Saturday, September 29, 2012

'At What Cost' Book Review for YA Bound

Welcome to the book tour for At What Cost by J. Anderson. This is a book that moved me to tears and was hard to put down. Find out more about it and then enter the giveaway below. Remember to also follow the other spots along the tour!

At What Cost
By J. Andersen
Release Date: June 13, 2012
Currently E-book only
225 pages

Book Description from 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.

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**My thoughts**

This book had me in tears throughout most of it. I can't imagine being in Maggie's situation. The closest I ever came was in high school, standing by the sides of many of my friends who all chose different paths. One had the abortion. One kept her baby. One lost her twins to miscarriage. One gave hers up for adoption. There are so many options. Maggie struggles with each one of them and changes her mind many times. I just want to wrap my arms around her and tell her it is going to be okay.

Maggie is a lucky one. She does find some support, even from an unlikely source. Not all girls in this situation will find themselves as lucky as Maggie does. I almost want parents of tweens and teens to read this, so that they can better understand how they should react should they find themselves in the position of being grandparents at an early age. 

I did feel like the story could have continued. It ends at a pausing point. At the same time, it allows the reader to form her own conclusions as to what final decision was really made and how it could have continued. 

So, grab a box of tissues and check this one out. It's an emotional one!

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, and you can follow her blogs at Therabidwriter.blogspot (Personal blog) and (Book blog). You can also follow her on Twitter and on Facebook at

Follow the tour! – September 24 - Review - September 24 – Promo - September 25 - Review – September 25 – Interview & Excerpt - September 25 – Review - September 25 - Author Interview – September 26 – Review - September 26 – Review – September 26 – Promo Post
A Soul Unsung - – September 26 - Review – September 27 – Promo Post - September 27 – Promo Post - September 27 – Promo Post - September 28 – Promo Post - September 28 – Promo Post – September 28 - Review
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your wonderful review. You got exactly what I was going for with that ending. I think a lot of times, it's up to the reader to make some final decisions.

    I appreciate you participating in the tour!