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Aftercare Instructions Paperback – 3 May 2018
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'A laudable debut. Young Adults? You're in for a treat'
'Moving, authentic, timely'--Kathleen Glasgow
'Nearly impossible to put down. Readers many experience joy, heartache, and everything in between'--David Arnold
'A raw, riveting story of love and family and the strength to stay standing when both begin to crumble. Bonnie Pipkin never flinches, and the result is a novel as powerful as it is essential'.
'Aftercare Instructions is a heart wrenching story that will touch and resonate with so many young adult readers'.--National Book Award Finalist An Na
'Aftercare Instructions is a heart wrenching story that will touch and resonate with so many young adult readers'. --National Book Award Finalist An Na
'A raw, riveting story of love and family and the strength to stay standing when both begin to crumble. Bonnie Pipkin never flinches, and the result is a novel as powerful as it is essential'. --Robin Wasserman
About the Author
Originally from California, Bonnie now lives in Brooklyn. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, teaches literature courses at Kean University, officiates weddings, and looks after a very cute cat. Aftercare Instructions is Bonnie’s first novel.See all Product description
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Title: Aftercare Instructions
Author: Bonnie Pipkin
Genre: YA/Coming of Age
Review: The opening of Aftercare Instructions was, we are introduced to Gen who is heading for an abortion when her boyfriend Peter abandons her outside and she has to cope with the aftermath alone. We then flashback to a scene where Gen and her best friend Rose are hanging out after the death of her father and they mention Peter who seems to be a good Christian boy before the pregnancy and Gen has a crush on him, but we aren’t sure how he goes from that boy to the one that abandon his pregnant girlfriend at Planned Parenthood.
As we jump back and forth between past and present it was interesting to see the changes Gen has gone through in such a short space of time. We learn of Gen’s home life as how she and Peter came to be a couple despite coming from completely different social circles although they do share the common hobby of reading. Peter obviously starts a seemingly nice guy from a good home which Gen is a quiet girl with tons of emotional baggage, but Peter has abandoned her not only at the clinic, but it also seems like he is dumping her as when she arrives at his house the following day he is out with Vanessa, a girl who obviously liked him romantically and after ditching his pregnant girlfriend at an abortion clinic it doesn’t look good for him. However, Gen isn’t dealing with this very well and she isn’t sure how to talk about it or process her own emotions.
When she finally gets hold of Peter he refuses to give her any sort of explanation and hangs up, Gen is response goes out and gets drunk but not before meeting Seth and ends up going back to his place before her sister, Rose and Will drag her away but I have a feeling the mysterious Seth might be good for Gen given the situation she is in right now and he might help her get her life back on track after Peter shoved it violently off course.
As we cross into the second half of the novel, Gen isn’t sure where her life is going but she is drawn to Seth and spends more time with him than anyone else. It does come to light though that Vanessa was lying about being with Peter and that he isn’t seeing anyone else. Gen slowly begins to move on and we learn that the abortion wasn’t Peter’s idea but Gen’s as she wasn’t ready to have a baby and she wasn’t going to be pressured into keeping it by Peter’s religious mother who bans him from seeing her because of what she did.
In the end Peter and Gen truly go their separate ways but I can see a true relationship budding between Seth and Gen as he helps her get back into theatre, something she and her father shared before his death and although her mother ends up back in the psych ward she finally feels ok for the first time in a while and it is all thanks to Seth who opens her eyes letting her know she is still alive and kicking and needs to move on with all her being. And she does, she takes the leap and I hope it pays off, however, the novel ends here and despite all the darker themes I was smiling from ear to ear and Gen goes on such a long journey in such a small number of pages.
In Pipkin’s novel the answer is most definitely no. You see Genesis was no ordinary teenager. Her Mum suffers serious mental health issues, her father is dead, dying from a heroin overdose when she was very young and her younger sister resides with their Grandparents. Like so many teenagers today, Genesis is a carer, the parent rather than the child.
This is where Pipkin’s novel excels taking us to the very heart of Genesis. Her raw emotions as she stumbles out of the clinic leapt from the page, and I couldn’t help but feel my heartstrings being tugged at the utter desperation she felt at Peter’s abandonment.
As the reader I wanted to know how she got into this state and how or if she ever recovered. Told in alternating chapters we had the present and in the other, a play script narrated the events that led up to the abortion. At once you could see both sides of Genesis’s character. The past, a happy Genesis discovering love for the first time, the present the harrowing struggles of a young teen. Her emotions and inner psyche are laid bare, the rawness shone through and Pipkin took me on a veritable emotional rollercoaster. The immense and uncensored detail were at times unsettling to read but totally in context, and extremely powerful and effective. Yet, it wasn’t all doom and gloom and Pipkin brilliantly balanced the utter depths of despair with glimmers of hope and renewal.
Genesis was supported by a veritable cast of characters that I both loved and disliked. Peter, the boyfriend was just hopeless and I really didn’t like him, finding him spineless and cowardly. I’m not really sure what I thought about Genesis’s Mum and her struggles with mental illness. Part of me felt huge empathy, another part felt frustrated that she was unable to support her daughter and to simply be her Mum and I am guessing this is how the author wanted me to feel.
Other characters play their part, in particular Seth who I loved for his boundless energy and positivity. I loved the way in which Pipkin used him as a means to show Genesis the possibilities that lay ahead for her, and accepted her for who she was, never expecting more than she was prepared to give.
The imagery and myriad descriptions are brilliant, both evocative and raw. The themes covered are presented in a realistic and non sensationalist manner, and would not be out of place in some teens life anywhere in the world. Classed as YA, I would certainly recommend to the older teens who visit my local library and its contemporary feel make it an excellent crossover novel.
It is is novel that will stay with me for a long time and I am so glad I took the plunge back into the YA genre.
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