Aftercare Instructions: A Novel by Bonnie PipkinAftercare Instructions: A Novel by Bonnie Pipkin

Aftercare Instructions: A Novel

byBonnie Pipkin

Hardcover | June 27, 2017

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Everyone is talking about Aftercare Instructions, Bonnie Pipkin's electric debut novel:

"Important, fierce. Pipkin stole my heart with this book." -A.S. King, author of Still Life with Tornado
"Mighty, innovative, and nearly impossible to put down." -David Arnold, author of Kids of Appetite
"Incredibly honest and empathetic." -ALA Booklist
"Big-hearted, sensitive, and engrossing." -Publishers Weekly

"Troubled." That's seventeen-year-old Genesis 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 an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything.

As Gen pushes herself forward to find her new identity without Peter, she must also confront her most painful memories. Through the lens of an ongoing four act play within the novel, the fantasy of their undying love unravels line by line, scene by scene. Digging deeper into her past while exploring the underground theater world of New York City, she rediscovers a long forgotten dream. But it's when Gen lets go of her history, the one she thinks she knows, that she's finally able to embrace the complicated, chaotic true story of her life, and take center stage.

Aftercare Instructions, a debut full of heart and hope, follows Gen on a big-hearted journey from dorm rooms to diners to underground theaters-and ultimately, right into readers' hearts.

Bonnie Pipkin believes in prose, performances, puppet shows, and public displays of affection. Originally from California, Bonnie now lives in Brooklyn. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, teaches literature courses at Kean University, officiates weddings, and looks after a very cute cat. Aftercare Instructions is Bonnie'...
Title:Aftercare Instructions: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.56 × 5.75 × 1.25 inPublished:June 27, 2017Publisher:Flatiron BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250114845

ISBN - 13:9781250114846


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend This was really enjoyable and I loved the story and the characters but I wasn't a huge fan of the format with the flashbacks being in script. I think I would have enjoyed it more without that aspect. But I still really liked it! I think if you are a fan of heavy contemporary novels, this is one for you. The characters, the story, everything really worked for me. I really liked the concept. I think some people will find it to be "controversial" but I think the topic itself was handled in a really fantastic way. It was clear that Gen had a clear understanding of what was going to happen to her and that she MADE THE CHOICE HERSELF. I liked that we never felt like she was forced or pressured to make one decision or the other, either in terms of sex, her future, or having an abortion. I felt so confident in Gen and her choices that even if I didn't agree with everything she did (like, for instance, getting extremely drunk when she shouldn't have), I still respected that she made the choice herself. I liked the community she surrounded herself with and that she had problems with another girl Because of a Boy but it wasn't JUST because of that. I think the conflicts in this one were really well handled. I also thought that the supporting cast was really excellent. I liked that her friends (and not friends) all had their own motivations and interests and I could tell the difference between them all. Although I would say that when we are first introduced to her cousin I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I think it was partly because of the procedure Gen had just gone through. The one thing that was meh to me was the flashbacks done in script format. I found that it took something away from the story and made me think of it as a story rather than staying in the moment and being there with the characters. I wasn't a fan and thought that without these scenes I would have enjoyed the story a bit more -- or even if they had been written in the same format. I am not a fan of changing formats within books and I don't like reading scripts so that is probably what did it for me. I think there is something for everyone in this book: first love, loss, tough decisions, family, and friendship. I highly recommend reading this one but be warned that there are Heavy Topics in this one. I think this is one that people will either love or hate so I am glad I was in the "Love" section of that one!
Date published: 2017-01-27

Editorial Reviews

A Bustle American Woman Book Club PickA PopSugar Best Book of the SummerA Refinery29 Best Read of JuneAn Amazon Best YA Book of the SummerAn iBooks Best Book of the Month"We can't overstate how much we LOVED this debut." -iBooks, Best Book of the Month"This sharp, complex narrative is a coming-of-age novel that will feel especially resonant for women in the lens of 2017." -Refinery29 "Sensitive, big hearted, engrossing...packs a big emotional punch." -Publishers Weekly "An incredibly honest and empathetic debut." -ALA Booklist "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."-SLJ"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