ARC Review: Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann

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Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
Genre: YA Contemporary, LGBT, Pregnancy
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Greenwillow
Series: n/a
Length: 240 pages
Format: eARC from publisher

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.

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Thank you to Greenwillow for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have a growing fondness for books in free verse. Ever since I read my first free verse book, ONE by Sarah Crossan, I’ve been looking for another well-written, emotional novel. I find free verse books easy to read; they’re quick, they pack in a lot of emotion within a few pages, and although I did enjoy this book, I felt as if it went by too quickly.

The characters were developed well, in my opinion, but they lacked the emotion that I need to really connect to them. Addie decides to get an abortion, but I didn’t really feel anything about her experience and the extent of her emotions. I definitely felt emotion and felt a greater connection when she first discovers she’s pregnant, but other than that, I felt more of an outsider looking in rather than someone feeling the things that she felt and (theoretically) experiencing the things that Addie went through. [spoiler] Despite that, I loved was when Addie and Juliana started their romantic relationship. It was a development of Addie’s character that I really did not expect, and I really enjoyed this milestone in Addie’s life.

TL;DR: this book was quick and interesting to read, despite some reservations. Although I liked the message this book was trying to send, it fell a little flat for me because I couldn’t really connect to the characters or have that emotional response that I think is essential for a successful free-verse novel.

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Have you read this book yet? Are you planning to? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


5 thoughts on “ARC Review: Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann

  1. I literally just finished this last night and am still not sure exactly how I feel. I think the topics it covered were awesome, I actually didn’t mind the verse (not always my favorite, but like you I felt like I never fully connected with the story/characters the way I wanted to. Great review!


  2. Now that you mentioned free-verse novels, I am not even sure which one was the last that I read. I might never have :O oh wait, no, I can remember something. The Realm of Possibilities was at least partially in free verse.


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