Girls on the Verge

Girls on the Verge

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...

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Girls on the Verge Reviews

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    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

    is exactly what we needed to see burst

    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

    is exactly what we needed to see burst onto the scene, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

    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

    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

    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

    and hope that it gets the attention it deserves. ♥

  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)

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

  • 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.

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

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

  • 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.

  • 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 that society tells teenage girls that they aren't mature enough to make a decision about

    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 that society tells teenage girls that they aren't mature enough to make a decision about

    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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • preoccupiedbybooks

    I loved this audiobook! It was really engaging from the word go. I could tell that it was based on actual facts, and

    explained it all in the author's note at the end. She also listed organisations and their contact details to help you if you are in a similar situation to Camille.

    The characters were so authentic and real. I loved Camille and so wanted to reach out and help her! I loved the friendships that were formed and cemented with Annabelle and Bea during the road trip. Despite the heavy and sensitive topic, the book was fun, and had girls supporting each other despite their differences! Yess! 🙌The girls were so funny and adorable, I just wanted to protect them all! I applaud

    for nailing such an important issue, whilst still creating such a great story! 👍 👍 👍

    However, I hated the judgement that Camille faced. The revolting attitudes. It made me so angry, disgusted and sad!

    Now I'm not American. I live in the UK. We have a wide range of contraceptives available from multiple places here.

    I do like how

    discussed that birth control is not 100% effective, but the truth is, if contraceptives are freely available, then there is less unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. In the book, Camille had to order condoms online. The pregnancy tests were locked up, needing the pharmacist's permission to buy! That's crazy! I remember seeing condoms locked up in glass cases when I visited the USA and thought WTAF?!! That's going to be off-putting to so many people!

    The reason that this book attracted my attention, is because of all the law changes currently happening to do with women's body and sexual health in the USA. Yes it has even made it onto our news over here! In the UK abortion is legal everywhere except in NI. The abortion act in 1967 made it possible to legally have an abortion up to 23 weeks and 6 days into a pregnancy, and only beyond that for medical reasons.

    In this country, you can get an abortion in 3 different ways. You can contact an abortion provider directly, get a referral through you doctor, or go to a family planning/contraception/sexual health clinic. The whole process will not take more than 2 weeks from your initial appointment up until your abortion. That is why I found this book so shocking! The things that Camille had to go through to get to the point of driving to the border for an abortion were appalling! I hate to think of anyone going through any of that, let alone a young girl. Imagine if that were your daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter or friend? The current US laws on abortion seem to moving and changing so quickly. This book was based on Texas in 2014, but since then Alabama has introduced ridiculous laws so obviously made by men, who do not understand pregnancy!

    Bottom line, is that a woman should be able to decide what she does with her body, and I cannot believe we are still having this conversation in 2019! Why are women still having to march for the rights to their own bodies in the 21st century?!! I understand that people have their own so called pro-life opinions on this matter, but do they have to shove it down other people's throats? The people who stand outside planned parenthood are deplorable. As if women who are going there aren't going through enough. Abortion isn't a decision that people make lightly, and no one knows what other people have been or are going through! Frankly it's no one else's business!

    In

    Camille was spoken to, and treated so badly. She was harshly judged, slut shamed and had no rights. The protesters, fake clinics, and the people in positions of power giving incorrect facts about pregnancy and abortion made me sick. It truly made me angry and so so very sad for her. Nevertheless, this book was empowering, full of hope and had a wonderful ending, and I'm so glad I read it! Camille was such a strong and determined young lady!Young people should definitely read this. In fact everyone should. We need to be talking more about sex, birth control, abortion, and shouldn't be shaming people.

    (Brad Meltzer)

  • 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.

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