Girls on the Verge
Author Sharon Biggs Waller
Publisher Simon & Schuster | 2019
contemporary | feminist lit
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. (from Goodreads)
This review is spoiler-freeeee! 🙂
I almost don’t want to include a rating for this. I wish I could give this five stars for the message alone, but alas, this ended up being an pretty average read for me overall. I have been looking forward to this book for months, and though I was able to finish it in one sitting, I wasn’t too into the plot or characters. However-
Before I get to the aspects that didn’t work so well for me, I want to stress that I still think this book is important. It is FULL of valuable details about abortion laws and sex education that I very rarely see written about in books like this. Reading about some of Camille’s experiences was horrifying, and it was even more shocking to realize that women are dealing with these issues every single day. I’d never even known about the fake “crisis centers” and that was absolutely appalling to me. So many people in this book said stupid things that made me want to tear my hair out, and it further highlights the issues that this book discusses. I’m writing this review right after having finished reading it and I’m just… a little shell-shocked. I can’t believe this is even a topic that is up for discussion. No one on this planet should be able to dictate what anyone else does with their body. No law should prevent someone from ending an unwanted pregnancy. Reproductive laws are one of the most pressing topics in women’s issues today and reading about the trials Camille has to go through in order to change something about HER OWN BODY really affected me. I’ll admit that I haven’t been as informed and active in politics as I’d like to be. I get all my news from Twitter, so I only see the trending headlines. But reading this book has made me want to get involved and help; at least to know the laws that are being passed that affect my life and the lives of other women. If anyone could point me in directions where I could learn more about important women’s issues, please let me know!
After writing all of that, I don’t even really want to talk about what I didn’t like because I don’t think it matters in the scope of this, so I’ll keep it brief. Both Bea and Annabelle annoyed me at times, and though their friendship was heartwarming, nothing really happened in terms of plot. But honestly, I don’t even care. This book is important. It discusses real social issues that I think everyone should know more about, and I’m really happy I read it. TLDR; this book is great, don’t let men (or politicians or judges or ANYONE) decide what happens to womens’ bodies, thank you
Trigger warning: abortion