Thelma and Louise meets John Hughes in this fresh, social justice themed YA debut about a girl who must drive over nine hundred miles with her ex-best friend to obtain a legal abortion.
Seventeen-year-old Veronica Clarke never thought she'd want to fail a test-that is, until she finds herself holding a thick piece of plastic and staring at two solid pink lines. How her boyfriend managed to get her pregnant, even with the most consistent use of condoms, is a mystery-but with a promising college-bound future now disappearing before her eyes, Veronica considers a decision she never imagined she'd have to make: an abortion.
There's just one catch-the closest place to legally get one is over nine hundred miles away in New Mexico, and Veronica doesn't have a car. Desperate, she turns to the only person she believes won't judge her: Bailey Butler, Jefferson High's own little black cloud of anger and snark; the subject of countless urban legends; the terror of the football team-and Veronica's ex-best friend.
The plan is straightforward: a fourteen-hour drive to the clinic, three hours for the appointment, and a fourteen-hour drive home. What could go wrong? Not much, apart from three days of stolen cars, shotguns, crazed ex-boyfriends, kind-hearted truck stop strippers, ferretnapping, and aliens. Plus, the pain and betrayal of a broken friendship that can't be outrun, even when speeding down a highway at ninety miles an hour. Soon, Veronica must risk everything to repair the hurt she's caused. Under the vast starlit skies of the American Southwest, Veronica and Bailey discover the road to adulthood isn't easy-but it's better with a friend by your side.
Poignant, funny, and arresting, this coming-of-age adventure will have readers addicted, and has the power to change hearts and minds and start important conversations. Lerner Publishing Group Fall 2019 Trade Catalog
Age Range: From 14 to 0
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen, September 2019
Product Dimensions: 8.3 L × 5.5 W × 1.1 H
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