ARC/DRC Reviews

ARC Review: ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE

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  • ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE
  • Author: Christine Heppermann
  • Published: 3rd May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780062387950
  • Read: April 7, 2016
  • Source: Ebook  | ARC
  • Rating: ♥♥♥

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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I received an advance digital reader’s copy but this does not affect or influence my review.

Ask Me How I Got Here is a verse novel which excites me because it leaves the reader a space to fill in the gaps of the unsaid. The story revolves around a character’s journey before and after she committed abortion, and how she dealt with it while still trying to live by and question her religion.

What I love about this book is Addie’s personality development, I’ve read from a book that to have true faith you have to be able to question things and happenings around you to measure how much faith you have, so I think how Addie raised questions against what she learned from her religion and school was totally understandable. I also enjoyed her relationship with her parents, her best friend, and her boyfriend. I love the poems in the book, and how when I started reading I couldn’t stop myself from finishing it anymore.

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What I didn’t like about the book is the ending, and what happened to her and Juliana. I think that her exploration with her sexuality was okay but I strongly believed that considering she’s young, she’s also going through something that must have influenced her perception. I think Addie needs professional help. Another thing is Juliana’s side, I didn’t really understand if she’s really Okay now or she is still unstable. It wasn’t really clear.

If you enjoyed I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder you would totally love this book! But to be honest, Lisa Schroeder’s character made more connection to me than Christine Heppermann’s.

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