Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

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 her best friend, Bea, doesn’t agree with the decision Camille has ma...


Details Girls on the Verge

TitleGirls on the Verge
Author
Release DateApr 9th, 2019
PublisherSimon & Schuster
LanguageEnglish
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Feminism, Fiction
Rating

Reviews Girls on the Verge

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2019-02-14
    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.
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    2019-04-05
    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...
  • Lola
    2019-06-16
    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 ...
  • preoccupiedbybooks
    2019-06-26
    An important, timely and well written story about a woman's right to chooseIMPORTANT NOTE: I AM EXTREMELY PRO-CHOICE AND MY REVIEW REFLECTS THIS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE THEN PLEASE STOP READING, AND DO NOT COMMENT.Camille, a teenager living in Texas found out that she was pregnant on the same night that she found out that she had got into an amazing theatre programme. She couldn't tell her parents, her best friend reacted badly to the news, so she h...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    2019-05-14
    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...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    2019-02-13
    4.5 stars. WOW; this is such a necessary book.
  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    2019-02-13
    4.5 stars. I’m so glad this book exists.
  • K.
    2019-04-29
    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 a...
  • Dylan
    2019-02-26
    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 a...
  • Audrey Laurey
    2019-05-16
    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 ...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    2019-04-10
    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....
  • dani
    2019-06-29
    i've always been pro-choice and i always will be.reading stories about women making that difficult choice, i really cannot help but admire them. you have to be brave and strong because it's not an easy decision, it's something that will change you forever.i truly loved that she had great friends along the way, support it's needed all the time and even more in these situations.for me, it fills me reading stories like this and i'll finish the revie...
  • Menna♡
    2019-06-29
    This book is brilliant, it is a beautiful combination between fun and necessary. It had moments that made me grin and moments that made me angry beyond belief.this book talks about the fact that women should have the right to choose what to do with their bodies. I think it handles that topic splendidly.It shows the struggles and the horrible things women go through daily to be able to do something or because they made a choice that some people do...
  • thi
    2019-05-29
    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 🤦🏻...
  • Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
    2019-05-27
    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 in...
  • Jenny Brown
    2019-05-03
    Every gift is a blessing girl. Nice job Sharon
  • Max Baker
    2018-11-29
    Thank You Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis 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...
  • Jaye Berry
    2019-05-12
    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,...
  • Sasha
    2019-05-19
    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 shami...
  • Unicorn
    2019-04-21
    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...
  • Christy
    2019-03-26
    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 t...
  • Karen
    2018-09-01
    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 ...
  • Giulia
    2019-04-15
    "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 mysel...
  • bookafy
    2019-04-29
    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.
  • Christie
    2019-06-24
    Loved these girls 💕 Touching story written with care, facts and sensitivity.
  • Kelcy Davis
    2019-05-15
    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 ...
  • Neville Longbottom
    2019-05-11
    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 ...