Review of Other Bodies by Joel Ohman

I read a different kind of book this week … a YA book about abortion.

First of all, I don’t read a lot of YA fiction. I just don’t read a lot of YA, in general. And abortion is a difficult subject to hear about, let alone read about. But when the opportunity came to read and review this book, I took it. Abortion, while an unpleasant subject, is an important one … and I was curious to see how the author handled it in this book.

I wasn’t disappointed.

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Hattie, a teenager living on her own in Philadelphia, gives her heart and her body to the wrong man… er, boy. Soon after, she starts working at a Planned Parenthood-like organization known as Managed Motherhood in the book. That’s where she gets introduced to their immersive virtual reality technology and finds out she’s pregnant.

She has no money; she doesn’t even have any furniture. Hattie can’t possibly take care of herself, let alone a baby. She makes the only decision she thinks she can – to “end her pregnancy.”

This book handles the subject of abortion in a thoughtful, if not completely gentle, way. The writing was good, although there were some typos present that did not distract from the story too much. I really enjoyed the book, and by the time I was halfway done with it I didn’t want to put it down. I had to find out what happened to Hattie.

The Amazon page for this book lists it as being for readers ages 12 to 18. I would caution that if you have a child on the lower end of that range, you’re going to want to read this first to see if it’s appropriate for them. There’s no graphic sex (although there is mention of “the taker” and being taken). There are no terribly graphic abortion scenes, although there is some mention of the process and dismembered body parts. If you’ve had an abortion in the past, be warned. This book could trigger some emotional reactions.

Will this book change people’s minds about the baby inside a mother’s body being separate from the mother’s body (something I believe to be absolutely true)? I can’t say. The societal delusion seems to be very strong. But, hopefully, people will read this with an open mind. And maybe the right person will read it and will start thinking differently about her body and her choices. If this book saves even one person’s life, it will have done its job.

Learn more about the book and the author here:

By the way, if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can read this book for free. 🙂
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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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