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

May 6, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 6 Comments

Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann | ARC ReviewAsk Me How I Got Here
by Christine Heppermann
Genres: Contemporary, Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Format: eARC
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1 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I’m a reader that loves free verse. I love Ellen Hopkins books and when Ask Me How I Got Here started, it sounded like an EH book so I was very excited and I even said so on a Goodreads status update when I started the book. I’m sorry to say that this story is pointless. It started off as if it was going to go somewhere and then it fell flat with nothing to go on. I feel like I wasted my time with this one.

As I mentioned, this story started so promising and then it plummeted right after. Addie was a character I had no sympathy for. She was awful most of the time and didn’t really care for anyone but herself. I was hoping for her to grow as the story went on, but she kept getting worse in my opinion. The rest of the characters were no better but I can’t really speak much for them since they didn’t make much of an appearance. And when they did, they didn’t impact me in any way.

One thing I love about free verse is the beautiful writing. I’m sorry to say this story lacked big time in having a great writing. I was left very disappointed on this end. As you guys know, I’m bad at DNF’ing a book but it came to a point where I wanted to stop reading and forget about this book. I couldn’t deal with it at all. It took me 8 days to finish a book of free verse that has 240 pages… That’s a lot for me.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this story. Sadly, I have nothing positive to say except that it has a very strong beginning but you all know what happens after.

About Christine Heppermann

Christine Heppermann writes fiction, poetry, and criticism. Her books include Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty (2014), City Chickens (2012), and Backyard Witch (with Ron Koertge, 2015). She currently reviews young adult books for the Chicago Tribune.

Christine grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where she attended an all-girls Catholic high school. As an undergraduate she studied philosophy and literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She has a masters degree in children’s literature from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Christine lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her two daughters, two cats, and one husband.

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6 responses to “Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann | ARC Review

  1. Wow, that sucks. I had a totally opposite experience, and completely connected with her. The anger and depression is real after something like that for a lot of women, especially someone her age, and I was happy that this author showed that. Among other things.

    • I couldn’t :/ Which is weird because I’ve actually been through depression (had it for 4 years and now I’m in remission) so I thought I would at least empathize but that didn’t happen. I’m glad you connected with her though.

  2. Yeah, I agree basically. I mean, I read it in like, 45 minutes so that was good at least, but it DID feel quite pointless. I mean, the IDEA was good, but it all just got so freaking random, and it seemed like 20 topics were shoved into a VERY small amount of writing. It left pretty much zero impact on me, which is weird considering the heavy topics. Sorry you felt the same way!

    • Gosh I wish I had read it that fast. I’m not giving up on this author because I think she could bring more so we’ll see 🙂

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