Ask Me How I Got Here

Finished Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann. I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

This book is really interesting and fairly dark.  I’m glad that it was a novel in verse, because I feel like that showed Addie’s growing depression in a different and more compelling way than straight prose necessarily could.  You can see Addie start to disengage from everything after her abortion (even though she knows that she absolutely did the right thing and that she was in no way ready to have a kid) and even so, it’s so clearly a hard thing for her to go through.

I also love the fact that this book doesn’t go any of the expected routes.  Addie’s parents are nothing but supportive and her boyfriend is, too.  He doesn’t act horribly toward her and he doesn’t ditch her or make her go through everything herself.  Addie’s lucky to have such a strong support system.  (And even so, things get really hard for her.)

I read Christine Heppermann’s earlier collection, and this is even better. I cannot wait to see what she does next.

Recommended.

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