Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann | Book Review

Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann is totally a book I read because I wanted to accomplish my lowered 2016 Goodreads Challenge a bit faster. I mean, it’s a book that is written in verse about an interesting, sort of taboo subject. While Poisoned Apples went over my head, I found this book to be so much more accessible. I almost wish that I had read it first, so that potentially I may have enjoyed Poisoned Apples a bit more.

Ask Me How I Got Here is narrated by a girl named Addie. Addie goes to Catholic girls school. She runs cross country. Addie is a good kid in general. She also has this boyfriend. One night, they have sex and an accident happens. Addie ends up pregnant. Unlike other young adult books, she has an abortion. Addie keeps it a secret – only her parents and her boyfriend know.

Despite basically being the best person on her cross country team, she ends up sort of quitting. Addie is in kind of a dark place. That is, until she has a chance meeting with a former teammate, Juliana, at a coffee shop. Addie and Juliana end up sparking and connecting and she finds herself really coming back to life again.

Addie’s character was pretty relatable. She’s smart. She participates in activities. She’s got friends. She’s got a boyfriend. Her family isn’t messed up. I felt like she made a logical choice given her life situation. I definitely rooted for Addie the whole time, even as she made that very hard choice. It was good to see her deal with what happened, but then to move past, recover and by all intents and purposes go on to lead a happy, full life. I felt like Addie’s character takes away from some of the stigma.

As I mentioned above, Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann takes on the stigmatized topic of abortion. I feel like every other YA book I have read where there is pregnancy, the character usually ends up having the baby and keeping the baby or giving it up for adoption. I’ve only read one other book where abortion happens. It is great that Addie wasn’t punished for it. I loved that this book takes a pro choice stance and really does illustrate that Addie made the best possible choice for herself. Writing this post as a pregnant person, I feel like I had special insight into what Addie must have been going through. Pregnancy is not a walk in the park, and I certainly do not begrudge Addie anything. So yes, 100% recommending this book.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I haven’t read a book in verse in a LONG time. I didn’t know that this deals with abortion, and you are so right that it’s barely ever shown in books (or tv and movies for that matter). I’m definitely putting in on my TBR now 🙂
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