Addie has always known what she was running toward. In cross-country, in life, in love. Until she and her boyfriend—her sensitive, good-guy boyfriend—are careless one night and she ends up pregnant. Addie makes the difficult choice to have an abortion. And after that—even though she knows it was the right decision for her—nothing is the same anymore. She doesn’t want anyone besides her parents and her boyfriend to know what happened; she doesn’t want to run cross-country; she can’t bring herself to be excited about anything. Until she reconnects with Juliana, a former teammate who’s going through her own dark places.
Ask Me How I Got Here is the perfect summer read: quick, dark, and delicious. The synopsis grabbed my attention right away so I knew that I had to get my hands on this beauty pretty early on. And, I kid you not, I opened the envelope containing the ARC and read it in one sitting. It is that magical.
Told in verse, this novel covers a ton of topics (teen pregnancy, abortion, etc) and it does so almost flawlessly. The prose is so beautiful and raw that it captures the heavy subjects in a heartbreaking way. I felt every line because every emotion just jumped off the page. I usually love any novel written in this format, and I've read plenty, but this one felt so unique that it made me order Heppermann's other novel. Now, that's a good sign.
My only criticism is that the novel felt unfinished. Maybe because I had too many question at the end, maybe because I didn't want it to end...who knows. Either way, I wish it was longer. Other than that, I highly recommend Ask Me How I Got Here if you like verse, quick reads, or if you're looking for something with a little dark edge to it for the summer.
Christine Heppermann writes fiction, poetry, and criticism. Her books include Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty (2014), City Chickens (2012), and Backyard Witch (with Ron Koertge, 2015). She currently reviews young adult books for the Chicago Tribune.
Christine grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where she attended an all-girls Catholic high school. As an undergraduate she studied philosophy and literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She has a masters degree in children’s literature from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Christine lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her two daughters, two cats, and one husband.
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