- Hardcover: 356 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books (27 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250114846
- ISBN-13: 978-1250114846
- ASIN: 1250114845
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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"This sharp, complex narrative is a coming-of-age novel that will feel especially resonant for women in the lens of 2017."
"Sensitive, big hearted, engrossing...packs a big emotional punch."
"An incredibly honest and empathetic debut."
"A new voice in contemporary fiction introduces a cast of characters and a story line that will stick with readers long after they are done. Purchase where contemporary YA fiction authors like Rainbow Rowell and John Green are popular."
--School Library Journal
"Important subject matter, fierce writing. Pipkin stole my heart with this book."
--A.S. King, Printz Honor-winning author of Still Life with Tornado
"With Aftercare Instructions, Bonnie Pipkin offers a mighty, innovative, and (often painfully) real debut. Its construction--the present day in prose, the backstory in screenplay--amps up the ticking clock, making it nearly impossible to put down. Readers may experience joy, heartache, and everything in between."
--David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland
"Aftercare Instructions is an illuminating, beautiful portrait of a brave and troubled girl with a brave, brave heart. Moving, authentic, timely."
--Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
"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, critically acclaimed author of Girls on Fire
"Bonnie Pipkin presents more than a novel, but a confident and exciting writing career."
--New York Times bestselling and three-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia
"With quiet, subtle power, Bonnie Pipkin does not shy away from portraying the harsh realities of what can happen in the aftermath of a hard decision. Aftercare Instructions is a heart wrenching story that will touch and resonate with so many young adult readers."
--Printz Award winner and National Book Award Finalist An Na
"Do I have any criticisms? None."
--Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner Tim Wynne-Jones
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Where did things go wrong between Genesis and Peter and how can she go forward when so much unresolved pain of the past is holding her back? Genesis can't fully control her emotions, she questions old friends and family and she makes new friends in a time when that might not seem to be the best idea. Will she eventually survive the traumatic experiences that keep piling up and can she trust on her best friend and cousin to pull her through?
Aftercare Instructions is a fantastic emotional story. Genesis is a strong girl with plenty of talent, but her life is often tough. When she finally thinks she's found safety with someone he abandons her at the worst possible moment. My heart ached for everything Genesis is going through. I had tears in my eyes when I read her story and admired her determination to keep going. She might mess up from time to time, but she does the best she can. She slowly has to learn she can trust people and that she isn't completely on her own, which is a beautiful process to witness.
Bonnie Pipkin combines regular chapters with flashbacks about Genesis and Peter in the form of a play. I absolutely loved that. It makes the story dynamic and it paints a very good picture of what's going on between them and what went wrong. I'm a big fan of the theater and I really enjoyed this aspect of the story. Aftercare Instructions is an incredible compelling and poignant book. I was impressed by the rawness and openness of it. I was also blown away by the writing and the thought-provoking subject is fantastic. I can't praise this story enough, it's absolutely brilliant and I highly recommend it.
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