This touching road-trip tale of a girl seeking an abortion takes a lighthearted approach to some tough topics. The authors of Unpregnant, Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan, mostly succeed in setting serious topics such as unwanted pregnancy, abortion, trust, broken friendships, and high school stress in a comedic setting. The end result is a mostly fun but shallow take on these issues. The road-trip aspect of the story is enjoyable. It has lots of twists, turns, dangers, and laughs while also giving Veronica and Bailey time together to work out their problems. The two are stereotypical good-girl and social-outcast characters. Veronica is the perfect, pretty, high-achiever, and Bailey is the odd, friendless, scary kid at school. Veronica's story highlights the problem with working so hard to keep up appearances. She's actually lonely and isolated because she thinks sharing her problems will tarnish her perfect image. Bailey's story shows how some people choose to isolate themselves socially because they're afraid of getting hurt. Both characters have good emotional development throughout the book.
However, issues of teen pregnancy and abortion -- the book's main plot point -- isn't discussed in the depth it could have been. Veronica does confront her Christian upbringing and previous thoughts on abortion, but the girls' friendship is more central to the story. Even though most of the book's topics are handled well by the authors, the behavior of Veronica's boyfriend is an exception. His actions are played for laughs too many times, when in real life he could be considered dangerous.