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Review: Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan

wp-1578159886745.jpgAuthor: Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan

Genre: YA Contemporary

Published by: Chicken House

Publication date: 02/01/20

Pages: 336

My rating: ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Veronica is top of her class – and somehow she’s found herself gazing in disbelief at a positive pregnancy test. Even worse, her ex-best friend and the high school’s legendary malcontent, Bailey, is the only one there to help. In this warm and darkly funny road trip story, Veronica and Bailey drive a thousand miles to an out-of-state abortion clinic – rediscovering their friendship in the process.

Trigger warning:

  • Stalking
  • Abortion
  • Birth control sabotage

Read this book, seriously, read it. I should probably point out now that if you’re anti abortion, this isn’t the book for you. When I asked to review this I knew the basic premise, I didn’t know it was meant to be funny, I love funny contemporary! You wouldn’t think that combination would work, it does though and is done brilliantly! Unpregnant covered a lot of important issues throughout the book.

Veronica is the perfect straight A student with a popular boyfriend and on her way to securing valedictorian when she finds out she’s pregnant. Can’t get any worse, right? Ex best friend Bailey walks in at that exact moment. It gets even worse, the only way to get an abortion without her parents knowing is to drive to an out-of-state clinic in Albuquerque. After a disastrous chat with her boyfriend, Kevin, Veronica asks the only person she can for help, Bailey. What follows is a thousand mile road trip full of funny, heartwarming, chaotic and life changing moments.

The next paragraph includes spoilers, feel to scroll past if you want to avoid them.

It’s not all laughs though and definitely raises some questions about access to services like abortions, birth control sabotage and stalking. the book doesn’t heavily focus on the dark aspects of these things, it still gets you thinking though. There’s no one way to deal with these things when they happen, people don’t always deal with them in a constructive way either and I think this was shown at times. I also thought the stalking element was interesting, It’s so easy to excuse things when it’s someone you love and thought you knew. I’ll leave the serious stuff here because I could go on for awhile.

Spoilers end here.

I love Bailey, I think we should all be a little more Bailey. Watching the friendship between Veronica and Bailey bloom again was one of my favourite things while reading, it was rocky, it didn’t just happen overnight. It was definitely heartwarming though and something a lot of people can relate to. I thought the character development was brilliantly written, though I would have liked a little more anger aimed at Kevin. What he did was disgusting and I feel like he got let off the hook a little at the end. Overall I really enjoyed it.

Unpregnant will have you laughing, crying and raging throughout. I definitely recommend reading it, I can’t wait to read the next book and watch the movie adaptation.

Buy from: Waterstones

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