Title: Ask Me How I Got Here
Author: Christine Heppermann
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction/Books in Verse
Number of Pages: 240
I mostly picked out this book because it was a quick read, but it ended up being better than I expected. Addie is a teenager who is impregnated by her boyfriend Nick and decides to have an abortion. She’s a cross-country runner and after the abortion she becomes depressed and starts showing less interest in the things she used to be passionate about. Addie is also bisexual, and towards the end of the book she starts to experience her first strong attraction to another girl.
I liked reading about Addie’s questioning of her religion in a way that wasn’t very negative towards Christians. I’m agnostic but I get sick of stories where the authors take cheap shots towards people of faith. I also appreciated that the choice to have an abortion was taken seriously.
Her parents were supportive despite their initial disappointment and her boyfriend was kind too, even though he might not have been ‘the one.’ One of my favorite things about this book was the unexpected humor, especially the titles of the songs in Nick’s band. I have a weakness for characters who use humor to deal with difficult situations and Addie’s close, loving relationship with her family was refreshing.