I do not think I can say enough great things about this book. I do not think I can quantify how much I loved it. Aftercare Instructions is the story of Genesis Johnson, who is a senior in high school. Her father has died of a heroin overdose – which the entire school has found about. Her mother is not recovering from her father’s death. Her sister lives with her mom’s religious parents. Her life is her best friend, Rose, and her boyfriend, Peter, whose mother us uber religious and uber judgmental.
The book opens with Genesis getting an abortion in New York City and being left there by Peter. She is struggling with everything in her life. Peter’s disappearance is worsened by the fact that he isn’t talking to her. Her ex-best friend, Vanessa, likes Peter and leads Genesis to believe that Peter left Gen for Vanessa. There is a fight. There is a suspension. There is adventure. There is drama.
What made this book so great to me was Genesis’ voice. She is strong, but vulnerable. She is tough, but has a soft heart. She misses her father, but knows she has to function for her mother’s sake. She is an old soul, with a teenager’s view of love. She is quick and witty and sarcastic. Most importantly to me, she is real. Very, very real. Bonnie Pipkin did such a fantastic job developing all of her characters in this book. Even the two dimensional characters pop off the page and come to life.
Don’t read any more of my gushing about this book. Just get it and read it. You will love it.
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