5 stars: It was amazing!
Background: When we were in college, Janci and I were in a writing group together briefly. I knew as soon as I read her writing that she was going to be published someday, and she did get her big-five book deal a few years ago. Unfortunately, the marketing and cover art were bungled, making the book look like a romance when it definitely wasn’t, and the book flopped. Anyway. Her debut is good, so maybe you’ll like it too (Chasing the Skip). She’s been indie publishing ever since, though still working with her agent to get another book deal through a major publisher.
I’ve been reading Janci’s books ever since. I got this one for Christmas 2017, but since I rarely have time to sit and read, I hadn’t picked it up yet. When I finally had a sick day, I burned through the whole book in less than 24 hours. I was completely hooked. I mean, this character is a MESS. She’s a teen, and she makes VERY BAD DECISIONS for what she thinks are VERY GOOD REASONS, and it’s a bit of a train wreck, but I couldn’t look away. It was utterly gripping and heartbreaking and deep. My favorite Janci book to date, in other words.
Do note that the main character’s goal is to get pregnant, which obviously involves sex, but it’s not shown on the page.