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At What Cost ➷ [Reading] ➹ At What Cost By J. Andersen ➬ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 Expect 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 job And her boyfriend, Justin She s pretty sure he ll stay by At What PDF/EPUB ² her sideWhile 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 But an easy decision becomes difficult when Maggie s aunt discovers her secret and sets out on a mission to stop the abortion, putting a kink in Maggie s plan Now Maggie must decide which choice she can live with abortion or teenage motherhood Either way, it ll be a tough road to travel.


10 thoughts on “At What Cost

  1. Literary Chanteuse Literary Chanteuse says:

    This story is an insightful and sincere look at teen pregnancy Maggie epitomizes the average teen girl who gets herself into her predicament shortly after dating Justin, the popular boy at school With no support from her family, friends or Justin she faces the decision alone of how best to handle the situation The author really captures your heart as you go along the emotional process of discovering Maggie s pregnant and the fear of what to do and how to tell her parents There s an honest th This story is an insightful and sincere look at teen pregnancy Maggie epitomizes the average teen girl who gets herself into her predicament shortly after dating Justin, the popular boy at school With no support from her family, friends or Justin she faces the decision alone of how best to handle the situation The author really captures your heart as you go along the emotional process of discovering Maggie s pregnant and the fear of what to do and how to tell her parents There s an honest thread that runs throughout the story that had me thinking time and time again as a young woman and a mother A must read for any teen and mother


  2. Carrie Carrie says:

    This less than subtle anti choice screed reads like teen drama queen Lurlene McDaniels was brainwashed by a Crisis Pregnancy Center McDaniels may have given her characters Six Months to Live but Andersen has opted for 9 months to be insufferable This book was trite, clich d and frankly offensive Abortion providers are portrayed as cold and judgemental, caring about nothing but making money, even to the point of encouraging pathetic main character Maggie to steal from her parents to get the n This less than subtle anti choice screed reads like teen drama queen Lurlene McDaniels was brainwashed by a Crisis Pregnancy Center McDaniels may have given her characters Six Months to Live but Andersen has opted for 9 months to be insufferable This book was trite, clich d and frankly offensive Abortion providers are portrayed as cold and judgemental, caring about nothing but making money, even to the point of encouraging pathetic main character Maggie to steal from her parents to get the necessary cash Victims of the clinic are shuffled out the back door so that no one will know what was done to them Anyone who receives an abortion spirals out of control, drinking, doing drugs and withdrawing from the world One such unfortunate includes the ex girlfriend of the villainous Jeff, the boyfriend who gets Maggie pregnant and presents abortion as the obvious and only solution Of course we know he s a bad guy, because only bad guys convince their girlfriends to get abortions and then move on to another girl while their ex starts doing drugs to drown their sorrows In fairness, that does make him a pretty bad guy, but like the rest of the characters, he s got as much depth as a puddle of spit, and his actions are ridiculously predictable Maggie s parents are as clich d as the rest of the characters Her dad is a prominent lawyer who doesn t have time for his family and her mother is an insufferable witch who isconcerned with keeping up the family image than with taking care of her kids and say, making sure they aren t off having all of the teenage sex Only Maggie s Aunt Rachel understands her, and figures out that Maggie is pregnant How does she figure it out Easy, because she herself was a teenage preggo, and had an abortion And shocker That abortion led her to drugs and alcohol and also made it so she can never have kids Ever Because of course it does Rachel prepares to help Maggie go through with her abortion when at the last minute Maggie realizes that no she doesn t want that baby sucked out of her and thrown into the hazardous waste bin And she flees the clinic Because of her not getting an abortion her parents suddenly turn into awesome people who, having previously threatened to throw her into the streets if she got pregnant, buy her maternity clothes for Christmas and read What to Expect When You re Expecting Because as we all know, nothing mends the rift in your family like the relief of finding out that your teenage daughter decided to stay pregnant Sure she was too terrified to tell you before, but this will make everything better Let me lay it on you This book is so bad it s practically a parody of itself The ending is abrupt to the point of ridiculousness, and a sensitive subject that could have been handled with maturity and intelligence is a one sided joke that contributes nothing but misinformation to a complicated conversation If you are unable to comprehend the idea that sometimes people make choices you disagree with and their lives AREN T ruined, then this is the book for you If you are looking for intelligence, nuance and well developed characters, keep moving


  3. Scott Scott says:

    This book was interesting It wasn t one I would normally pick up A teenage girl is faced with an unplanned pregnancy and how she handles it I know many will be upset because the topic of abortion is so polarized Other will applaud the direction the book takes In the end one is left without a clear end as to what will happen with the girl The author gave many great resources in the back to allow you to go and get information on pregnancy, abortion and counseling.


  4. Tee loves Kyle Jacobson Tee loves Kyle Jacobson says:

    At What Cost is a MUST READ for all teenage girls Thank you to YA Bound for allowing me to read this ARC and be a part of this tour I have to say that teenage pregnancy is such a hot topic right now With shows like Teen Moms and other reality shows trying to portray the life of a teen mom I have to say that they do not show everything that it entails and these young girls who get pregnant go through so much and sometimes by themselves because these boys just want to have sex with no commitme At What Cost is a MUST READ for all teenage girls Thank you to YA Bound for allowing me to read this ARC and be a part of this tour I have to say that teenage pregnancy is such a hot topic right now With shows like Teen Moms and other reality shows trying to portray the life of a teen mom I have to say that they do not show everything that it entails and these young girls who get pregnant go through so much and sometimes by themselves because these boys just want to have sex with no commitments or attachments.This is a story about Maggie who gets pregnant at the start of her junior year of high school When she tells her boyfriend Justin his answer is get an abortion and move on What a total tool because he did not even consider her and her feelings So feeling lost Maggie turns to her friend Evan Man oh man we needstand up guys like Evan He helps Maggie through her decision and helps her along the way He does not preach to her or give his personal opinion but supports her I totally loved that about him.This story is a reminder that when you decide to have sex with your partner you need to use protection You also need to know that once you start being intimate with someone it is not just an act but an emotional act as well Maggie learned the hard way just what happens when you have sex and end up pregnant.J Andersen you did a great job writing this story and taking on a hot topic so congrats on that I loved this book and will recommend it to everyone


  5. Merin Merin says:

    3.5 5 stars.This is the second book that takes an indepth look at teen pregnancy that I ve read The first was The First Part Last, which I read for my YA Literature course, and it was told from the teen father s point of view This book is yourtypical book, in that it comes from the point of view of the mother, who in this case is sixteen year old Maggie Maggie has a lot to deal with she and her mother don t get along, her father works long hours and is never home, and she s trying to 3.5 5 stars.This is the second book that takes an indepth look at teen pregnancy that I ve read The first was The First Part Last, which I read for my YA Literature course, and it was told from the teen father s point of view This book is yourtypical book, in that it comes from the point of view of the mother, who in this case is sixteen year old Maggie Maggie has a lot to deal with she and her mother don t get along, her father works long hours and is never home, and she s trying to adjust to being the girlfriend of an extremely popular guy at school, which is thrusting herinto the social spotlight And then she realizes that she s pregnant, and things quickly change.First of all, I want to give massive props to the author for portraying what seems like an extremely realistic look at teenage pregnancy Maggie initially denies the pregnancy, and then once she can t do that any longer, still refuses to tell anyone what she s dealing with, aside from Justin, who is the father Justin s solution is simple an abortion The book then turns into a should I or shouldn t I situation, wherein Maggie struggles to figure out what she wants I m going to be upfront when I say that Justin is a total jerk, and Maggie s blindness about this sort of infuriated me But, again, it s completely realistic so many girls want to think that their boyfriend loves them and will stand by them, etc., even when it s fairly obvious that the opposite is true What I really enjoyed about this book was the way Maggie was portrayed Once she learns she s pregnant, she starts dealing with so many emotions, and the reader gets a front row seat She is slowly falling apart, and her feelings are so well written that the reader can easily empathize with her It was interesting to me to watch her contradictions and uncertainties, and to see what she would decide to do next The lead up to Maggie s ultimate decision was the strongest part of this book, at least for me.My biggest complaint was the negative portrayal of one particular topic in this book, which I can t really go into detail about because I m trying to avoid spoilers So I ll apologize upfront for sort of beating around the bush and keeping things rather vague I sort of felt like only the bad aspects of said topic were shown in this book, and while it does tie in to Maggie s feelings and outlook, I don t believe that you can paint everyone with the same brush Not everyone is going to react the same, and it seemed like that was the message Again, sorry for the vagueness if you re interested in having me just say exactly what I mean, let me know and I can do so in the comments or something That being said, I seem to be the only one who thinks this, so your mileage may vary All in all, I found At What Cost to be a really solid book about a rather controversial topic Maggie was solidly drawn, and the description of what she s dealing with and her emotional journey is first rate The little bit of a romance going on with Evan also gets two thumbs up, as does the fact that the book is engaging and a very quick read As a heads up, the ending was a bit abrupt I couldn t believe the book was finished and thought at first that my Kindle was lying I personally would be interested in a sequel, as I d love to see what comes next for Maggie and the others A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via YA Bound Blog Tours.


  6. Henrietta Henrietta says:

    Written in third person narration, At What Cost shares a story of a sixteen year old, Maggie Reynolds, who finds out that she has become pregnant at the start of her junior year After a brief stage of denial, she accepts her condition but feels reluctant to share the news with her family Only her best friend Lauren and her boyfriend Justin know the secret One day, Justin hands her pamphlets on abortion and suggests that life can pretty much continue to be in the same way if Maggie goes throug Written in third person narration, At What Cost shares a story of a sixteen year old, Maggie Reynolds, who finds out that she has become pregnant at the start of her junior year After a brief stage of denial, she accepts her condition but feels reluctant to share the news with her family Only her best friend Lauren and her boyfriend Justin know the secret One day, Justin hands her pamphlets on abortion and suggests that life can pretty much continue to be in the same way if Maggie goes through with the abortion Since Maggie is afraid that her parents would disown her when they find out about the pregnancy, she believes abortion would be her best choice But after aunt Rachel finds her vomiting in the bathroom, she and Rachel become closer With an adult listening to her, Maggie stops keeping everything to herself She also learnsabout Rachel s past and sees how Rachel is still living with the consequences of her past choices Instead of seeing abortion as her only option, Maggie starts seeing life asthan just school and teen pregnancy She begins to realize many things that she hasn t realized before She discovers that what s good for her has nothing to do with what she thought she had, and in the end, she learns that life can be filled with heartwarming options.At first, I didn t think I could relate to Maggie In the beginning, I saw her as a person who complained a lot and never tried to walk in another person s shoes Although I still see her as somewhat immature in the end, I like that she has grown up quite a bit and she blossoms to be a better person, aempathic daughter who cares about her family and a stronger teenager who isopen to own up to the consequences of her choices.I like that the issue of teen pregnancy is not dealt with lightly here In addition to seeing what Maggie wrestles with, I like that we get to see how the parents react to the situation While Justin is selfish and childishly irresponsible, I think his sense of insecurity and stubbornness add a realistic touch to depict the angst of those who want to brag but fail to own up to anything that goes in the opposite direction I like that the act of responsibility is explored and while teenagers in the junior year are no longer children, their behavior and action reflect a degree of fears that can be felt universally I think the author does a great job in showing us a story that feels real, with moments of tenderness that offer hope to those who feel dismal about the subject of teen pregnancy.Although I d like to know a bitabout what may happen next after what Maggie goes through in the hospital at the end, I enjoy reading the book At What Cost is a realistic contemporary that offers glimpses into family tension and relationship reconciliation through a situation that reaches the point of no return If you like sensible stories that talk about realistic issues, you ll want to add this title to your read list This review was originally published on my blog.A copy of the book was provided by the author for review purposes


  7. Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews says:

    Originally posted at Growing up is never easy but for some, it is much harder than it is for others Unfortunately for Maggie Reynolds, she has to learn that the hard way After spending what she thought was the perfect summer with the perfect boyfriend, Maggie learns very quickly that what you think you want isn t always what you really need And, sometimes, maybe it isn t even what you ever really wanted at all.Anyone that has ever had that one heart s Originally posted at Growing up is never easy but for some, it is much harder than it is for others Unfortunately for Maggie Reynolds, she has to learn that the hard way After spending what she thought was the perfect summer with the perfect boyfriend, Maggie learns very quickly that what you think you want isn t always what you really need And, sometimes, maybe it isn t even what you ever really wanted at all.Anyone that has ever had that one heart stopping, panic ridden moment where you think your life is ruined, that you are trapped and there is no way out of the current dilemma, will be able to relate to this book Maggie s anxiety about her situation is so well portrayed throughout that it was almost palpable Getting pregnant as a teenager can be traumatic for anyone Add to that the fact that Maggie s family has steadily grown apart over the past few years, and the fact that she feels like nothing she ever does is good enough for her mother, and she feelsalone than ever.In typical teen fashion, Maggie s initial reaction to this news aside from the panic is to ignore it and hope it ll just go away When that doesn t work, the obvious next step is to make it go away Ms Anderson does such an incredible job of describing Maggie s experience at the abortion clinic that it brought tears to my eyes The author does an admirable job of writing about such a touchy subject It feels real and it feels honest Something I think that any teen reading this will appreciate.The reaction of Maggie s family, when they are finally told, is anything but predictable, and once they have a chance to process the news, it s very touching Instead of tearing the family apart, it opens their eyes and brings them back together The topic of the book, and the way it is written, has the potential to make a reader realize what is truly important in life and what isn t.With such a buildup throughout the entire book, I felt like the ending was somewhat anti climactic While predictable in terms of giving you what you expect, it also ends rather abruptly This could be to leave it open to a sequel, or simply to encourage the reader to think about it themselves, but I was left rather unsatisfied.The lessons to be learned in this book are both in your face and subtle enough that by the end, it can leave you contemplating many different things From the obvious issues of abortion versus adoption versus teenage motherhood to learning what sort of people to keep in your life From learning that family is always there no matter what to learning to accept what you truly deserve instead of what you think you deserve, the lessons imparted in this tale are worthy of any teenage or adult reader.This is a wonderfully written book that taps into the angst of the teenage years combined with the heart wrenching emotions that can come with an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy The family is realistically dysfunctional and the characters are sympathetic and well written A great coming of age tale that I would definitely recommend to any teenage girl


  8. S Parent S Parent says:

    Time flies when you re pregnant and hiding it For sixteen year old Maggie Reynolds, an unexpected pregnancy quickly spirals out of control and as readers follow Maggie along her journey, we experience all of her emotions, from fear to anxiety, confusion to regret, and even some unexpected hope, right along with her I was drawn into At What Cost from the very first pages, as J Andesen s clear, fast paced, evocative third person narration pulled me right into the story and Maggie s life I cou Time flies when you re pregnant and hiding it For sixteen year old Maggie Reynolds, an unexpected pregnancy quickly spirals out of control and as readers follow Maggie along her journey, we experience all of her emotions, from fear to anxiety, confusion to regret, and even some unexpected hope, right along with her I was drawn into At What Cost from the very first pages, as J Andesen s clear, fast paced, evocative third person narration pulled me right into the story and Maggie s life I could easily imagine myself in Maggie s situation, doing everything I could to deny and hide my condition because I just wasn t ready to deal with it, but at the same time my worry grew with each day that Maggie kept her pregnancy hidden The author did a great job of crafting physical, visceral descriptions of Maggie s anxiety exacerbated by the symptoms of pregnancy, of course reading this book, I felt like I was right back in high school myself, nervous stomachache and all One of my favorite aspects of the book was the way family relationships and friendships were portrayed At first, when Maggie seemed unable to find support no matter where she turned, my heart broke for her however, I was surprised and pleased by the way her friendships and family relationships continue to develop throughout the novel I especially liked Maggie s relationship with her aunt, and I appreciate a YA novel that devotes as much time and character development to the adult characters as the teenage ones After all, adults play a huge role in all teens lives, in both positive and negative ways.I also have to mention that the abortion clinic scenes in this novel were absolutely harrowing it takes a brave author to tackle this topic in such a gritty, no holds barred way While these sections were hard to read, they were absolutely essential to Maggie s journey, and if I had ever been faced with a similar decision as a teen, I would have wanted to read an honest account like this one I appreciated the emphasis the author placed on Maggie making her own decision, and that the author s note included resources for both pregnant teens and teens dealing with the aftereffects of abortion.Finally, I have to mention how much I appreciated the book s open ending Even though Maggie s newly strengthened relationships leave us with hope, there s still a lot of uncertainty in her future, and the book doesn t sugarcoat that.Overall, I think the best word to describe At What Cost is real This is an important book that will speak to both teenage and adult, male and female readers, and I would say in particular that it s a book every teenage girl should read


  9. Becky Becky says:

    Also available, with giveaway www.areadersdevotion.blogspot.co.ukThis book was a breeze to read It wasn t a shallow cutesy romance but on the other hand it wasn t a heart wrenching tragic tale that was going to make you burst into tears It was enjoyable Sobs shook her body, and Lauren rushed over I m so sorry, she said, but Maggie didn t hear it The only word resonating in her head had already been said Pregnant She was sixteen and pregnant What was she going to do now This is a boo Also available, with giveaway www.areadersdevotion.blogspot.co.ukThis book was a breeze to read It wasn t a shallow cutesy romance but on the other hand it wasn t a heart wrenching tragic tale that was going to make you burst into tears It was enjoyable Sobs shook her body, and Lauren rushed over I m so sorry, she said, but Maggie didn t hear it The only word resonating in her head had already been said Pregnant She was sixteen and pregnant What was she going to do now This is a book about abortion and the challenging decision some teenage girls have to face I love that all angles of the debate were covered the pros and the cons As someone who doesn t have very strong opinions on the topic, it felt like a good balance For someone who hasn t thought about the issue closely, it is a good book to gain an introduction.Maggie s situation is not an easy one I really felt a connection to her suffering and why it was harder, than others, to tell anyone about it When I was sixteen, I felt like that my parents would be supportive if I fell pregnant I am glad that I didn t Maggie couldn t do that I understood that Justin is a classic example of a guy I would not like to encounter There are jerks but they are obviously jerks Then there are the guys that act all gentlemanly and gracious until parts of the relationship stop going their way They have to grow up They start showing their true selves These guys are the worst Justin never seemed like a truly honest guy from the start I didn t like him Fortunately there are people in Maggie s life that are there for her She needed Rachel and later on Evan I would have liked a bitfrom Evan He had the potential there What I enjoyed about this story was the debate and discussion of the topic that is abortion I also liked getting to know the people in Maggie s life However I felt the story was too short When it came to the other aspects of the pregnancy it remained a little flat Once Maggie made her ultimate decision, the book sort of trickled along with nothing happening much I thought there were other issues that needed addressing in greater depth but, after the main decision of whether to abort or not, those other decisions didn t seem important I was a little disappointed there The story also ended too quickly and abruptly was that it Overall I did enjoy this book It is a book about abortion and it covers the topic brilliantly However I would have liked a bitdepth after the abortion side was finished


  10. Marissa Marissa says:

    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 st 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 wasabout the present, about the decisions she is going to make, than a love story, and I liked that, butwe 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 , towards the end, but perhaps there will be a sequel That would be pretty nice


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