Book Review by Aarene Storms: Aftercare Instructions

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

17-year-old Genesis Johnson walks out into the waiting room at the Planned Parenthood clinic and discovers that Peter, her boyfriend and one true love, is gone. Cramping and bleeding after the abortion she has just endured, Gen can't believe he has abandoned her. But he isn't waiting for her, and he won't answer her calls or texts. What else could it mean?

Events are revealed in alternating formats: the present day episodes are a straightforward narration, but flashbacks to the past are written as a stage play starring Gen, Peter, and a few important supporting characters. The details revealed build a story that will surprise readers almost as much as it surprises Genesis herself.

The chapters are titled with excerpts from the aftercare instructions booklet provided by the abortion clinic, which serves as an anchor point for the story and also offers insight into events as they unfold.

Recommended for readers ages 14 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Anonymous,  July 8, 2018 at 7:02 PM  

And this is why we love our libraries!

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