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Aftercare Instructions

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'A laudable debut. Young Adults? You’re in for a treat' Nudge Books

Troubled. That’s seventeen-year-old Gen according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter, until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate a pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything.

As Gen pushes herself forward to find her new identity without Peter, the flimsy story of their undying love begins to unravel. But it’s when Gen lets go of her past, the one she thinks she knows, that she’s able to embrace the complicated, chaotic true story of her life.

What Reviewers and Readers Say:

'Moving, authentic, timely,' Kathleen Glasgow

'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

'Aftercare Instructions is a heart wrenching story that will touch and resonate with so many young adult readers'. National Book Award Finalist An Na

'Nearly impossible to put down. Readers many experience joy, heartache, and everything in between.' David Arnold


PREPARATION

 A Few Things They Tell You: 

•No food or drink for six hours prior to appointment time. 
•If you receive the IV conscious sedation, make sure to secure a ride home or have an escort for public transportation. 
•Dress in loose, comfortable clothing, with socks and flat shoes. Bring an extra pair of underwear and a sweater or sweatshirt. 
•Bring picture identification and your insurance card if you are planning to use insurance. Payment is collected in full at the time of the visit.
 •One, and only one, escort may accompany you to the health center. Your escort will be asked to wait in the designated waiting room, and will not be allowed into the medical center with you. 

The Thing I Wish I’d Known: 

•I love you doesn’t come with any guarantees. 

CHOICES 

Sometimes you make a choice that can save your life. You might make your choice for one reason, before the real reason even becomes clear. Like this morning when I refused the sedation. The reason was because I wanted to feel it. I wanted to feel my choice as it left my body. I didn’t know it would actually make all the difference in the world when my one, and only one, escort bailed mid-procedure, and I found out by walking into the waiting room, scanning a sea of hopeful eyes, and finding absolutely nowhere safe or familiar to land. In that moment, I was thrown into the deep, deep water. And in the deep, deep water, there is no way to breathe. 
  Yet somehow, something propels you forward. Survival mode, I think it’s called. 
  You can do this. Just get yourself to Port Authority. You’ve done this before, when Rose wanted to shop for stupid dance dresses in SoHo. You’ve done this when you’ve gone to visit Delilah. You can get yourself home. To get back, you have to move forward. Just move forward. 
  I cross the street and stop. Pull out my phone and find the screen black. Blank. I squeeze it like I could force out a text message from Peter. A text telling me he will be right back for me. That he just had to go get something real quick, some city errand he wanted to take the opportunity to do, and that he’s so sorry it seemed any other way. And that he loves me. And that maybe one day we’ll be ready, but we made the right choice for right now. And that he’s here for me no matter what. No matter that our lives are so different, and no matter that I don’t have anyone offering me guidance. That he’s here for me while I figure this shit out.
   But nothing appears.

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Published 03 May 2018
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EAN13 9781787198821
Language English

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