Out of the mouths of teens come a most succinct and unabashed argument for reproductive rights.
Stevenson offers the argument from
the book’s main character, 17-year-old Franny Green, whose parents, Heather and
Hugh Green, work as abortion providers at a hospital. An anti-abortion activist
threatens Heather and Hugh at home and at work and even harasses Franny. Due to
a bomb threat, Heather decides to go to the press to ask the community for
leads. This worries Franny, because she’s never told the religiously
conservative mother of her girlfriend, Leah, what her parents do, even though Leah’s
mom accepts her daughter’s sexual orientation. When Leah, who also has mixed
feelings about abortion, and Franny argue about Heather’s and Hugh’s
profession, Franny responds: “Women have a right to control their bodies.
Abortion is legal. We’re getting death threats because my parents are doctors
providing care to women who need it.” Though the author offers such openly
pro-abortion and pro-gay stances throughout the book, she doesn’t preach to readers
but allows the conversations to organically arise in familiar circumstances,
such as a lovers’ quarrel or a family discussing the meaning of safety. Unfortunately,
the cover art, with its erotically charged female-appearing lips a whisper
apart from each other, undercuts the story and the message.
Cover aside, a smart, realistic, fast-paced piece of fiction for teens. (Fiction. 14-18)