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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Girls on the Verge

  1. 4 out of 5

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    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 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 onto the scene, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Girls on the Verge has so many fantastic points fit into this powerful little story, such as: • The discussion revolving around the fact that birth control isn't flawless and the "just use protection!" argument isn't always enough • The overarching theme of girls supporting girls and learning how to look past their own biases to take care of each other (because supporting a woman's right to choose doesn't have to mean you'd make the same choice yourself) • The delightfully well-crafted references to current political goings-on (I died a little of joy every time Wendy Davis was mentioned!) On top of all of that, though, it's just such a fun story to read. Sure, it tackles very heavy and tough topics, and it definitely made me emotional a few times (mostly just enraged by the ridiculous state of our society right now), but I also laughed so hard at so many of the exchanges between Camille, Bea, and Annabelle. These girls are hilarious and feel so real and genuine; even in little ways, they just feel human, like the way one of them always piped up with "I'll Google it!" when they were curious about the tiniest little thing — that's a very 'me' thing and I loved it. Their friendships are so delightful and lovable and I honestly, truly cherished every single page of Girls on the Verge and hope that it gets the attention it deserves. ♥ P.S. Can I just say this would make an AMAZING teen film adaptation? Get on it, Netflix! All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to Henry Holt and Co. for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  3. 5 out of 5

    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 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 hear the heartbeat, she wants an abortion. Camille lives in Texas and while abortion law and the control over women's bodies change constantly (honestly, I'm fighting pure hot anger right now) this book was written with the most up to date laws as possible at the time of writing. We follow Camille as she tries and struggles to do something as simple as buying a pregnancy test, her rebelious new friend Annabelle who won't let Camille go through this alone. Then there's Beatrice (whom I have a bit of a teeth grinding issue with) who is hyper religious and is struggling to be a friend to Camille when she's willfully "killing a baby". The whole religious girl can't support or understand a friend who doesn't want to be a teen mom trope...I'm not a fan. But, I understand it's Texas and that's a whole other world of religious devotion that my north east self just doesn't have to deal with. This book is maddening, heartbreaking, and just downright eye opening. LIving in Pennsylvania I don't have to deal with crap like that and there's a difference between knowing others do and reading the step by step trauma that girls in Texas (and states like it) go through. There isn't much more to say about this book, I'm not going to spoil the storyline for you, just know it's a raw look at the struggles, trauma, and heartache that women all over the world face just to have control of their own lives and bodies. It's hard to read at time, it pisses you right the hell off, and it also showcases the strength and resolve of girls, women, families, and friends. It's beautiful and it's important. I hope you'll read it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    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 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 the sense that women should have complete control over their own bodies and anyone who says otherwise has no respect for the female gender. Texas certainly has no respect for women if it doesn’t offer Camille a real choice between keeping her baby and having an abortion. She has to travel far in order to have a semblance of a choice and the road is harsh, full of obstacles and people who would rather make the choice for her. Luckily, she has two friends to support her be on her side whatever happens. There are many flashbacks that help understand how Camille ended up making the decision to terminate her pregnancy by leaving her theatre program with someone she never thought she would grow close to and her very religious best friend who initially pushed her toward having a baby. It’s a truly remarkably-told tale. It’s short because the author does not bother with unnecessary description or scenes and she clearly carefully planned the storyline because it works and it’s hard to put down. In a perfect world, everyone would be reading this book and thinking more about the right to choose for a woman. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    4.5 stars. WOW; this is such a necessary book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)

    4.5 stars. I’m so glad this book exists.

  7. 5 out of 5

    K.

    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 impor 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 important book for showing how restricting reproductive rights (at one point, she can't even buy a pregnancy test because the male pharmacist gets all "As a Christian and a father, I'd be horrified if anyone sold my daughter a pregnancy test so I won't sell you one") doesn't actually stop abortion and instead just drives women to more and more desperate ends. The author is very frank about the difference that abortion has made in her own life, and I love that she included that at the end of the novel. My one small gripe is that it's a VERY short book and I wish it was 50-100 pages longer than it is so that the story didn't feel so rushed at times. In short: this book made me want to stab things but it was also amazing. Do with that information what you will.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    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 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 of miles so that our main character could get an abortion. This book had me incredibly upset but not just because it's sad what they had to go through - but because i'm so frustrated that society refuses to give women the rights to their bodies. This book is sad, but it's also hopeful. Hopeful in the way that it makes me believe that reproductive rights will be full given back in the future, but there's no guarantee. GIRLS ON THE VERGE will definitely end up as a favorite of 2019 and something that I will reread at least once in the near future. This is a novel you aren't going to want to miss. TW: abortion

  9. 5 out of 5

    Luupi "The Reading Queen"

    I need this book like now! *-*

  10. 4 out of 5

    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 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 of purposes: To entertain, to shock, to elicit any number of feelings. But one of the purposes can, and should be, to make a social statement. Sharon Biggs Waller does that here, in a way that still makes for an appealing reading experience. The book is chock full of information that women in general but absolutely young women should know about their rights. It discusses such horrors as "crisis centers", which are in the business of trying to prey on scared young women in order to push their conservative Christian agenda. It talks about  the amount of people who will try to shove themselves into a woman's personal reproductive decision making. The vast differences in state laws are a big feature of the book, as are the variations in law when it comes to the time period in which a woman is allowed to seek an abortion, the methods she may use, and whether she needs consent. Which is obviously utter bullshit, because exactly zero of the people making said decisions are a woman and/or her physician. Girls on the Verge tackles this incredibly important topic, but it's also at its core a tremendously heartfelt story about female friendship and growing up. Camille doesn't always see eye to eye with her best friend since forever, Bea. Bea is staunchly religious and is appalled when she learns of Camille's decision. That is when Annabelle steps up to the plate to basically be the most awesome friend in the history of friendship. She's willing to help Camille at, quite literally, any cost. I don't want to go too in depth because this is a story you must read for yourself, and this is spoiler territory. But I promise that Annabelle is complete friend goals. Bea of course starts to come around a bit, and joins them on their journey. But make no mistake, she's going to have to grow a lot as a person if she deserves Camille's friendship. And to be clear, this isn't a bash on religion at all. It's a bash on using conservatism disguised as religion to judge other people. Which is kind of the antithesis of actual religion anyway, right? There's a slight romantic element, but to me it seemed like its purpose was not a focus on romance, but more a focus on how life doesn't end when you're faced with a really difficult hurdle. That you still deserve and can find love in all its forms. Also, if there's anything I love more in a book than roadtrips, it's a road trip to Mexico with three women who are journeying to find themselves. Bottom Line: You need to read this book, appreciate its strong feminist message, then you need to make everyone you know read it. And then, you know, get out there and help change the world.

  11. 4 out of 5

    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 pa 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 past 25+ years and accurate medicine based sex education is not provided. Camille was supposed to go to drama camp this summer, but after her first sexual encounter with an equally inexperienced boy she becomes pregnant. Camille and her friends set off for Mexico and during their road trip there are many obstacles in their way due to the misogyny and backwards mindset of the people she has sought out for help and counsel. Texas was a scary place in 2014, and even more so when it comes to a woman's right to choose. This book also provided practical information I think especially young women in the southwest should hear. Did you know that if you are 17 you can get an abortion in New Mexico without your parents knowing? Now you do!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Latanya (CraftyScribbles)

    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 attit 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 attitudes by men and women supporting said men. However... I mentioned that, in the form of a road trip, Camille's personal decision brings forth a coming of age that's timely, necessary, and honest. Pros 1. Honesty and Objectivity. Weller shares her experience and you can tell as the prose comes from a knowledgeable and nonjudgmental place. What's involved mentally, emotionally, and physically in making such a personal decision finds excellent space. The theme is making a personal decision that fits for the person, and wow, do we need more books like this one. 2. Both Sides Are Represented Through Annabelle and Bea, Camille's Friends via Pro-Choice and Pro-Life arguments). While the book's heavily pro-choice (Yay!), thankfully, the latter's reasonable and respectful. 3. The ending's subtle and sublime. 4. Quick pacing. 5. Short chapters. 6. High tension. Given the subject, it's expected. But, there's high tension as it's a road trip tale and well, things happen. 7. Friendship Matters. Annabelle's amazing. Bea's learning. Regardless of how they feel, they hold Camille upright through this difficult time, thick and thin. 8. Realistic Setting. There's no magic. Tropes do not show to save the day. Obstacles and hurdles display the topic's difficulty, especially in red states. 9. A Likable Main Character. Camille's a teenager who's relatable. There's no Buffy-speak. She does not act like an adult, but a young woman on the verge of a big decision with a need for help and support. 10. Read the Author's Note. Enough said. Cons Honestly, I could not find a single con personally. Read and see for yourself. 4/5 Well-researched. Honest. Objective. Fair.

  13. 4 out of 5

    thi

    4.5/5 - 🗣 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 4.5/5 - 🗣 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 observations on sex education and sex MIS-education - As the author notes; shame is often used as a tactic to control women’s reproductive rights and that isn’t fair - I’d say my only problem was a weird turn near the end of the book before being on track again - A glimpse of what most likely many people go though concerning abortion, It’s poignant, it’s relevant ... too relevant

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Brown

    Every gift is a blessing girl. Nice job Sharon

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    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 bar 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 barely knows from theater. Annabelle is happy to take Camille wherever she needs to go to have an abortion, and with a last minute change of heart, Bea ends up coming along on the road trip. This book is so so important right now (and annoyingly anytime because the problem of men thinking they should control women's bodies and choices apparently will never go away). It's honestly just insane to me how we're in 2019 and we're still debating this. In the US, recently more and more bills have been introduced or passed in various states that exist solely to restrict or ban abortions. I'm not going to go off but the author's note in this book really says it better than I ever could. All of the obstacles Camille has to go through in this book are so heartbreaking, and reading it made me so angry and sad. I don't know if the state of Texas is as much of a hellscape as this book showed me but I sure hope it's getting better over there. I love it when I end up reading a book that gets tagged as feminist but actually is. This book is all about a girl's choice for her own body and life, and also about strong friendship and girls supporting girls. Honestly the friendship and the road trip itself almost made me 5 star this book because I just loved it so much. Camille and Bea's friendship is complicated and they both barely know Annabelle but it turns into such a great trio and their adventures through Texas and around were fun. (I mean not ALL fun because the entire point is for Camille to have an abortion and everyone has baggage but you know.) This book isn't even 250 pages but it packs such a punch, highly recommend.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    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 b 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 breaks for all women who have to go through experiences similar to this, for those who have to go through any kind of abortion experience, and for those who aren't allowed to go through such an experience because of laws barring her from doing so. It's a scary time for women in our world right now, and this book is just one that helps to demonstrate why.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Unicorn

    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 20 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 2019 it is so amazing.

  18. 5 out of 5

    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 st 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 state of Texas for what they put this girl and the thousands of others in her position through. This will make you angry, it will make you think, and it will most likely inspire some action in you that you need to take before it gets better. I just think it was a boring book. Girls on the Verge feels very much like a book written in response to a subject that has a lot of controversy surrounding it. And in my experience, they make great responses by humanizing and exploring what someone must go through, but they don't make for a compelling story. Camille is less of a main character and more of an every girl for someone to see through. See the inequality, the judgement, the shame. And make no mistake, it works but it doesn't help with the story or the character. Camille's defining trait is she wants to be an actor. Annabelle's is that she sort of a rebel. And Bea is that she's religious and Camille's best friend. Of all three characters, Bea is the only one who gets the most development, trying to understand Camille's decision to have an abortion and her own religious upbringing. I liked how Bea isn't villainized for her religion and that it plays a strong part in her character rather then a stand-in villain for the religious pro-life people. However, I do think that Bea is the most extraneous character between the three. In my opinion, I think this should have been a road trip with only Camille and Annabelle, because they didn't know each other. Annabelle drives Camille wherever she needs to go, but they're virtually strangers at the start of the book and I don't feel like they grew that close on a personal level. It seemed like Camille cared so much for Annabelle because of what she was doing for her rather then out of genuine friendship. Having the two of them in the car for long periods of time would have allowed for some chemistry to develop between them as well as a friendship. But because Bea was there, Camille was split between her best friend and Annabelle which prevented the two from connecting. However, I do believe that a Camille and Bea story would also work, with Bea going with her best friend despite her religion because she cares so much for Camille and not because she was jealous of Annabelle. As it stands I don't think the main trio was bad in any way, but I would have preferred if they could have had more time to interact and grow with one another. This is an important book, and one I think should be read by nearly everyone in the US, but I'm hard pressed to call it an enjoyable story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    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 impre 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 impress upon the younger generation how important this is. but honestly people of all ages should read this. it's a very heavy read, and i teared up several times but there are also moments of levity and road trip antics which i always appreciate (ya girl loves a road trip book!). **I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    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 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' Top Ten Book group. I know she is a big fan of the author. She could have kept this for herself. Instead, she chose to share it - to spread the word - to sound the alarm. A brave call-to-action about women's reproductive rights that is already being shared reader-to-reader. Highly recommended.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Giulia

    "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 confused...by myself.) I thoroughly appreciated the message and the educationa "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 confused...by myself.) I thoroughly appreciated the message and the educational aspect present in Girls on the Verge. The three girls were lovely and lively. I gotta admit that I felt a particular connection to Annabelle because I, too, am a hoe for coffee and I cannot function without it. Also, I was a fan of Bea’s character arc and her development. The main character - Camille - was charming but also a little bit vanilla, if I have to be honest. The plot itself was captivating and fast-paced. This was an easy and fast read, and I truly appreciated the sex Ed aspect present in this book. And the unflinching honesty about a topic that is more often than not glossed over. It was a frank and informative coming-of-age story with the always deeply cherished touch of road trip-ness. During the drive, they face problems, misogyny, sexism but also kindness of strangers. And, on top of all this, it was also positively feminist read. Camille, Bea and Annabelle had to listen to the never wanted and definitely never needed opinions of white men – who just wanted to control the girls’ bodies and lives – and how they had to fight for their rights. Really likes the feminist undertones and comments. As Rachel would say: Can I get an AMEN! I really liked how at the beginning of the book there were notes on the abortion laws in Texas, as a non US citizen I did not know about all this and thus I think it is vital to have a book that depicts how hard it can be to find a safe, legal abortion in the USA so that everybody (even people outside of America) has the chance to fully understand. I’m glad I’ve read Girls on the Verge. As I’ve mentioned ad nauseam this was a very educational, progressive, honest and unflinching book, but it also had a touching and important friendship. If I have to be honest, I thought that sometimes it was a bit too heavy handed and a bit preachy, but the message was there, and it was important to share and address. I also particularly liked how the prejudices and judgments were not only one way. Whit that I mean that the girls have to face not only judgments and preconceptions from the outside world but also among themselves. Annabelle and Bea had a few arguments about the latter’s faith and beliefs; same thing happened between Bea and Camille. It was refreshing to see them challenging each other and discuss important topics and not just simply pretend that everything was alright. They called each other out and fought and because of that they felt real and human. But now, lemme address the things that did not convince me that much. Because, in the end, this is still a three stars read. For as much as the message was important, I thought the plot as a whole was a bit overly dramatic, underdeveloped and rushed. To be more precise, I thought this book was going to span during a longer period of time. Or at the very least, this is what the synopsis made me believe. I thought Bea and Camille had a serious fall out, I thought they stopped talking to each other and that they had a huge fight some years past. Instead, yes, they had a fight but it happened something like three days prior the road trip. I thought it was more of a piecing together the relationship kind of sub-plot between the two of them, and I couldn’t help but being disappointed. And that is mainly because I LOVE stories about giving second chances to a friend and rebuilding a friendship by clearing things up. But this was not the case because there was nothing to piece together since nothing got really ugly to begin with. They had an argument about abortion (Bea against, Camille pro) but that was it. It was an important argument, don’t get me wrong, but Camille’s reaction was also very much overly dramatic and a bit childish, in my opinion. Another thing that was overly dramatic was the family issues mentioned in this book (if we can call them that, tbh). It is hinted that both Camille and Bea have a pretty tough environment at home. Bea’s is explained: her parents want her to be the perfect daughter and she feels the pressure. But Camille’s was really underdeveloped. It is hinted that, basically, her family does not love her but…I’d say that that’s a lie. When interactions were shown, they were pretty normal and not problematic, in my opinion. So I truly did not understand from where Camille was coming. That useless drama really bothered me and I couldn’t shake it off. It was also suggested that Annabelle did not really have the perfect family life but it was not developed at all, and that let me down a bit. Also because Annabelle’s character remained a mystery and practically nothing about her persona was unveiled. Which was a pity. Since all these aspects weren’t really specified to begin with, the story in general felt rushed (specifically towards the end, where everything was wrapped up way too quickly) and under-developed. I guess I was expecting a bit more instead it truly was “only” a book about a road trip to go and get an abortion. Nothing more but definitely nothing less. And I say that because I truly believe that Camille’s story is an important one to share and scream from the rooftops. It underlined the fight to find a way to give and obtain the right to decide what happens to one’s own body and one’s life. Camille’s story to educate today’s teens on sex Ed and abortion and to encourage empathy for those who do decide to have an abortion is an important one to share and I am truly, deeply glad I’ve read it. I simply think that my expectations were just a tad bit too high. My fault really, not the book's. I’d highly recommend this as Girls on the Verge truly is a good one, guys. Do pick this up! "Your girlfriends are the most important people you’’ll ever have in your life. You keep hold of them."

  22. 4 out of 5

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    bookafy

    This is an extremely powerful story about friendship, girlpower, coming of age and choosing for yourself. I finished it in one sitting and it is hands down one of the most beautiful stories ever written. Wow. READ THIS.

  24. 5 out of 5

    maya

    i’m crying in a library right now it’s just fucking unfair what a girl has to do to have control over her own body it’s fucking bullshit

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelcy Davis

    I cannot stop raving about this book! I ended up reading it in one sitting because I was so engrossed with it, in part because of how timely it is as more and more states restrict access to safe and legal abortions. The book starts with a quote from Margaret Sanger and then an epigraph listing the events in 2014 in Texas that the characters are dealing with. I loved this strong start on showing how crucial it is for women to have access to legal abortions. The book begins with Camille and Annabel I cannot stop raving about this book! I ended up reading it in one sitting because I was so engrossed with it, in part because of how timely it is as more and more states restrict access to safe and legal abortions. The book starts with a quote from Margaret Sanger and then an epigraph listing the events in 2014 in Texas that the characters are dealing with. I loved this strong start on showing how crucial it is for women to have access to legal abortions. The book begins with Camille and Annabelle, soon joined by Bea, heading towards the border to obtain Cytotec pills for Camille’s abortion. Camille has known since she found out she was pregnant that she wants an abortion and has tried every legal avenue available to her, which we learn through flashbacks as the girls drive. The pharmacist refuses to sell her a pregnancy test because “as a Christian and a father” he isn’t okay with her needing one. The crisis clinic she went to turned out to be a front for a religious group pressuring women to go through with the pregnancy while refusing to provide information on abortions. When she finally made it to Planned Parenthood, she had to go before a judge to receive a legal dispensation to have the procedure without parental approval. The man assigned to her case and the judge decide she’s not mature enough to make this decision without her parents’ involvement. So, Annabelle offers to drive Camille to the border where she can obtain Cytotec, but they’ve got a short window before it will be too late for the pills to work. Meanwhile, Camille and her best friend, Bea, are struggling since Bea disagrees with Camille’s choice. This book is very much about female friendships and female power. These girls are determined to succeed even when every law and man in a position of power wants them to fail. The trio comes together and end up driving all the way to New Mexico. This book does not shy away from discussions of contraception, abortion, bodily autonomy, and the fact that just because you make abortion illegal doesn’t mean you make it go away! I’m getting worked up just thinking about the nonsense happening around the country… Anyway, I think this book is amazing and that every teenager should read it purely from the standpoint of realizing that they own their bodies, no one else has a claim to them. I love how Bea doesn’t abandon her beliefs but comes stands by her friend in her time of need. And I love that Camille and Annabelle form a solid friendship through this ordeal. Go read the book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Neville Longbottom

    3.5 - This is a very timely book to be reading, considering recent abortion legislation in the state of Georgia. Girls on the Verge follows the story of Camille, a teenager who is trying to get an abortion in a time in Texas when the services are severely limited. With the help of two friends, she sets out to drive hundreds of miles to be able to choose what happens to her own body. I LOVED the premise of this book. Abortion isn’t a topic that is typically covered in YA so I think that this stor 3.5 - This is a very timely book to be reading, considering recent abortion legislation in the state of Georgia. Girls on the Verge follows the story of Camille, a teenager who is trying to get an abortion in a time in Texas when the services are severely limited. With the help of two friends, she sets out to drive hundreds of miles to be able to choose what happens to her own body. I LOVED the premise of this book. Abortion isn’t a topic that is typically covered in YA so I think that this story is so important. However, I think the characters were underdeveloped and some of the situations in the book are a little far fetched. At times this seemed like an “issue book” that was more concerned with getting across important facts about reproductive health and the right for someone to choose what happens to their own body than creating fully realized characters. I think I’ll remember the messages of this book way more than I’ll remember anything specific about the characters. Also, no spoilers, but I wanted a little bit more from the ending scene of the book. I get that it stopped where it did to have a dramatic impact, but I was really interested to see how it would play out. This is such a short book, only 221 pages, and I just feel like if it was a little bit longer and spend more time fleshing out the characters it could’ve been amazing. Oh well… I’d still recommend trying out this book since it does cover an extremely important topic. I really wanted to love this, a pro choice YA road trip novel just sounds awesome, but unfortunately some aspects of the book fell flat for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This is important. 4.5 Stars This is one of those books that disguises itself as a quick and witty read while at the same time being hard to get through with some very real realities. This is a story more people need to read, to open their eyes to both sides of the argument, and gain understanding of a person's choice. With that said, I went into this already with firm belief of women having the right to choose what they want to do with their body. But reading this, reading the god awful crap so This is important. 4.5 Stars This is one of those books that disguises itself as a quick and witty read while at the same time being hard to get through with some very real realities. This is a story more people need to read, to open their eyes to both sides of the argument, and gain understanding of a person's choice. With that said, I went into this already with firm belief of women having the right to choose what they want to do with their body. But reading this, reading the god awful crap some women have to go through, just further cemented my stance. This book, and many others, poses the bigger question of why a government has the power and authority over women's bodies. Unfortunately, this is still a hot button issue in the United States and around the world. The dynamic between the three girls, each giving different points of view on the abortion issue, really widens the eyes of what people on the opposite end of the pro-choice spectrum believe. I'm not here to bash those people's beliefs and opinions, but I firmly disagree with them. This book made cry, because I felt helpless with Camille. She was lost and confused. She felt alone, even with friends by her side. Bits of this were a little boring and unrealistic, hence the half star knock down. Overall this was great, and IMPORTANT.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joelie

    I have so many feeling over this book. Its only just over 200 pages and I feel like 150 of them made me angry with society in some way. It makes me feel very lucky to live where I live. This story is a heartbreaking account of a girl feeling like she has very few people she can trust and rely on while she goes through something she can't explain but knows is the right choice FOR HER! There where many moments in this book that had me questioning society in general. For example; she is not manure I have so many feeling over this book. Its only just over 200 pages and I feel like 150 of them made me angry with society in some way. It makes me feel very lucky to live where I live. This story is a heartbreaking account of a girl feeling like she has very few people she can trust and rely on while she goes through something she can't explain but knows is the right choice FOR HER! There where many moments in this book that had me questioning society in general. For example; she is not manure enough to make the decision to keep the child or abort it but she is mature enough to go through a pregnancy and either keep the child or put it up for adoption. That sentence massively contradicts itself. I dont understand why men are allowed to make decisions that decide the future of a person from a situation they can't ever be in! And don't get me started on religion and people using God as their argument to stop someone from making a decision! This was brilliant!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katy Alice (The Girl in the Garret)

    This is an important book. I try to write reviews using appeals, but I can’t for this one. This is not just a road trip book, it’s not just a female friendship book, it’s not just an abortion book. It’s a book that finds a clever and skillful way of shining a light on the hardships that even women of privilege can face when seeking to exert control over their own bodies. ‘Girls on the Verge’ covers, through its characters’ frank discussion, topics ranging from what girls aren’t taught in sex ed This is an important book. I try to write reviews using appeals, but I can’t for this one. This is not just a road trip book, it’s not just a female friendship book, it’s not just an abortion book. It’s a book that finds a clever and skillful way of shining a light on the hardships that even women of privilege can face when seeking to exert control over their own bodies. ‘Girls on the Verge’ covers, through its characters’ frank discussion, topics ranging from what girls aren’t taught in sex ed to the misinformation spread by “well meaning” individuals to the important realities of what the real process of seeking to terminate a pregnancy looks like all while giving us a narrative about women helping each other in a difficult situation. I hope this book finds its way into the hands of the girls who need it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maile

    Oh my God I loved this. Everything about this was wonderful. Camille's story was powerful (as well as the Author's Note; please read that!) I loved her and her thoughts, Annabelle was amazing, and Bea was truly trying to be the best friend she could be under her circumstances and I applaud her for that. I 100% think that everyone should read this book, because it discusses so many things that are not talked about. Give this book a chance!!!!

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