Just to clarify, we're talking about Christine Heppermann, the extraordinary author. Not Christine the murderous '58 Plymouth Fury from the Stephen King book. Christine the author is much more pleasant and a lot less murderer-y.Which is a good thing, because we wouldn't want that kind of riff-raff at YA Fest.
So, getting back to Christine and her amazing-ness. Christine is the author of Ask Me How I Got Here, a book that definitely falls under the "Tough Stuff" category and deals with some really hard subjects: the terror that goes along with getting pregnant in high school, and deciding to have an abortion. It almost physically hurts to read it at some points, but WOW is it worth it.
Christine also writes crazy good poetry, and, even though I'm not usually a huge poetry fan, Poisoned Apples is one of my favorite books of all time because OHMYGOODNESS IT'S SO GOOD. Anyone who can retell classic fairy tales and make them relate to what teen girls today are going through gets an A+ in my book. YAY EMPOWERMENT!
Ask Me How I Got Here
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.
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty
Once upon a time...
you were a princess,
or an orphan.
A wicked witch,
Big Bad Wolf,
Little Bo Peep.
But you are more than just a hero or
a villain, cursed or charmed. You are
everything in between.
You are everything.
In fifty poems Christine Heppermann places fairy tales side by side with the modern teenage girl. Powerful and provocative, deadly funny and deadly serious, this collection is one to read, to share, to treasure, and to come back to again and again.