Author: Christine Heppermann
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
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.