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Title: At What Cost
Author: J. Anderson
Was Released On: June 13, 2012
*A Review Copy Was Provided
*A Review Copy Was Provided
Book Description Via Goodreads
During her junior year, sixteen-year-old Maggie Reynolds expected to shop for prom dresses not maternity clothes. Now, instead of studying for the SATs, she’s reading, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Maggie’s ‘Mother Dearest’ lives in fear that Maggie will somehow taint the family name, so Maggie can’t turn to her for help. Meanwhile, her father is oblivious to anything but his 9-9 job. And her boyfriend, Justin? She’s pretty sure he’ll stay by her side.
While Maggie wrestles with her options, Justin offers a solution: abortion. It would solve all her problems quickly, easily, and effectively. And her parents would never know, which means they won’t throw her out and cut her off like they’d always threatened if she got herself knocked up. Now Maggie must decide which choice she can live with: abortion or teenage motherhood. Either way, it’ll be a tough road to travel.
Maggie is a young teen girl in high school and has a boyfriend, Justin, that loves his popularity. As she starts her Junior year, she finds out that she is pregnant, and she honestly at first, does not know what to do, but eventually tells her boyfriend and her family. Now that's done what is she to do? She does have her options, but which one will Maggie choose? Will her boyfriend stay at her side? Will an unexpected friend be with Maggie as she decides what to do?
At What Cost is a very good story. It discusses a known topic, and I think through Maggie's story, you can understand what exactly a young teen is facing at early pregnancy, what choices are offered to her, and I thought it was really written well. There was a good amount of Maggie's history that leads to her current state. Her feelings from worry to frustration can be notably read, and I felt they were believable feelings. The worry she faces when she tells her parents, and the frustration to how she got to where she is, is pretty well described and I was just reading nonstop to what decision Maggie makes.
I liked Maggie, from the beginning to the end, and I believe we see a little bit of development in her character. I was glad to read her journey through a hard time, but somehow she makes it through, and it's something you just have to read. In addition, I felt this story was more about the present, about the decisions she is going to make, than a love story, and I liked that, but...we do see hints here and there of such a good guy that becomes an incredible friend to Maggie, and let me say, that it's not her boyfriend, Justin. All in all, this was a good written story with a nice flow. I do admit, I wanted a little more, towards the end, but perhaps there will be a sequel? That would be pretty nice... :)
My Rating: 4/5
I say Rated PG-13 as there is a Mature Topic discussed.
About This Author
Jessie Andersen lives in a small town in Western New York with her husband and three kids. A former English teacher, she now spends her time writing while the kids are at school and the baby is sleeping. She volunteers at the local library and sings in the church band. You can find information about her books at jandersenbooks.com, and you can follow her blogs at Therabidwriter.blogspot (Personal blog) and Readbetweenthelinesbookclub.blogspot.com (Book blog). You can also follow her on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/jvdlandersen and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jandersenbooks.