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By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Road-trip-to-abortion tale is touching comedy of errors.

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age 15+

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age 15+

Preposterous sitcom-like treatment about a tragic situation

This is a ridiculous treatment of a serious subject, with a string of "adventures" that is a pretty shallow treatment of a very deep and complex problem for a teenager to have. Not to mention that teenage relationships seldom survive this decision. I had an abortion in the 70s, when I was 18 and a junior in college. I knew that was the choice I would make from the get-go. I have never actually regretted the decision, and I have known several young women who shared their similar experiences with me. I knew that my parents, and probably his, would have pressed us into marriage. I knew this would be disastrous. I lived, at the time, in of all places, Columbia, Mo. I know the state has become ridiculously more redneck about this in recent days, but the business of having to travel 2,000 miles to get a legal abortion without parental consent is a lame contrivance, not to mention all these things happening in a long weekend. I have never had any doubt that I was protecting the family that I wanted to have when I was more of an adult. I consider abortion a religious freedom issue--if it's against your religion, you are free not to have one. And if my faith has a different view than yours, I should be free to exercise a different faith without interference from yours. The procedure itself is treated almost like the protagonist is getting a mole removed. Regardless of the circumstances, it's not something you do casually, and I think this is a ridiculous treatment for something this tragic.

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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.

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