Review: Aftercare Instructions – Bonnie Pipkin

I received a review copy of this through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

I was actually quite disappointed by this one. I felt like I expected more from it, especially with it dealing with more serious subjects such as abortion right from the start.

The reason I don’t read much YA any more is the way that everything is glazed over and ignored. I feel like Aftercare Instructions had the chance to be a really good, deep novel about an issue that rarely makes it into YA, but in reality, it brushed over it.

I need to point out I only made it 1/3 of the way through before giving up.

Everything seemed to happen slowly and the narration seemed too whiney to be realistic. The main character, Gen is unlikable and annoying. Within the first 1/3 of the book her character is barely built and does nothing other than complain.

The plot didn’t move, and when nothing happens and I’m that far into the book, I know it’s time to give up.

The book is set out with alternating chapters being in a script format laying out the backstory of the characters. The first YA book I read with this format was cute. The second – fun. But when I’ve now read countless YAs set out in this format, it’s much less quirky and now seems a bit like it’s something to do to fill the pages without adding a decent description or trying to set a scene. It’s a space filler and it just ruins YAs for me.

I always hate DNF-ing books from Netgalley, especially ones by new authors but I just felt like this one could have been a lot more than it was, and it just seemed too much like the stereotypical YA I want to avoid reading and that I wish wasn’t taking over the genre lately.

Even though I didn’t like Aftercare Instructions, it’s still a highly rated YA novel that may be more your sort of thing. Check out more reviews on Amazon here or buy it.

Rating: 📚
Genre: YA
Started Reading: 02/05/2018
Finished Reading: DNF

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