underage drinking, stalking, divorce, theft, misogyny, sexism, and sexual assault.

Smart, anxious Veronica was a quintessential good girl. With her own, her boyfriend's and society's expectations, she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders with nowhere to turn. My heart cried for her as she scrambled for help. However, her attempts to ditch her perfectionist, reputation concerned mindset for self acceptance were one of the novel's saving graces.

Crass, fierce Bailey had been ousted from the social circles of high school. Her weirder traits were emphasized in a way that made her more of a caricature instead of a character. It took a little digging, but her oddities were only the surface of a honest, solid, and caring girl, whom I loved.

Road trips need real friends. Seemingly opposite, the former best friends had many miles to go before they could patch things up. I adored how they supported one another, lightened up and grounded each other's personalities, their all too relatable history but...Their friendship was like eagerly anticipating a bag of chips only to find they're secretly stale. By the end it turned out to be incredibly formulaic and trying hard to force feed me the fact that THEY WERE FRIENDS.

*Insert pregnant pause and many attempts to keep a level head here.*

Humor can be used to bring light to important political and social topics, like abortion. But when it, both sides of the conversation, and the all too real situations many young girls find themselves in, were trivialised as a vehicle for an over-the-top jokey joyride, my heart plummeted. Even if I could've cruised with the gimmicky caricatures, I still would have been begging the GPS to course correct us back towards the plot.

Perhaps what really deflated my tires though, was when I realized the book was going to completely gloss over the sexual assault for the most part. Speaking to the pressures we put on ourselves and young girls, Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplan's novel held a few lines about the importance of reconnecting and putting less value on reputation. Unpregnant also had a lot to say about the judgments we cast upon women's decisions about sex, their bodies, and academics. Incredibly quick, this was a tiring journey.

Unpregnant left me unhappy and underwhelmed.
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753 reviews1,279 followers
December 26, 2019
Ufff... qué tema cuando los libros te generan tantos sentimientos sobre cuestiones complejas. Un libro que no puede ser reducido al aborto. Este libro abarca todo: los temores de adolescencia, la rebeldía, la maldad, la amistad, la educación sexual, la construcción de los vínculos, las apariencias, la moral y la falta de ella, el qué dirán, y también el poder decidir sobre tu propio cuerpo. La controversia alrededor de este libro se genera por la gran grieta entre "pro vida" y "pro aborto legal". Más allá de mi postura (la cual no me apena decir, es a favor de la legalización del aborto), creo que el libro es sumamente recomendable para entender la base de todo lo que concierne la sexualidad y otros temas relevantes en la vida de cualquier ser humano.

Acá entendemos con toda claridad lo que significa tener o carecer de educación sexual integral, lo que es proteger el cuerpo, la salud, la sexualidad y la identidad. Es un libro juvenil, por supuesto destinado al público más joven. Es una grandiosa idea tener una novela cuya llegada sea así, la literatura puede ayudar a abrir la cabeza (no siempre, pero por lo menos en este caso creo que así es) y detectar situaciones que no están bien ( ).

En resumidas cuentas, un buen libro, que a pesar de tocar temas tan delicados, se torna cómico gracias a las situaciones que la protagonista y su amiga se ven obligadas a atravesar.

Les dejo la videoreseña que hice: https://youtu.be/UrPd9oZzvy0
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420 reviews4,543 followers
December 12, 2019
"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.


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 learn along the way what is means to accept who you are.


This is probably one of the most disappointing reads of 2019 for me. I was so excited to read this book but it ended up letting me down.

The best part of this novel, and the only redeeming quality, was the message it portrayed. Unpregnant is a story about a girl who learns that she does not have to change herself for the people around her. Veronica learns to embrace who she is and to let go of the constraints she placed around herself. Veronica goes through with the abortion even after realising that at first the reason she wanted it was because she was ashamed. In the end, the realises that she is just not ready to put aside or balance her college life at Brown to raise a child.

This was a very quick read. I read it in under 2 hours! The writing was simple and flowed easily. However, the plot was utterly ridiculous. The things that Bailey and Veronica do over the course of this novel are not at all believable.

Veronica's (ex)boyfriend manages to follow the two girls all the way to New Mexico, despite them having multiple disruptions along the way. It was crazy how often this boy showed up. I understood that he was in the story to show how some men feel the need to have control over the women in their lives, but this boy... I couldn't handle him. He was a laughably horrible character.

Furthermore, Veronica and Bailey make so many dangerous decisions over the course of this novel. I was shaking my head at the choices they made. The authors tried to make this a funny adventure on the way to get an abortion and it just did not work out well. Honestly, if I had to summarise this book it would be: The Hangover - Abortion Style.

Not good.
Overall, it was fine. I will watch the movie adaptation but I wouldn't recommend the book to my friends or followers.
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79 reviews5,420 followers
October 5, 2020
la verdad que me re gusto, siento que es un libro divertido y ~fresco~ para leer en una tarde.
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692 reviews1,239 followers
January 8, 2020
“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 yourself in the main character’s shoes. I applaud the authors for writing this book and already having it planned to be a movie because that’s what young girls deserve to see and be told.

Just look at the review of this book with the most likes and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I’m so disgusted that so many people think girls and women can’t have a choice on their own body. I hope this book does a bit of magic and convinces people of how hard it is to go on with the life you planned when you’re a female in this sick world. Very unlikely but I have hope.

But as I grew older, I’d realized so many things they told me were true in church just didn’t match up with real life.

I really enjoyed this book! The writing style was captivating and the characters very lovable from the get-go. Some stuff was very unrealistic but as this book was so well plotted it wasn’t an issue in the slightest. Maybe I would have wanted Veronica to apologize a bit better for what she told Bailey about her sexuality, but nothing more.

I’m still so shocked at how the boyfriend
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535 reviews
November 12, 2019
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!
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476 reviews378 followers
May 11, 2021
¡Me encantó este libro! Es esencialmente súper malo con personajes principales femeninos, pero en lugar de intentar llegar a una fiesta, están en un viaje por carretera hacia un aborto. A pesar de que los temas que se discuten a lo largo del libro son pesados ​​y serios, hay un humor e amistad asombrosos entre estos dos personajes femeninos que casi olvidas a veces hacia dónde se dirigen y simplemente disfrutas del viaje. Dicho esto, hay conversaciones abiertas sobre temas como la religión, el aborto, los derechos de la mujer y otros valores sureños, mostrando las opiniones multilaterales de cada uno y sin pintar nada en blanco y negro, sino sobre lo que es correcto para diferentes personas.

Fue algo fresco leer una historia sobre una niña que necesita abortar después de que su novio manipula un condón (él no quería que ella se fuera a la universidad) y cuando la niña más aterradora de la escuela descubre su embarazo, las dos se preparan, cruzando las fronteras estatales para conseguirle el aborto legal para el viaje por carretera más extraño e incómodo. En el camino, Verónica descubre que se ha permitido convertirse en una persona que cree que es mejor que los demás, y Bailey permite que su historia sea más conocida y abrace la vulnerabilidad.

Este libro es muy, muy divertido y está claro que Hendriks y Caplan escriben para televisión, ya que tiene ese ritmo y esa sensación. Es un poco exagerado, pero el punto más importante de la historia está excepcionalmente bien representado. Para una persona joven que está embarazada y busca un aborto, puede resultarle imposible acceder a esos servicios. En el caso de Verónica, ella tiene que viajar desde Columbia, Missouri y su educación conservadora y religiosa, hasta Albuquerque, Nuevo México para someterse al procedimiento.

Lo que más me gustó fue la amistad que florece entre Verónica y Bailey. Habían sido amigos cuando eran más jóvenes, pero se distanciaron a medida que Ver��nica seguía subiendo la escalera de la "niña buena". Parece que Bailey es muy dura, pero descubrimos cuánto dolor y dolor hay en su vida, en relación con su padre, y por qué aceptó hacer este viaje con Verónica. Bailey es lesbiana, y esto se convierte a la vez en un motivo de orgullo y aceptación y en una herramienta en su contra, hasta que se comprenda mejor cómo y dónde la educación religiosa de las niñas afecta sus creencias.

Muy recomendable.
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315 reviews668 followers
October 30, 2019
Brutal la decisión que tiene que tomar Veronica; llega hasta ahí de una forma que no puedo contar pero que es mezquina y con sus 17 años tiene que enfrentar toda una carrera de obstáculos, repasando su vida, sus amigos, su paso por el instituo para llegar a la conclusión de que, en cierta medida, se ha perdido a sí misma por el camino.
Un viaje de 1600 kilómetros junto con su mejor amiga en el colegio, Bailey (es una pasada de personaje) para poder tener un nuevo comienzo y mirar a su futuro con ilusión.
Absolutamente recomendable.
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1,004 reviews679 followers
January 30, 2021
Certains éléments m’ont laissée un peu mitigée (disons que j’aurais aimé une approche un peu différente) mais dans l’ensemble c’était une chouette lecture ! C’était drôle et léger, pas du tout comme je l’avais imaginé, il y avait quand même de l’émotion et, bien sûr, on parle de sujets importants. Une lecture qui ne conviendra sans doute pas à tout le monde vu le sujet, mais un thème qui a le mérite d’être abordé en littérature YA !
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