Addie has always known what she was running toward. In cross-country, in life, in love. Until she and her boyfriend—her sensitive, good-guy boyfriend—are careless one night and she ends up pregnant. Addie makes the difficult choice to have an abortion. And after that—even though she knows it was the right decision for her—nothing is the same anymore. She doesn’t want anyone besides her parents and her boyfriend to know what happened; she doesn’t want to run cross-country; she can’t bring herself to be excited about anything. Until she reconnects with Juliana, a former teammate who’s going through her own dark places.
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This book was a fast read. I think I finished it for about an hour or two since it was written in verse form. I haven’t read that much books written in verses but I always find them fascinating.
I love how this book tackled issues on religion, sexuality and reproductive health choice. The book was able to execute these issues properly which makes it really great, because in a way it doesn’t trivialize any of these aspects. If any, the book shows how important these issues are especially when it comes to communication both with friends and family.
The book was fast-paced as expected but it has a consistent story-telling. I also liked the witty poems Addie has written. However, since the story was written in verse-form, the depth of the characters weren’t emphasized. If felt like I was only skimming the surface of their personalities and I wanted more because they showed great potential.
I also felt like the ending was abrupt and I felt meh about it. But it was great to see Addie’s personal journey. I also liked how her parents were supportive of her personal decisions.
Overall, this book was an enjoyable, quick read. It’s also a good coming of age book, feminist and subversive as it may seem but it’s a great book for girls who struggle with their life choices, to help them navigate their way through life.