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Aftercare Instructions

A Novel

Author: Bonnie Pipkin

Aftercare Instructions

Aftercare Instructions

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A big-hearted journey of furious friendship, crazy love, and unexpected hope after a teen's decision to end an unwanted pregnancy

“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old...

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A big-hearted journey of furious friendship, crazy love, and unexpected hope after a teen's decision to end an unwanted pregnancy

“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, an electric 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.

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 Mosquitoland
“Incredibly honest and empathetic.—ALA Booklist
“Big-hearted, sensitive, and engrossing.Publishers Weekly

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Flatiron Books



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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.” School Library Journal

Important subject matter, fierce writing. Pipkin stole my heart with this book.” —A.S. King

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

Aftercare Instructions is an illuminating, beautiful portrait of a brave girl with a brave heart. Moving, authentic, timely.” —Kathleen Glasgow

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

“Bonnie Pipkin presents more than a novel, but a confident and exciting writing career.” —Rita Williams-Garcia

Aftercare Instructions is a heart wrenching story that will touch and resonate with so many young adult readers.” —An Na

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Aftercare Instructions

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