Camille is pregnant. #fml She knows she doesn’t want it, but living in Texas, it is not easy to get an abortion. So she sets out on a road trip with her pro-life bestie Bea and Annabelle, the local star actress who is wiser and more experienced than the two high school juniors. Black market raids, dwindling cash, exhaustion, and arrest turn what should be a simple, five-minute procedure into a week-long ordeal.
Sharon Biggs Walker explains in an author’s note that she had an abortion in 1990, and the experience was much different from today. However, with the continuing tightening of the noose around women’s choice, she felt it imperative to share Camille’s story to educate today’s teens on sex ed and abortion and to encourage empathy for those who do decide to have an abortion.
This is not an easy "beach read" of a book. I 100% agree with Walker's reasoning for writing Girls, but it is one that has to be read with your full attention.