Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann

Posted April 24, 2016 | 33 Comments

Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine HeppermannAsk Me How I Got Here
Author: Christine Heppermann
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 240
Source: 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.


I’m not one to seek out books written in verse. Actually, I’ll usually skip them. However, I couldn’t resist Ask Me How I Got Here after reading the description. I absolutely loved it!

Unlike Christine Heppermann, I’m not great with words, so it’s hard to explain something so moving. It’s interesting how someone can write 500 pages that really says nothing at all, while someone else can write a tenth of that and evoke such depth and meaning.

This little book took me through an array of emotions as we follow Addie through her experience of getting pregnant, having an abortion, dealing with the aftermath, and really finding herself. It’s really so much more than that, though. It’s something that many women of all ages can connect with. I reread numerous passages multiple times because the words hit me in such a deeply profound way. It’s witty, sharp, and truly thought-provoking.

I don’t usually like mentioning the ending of a book, but I have to say this seems to end somewhat abruptly. However, I had that ‘ah-ha’ moment and realized it was perfect.

I highly recommend Ask Me How I Got Here.


33 responses to “Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann

  1. I just finished this one this weekend and was so conflicted. I liked it – the story, subject matter and actually liked the verse and how easily it flowed. But I had issues connecting with it and getting all the emotion I wanted from it. I also thought the ending was abrupt – not sure I had the a-ha moment though 🙂 Great review!!

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  2. Oh wow! I hadn’t heard of this one before today, but it sounds amazing. It sounds like a difficult book though and I’ll admit that I’m not particularly in the mood for something so emotional. I’ll file it away though for when I’m finally in the mood.
    Fab review, Christy!

  3. Reading a book in verse is something that I would think would take some getting used to. I don’t think I would like it. The topic of this book is very interesting, in that it is very popular in the media these days. They talk like women go into abortion without any thought at all. While, I’ve never had one, I can’t imagine it would be a decision that any woman with any heart at all would take lightly. I’m sure that this topic alone would make this a very deep book and one that would be hard to write. Great review.

    • Christy

      I’ve read books in verse that made my eyes cross because it was so dense. lol. But this is very quick and light. The chapters are only 2 to maybe 8 verses each. Took me 45 minutes to read it.

  4. THIS would be the book I’d have to read the ending first. I’ve never ever done that before but I’ve always wondered how people DO that!! In this case, I could see myself doing that. HOLY emotions book!!! And to be able to write emotions in verse, amazing. I think this book would be phenomenal for a library! I wonder if won any awards yet, like YALSA or something? Great review!!! I totally saw you reading this as soon as I read the synopsis – who would give up CC/running??

  5. I’m not normally one to seek out books in verse either Christy, but I’m definitely willing to give this one a try since it got such high praise for you. I love when I find books that really resonate, so I’m glad this was that kind of read for you:)

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  6. This book reminds me so much of Trouble by Non Pratt, although she was pregnant throughout the entire book I felt so emotional and it really opened me up. It was endearing yet scary at the same time witnessing that young going through that. I have a feeling if that’s anything to go by I would really enjoy this. Thanks for putting it on my radar, Christy! 🙂

  7. I have never read a book in verse but this book sounds interesting. Great review and thanks for bringing my attention to this book.

  8. “It’s interesting how someone can write 500 pages that really says nothing at all, while someone else can write a tenth of that and evoke such depth and meaning”.

    This statement you said of Ask Me How, alone, has me looking at this book a little harder. Great review

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