Title: What Goes Up
Author: Christine Heppermann
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: August 18, 2020
Page Length: 176
Genre: Contemporary, Verse
Age Range: YA
CAWPILE Rating: 7.14/10
Goodreads Synopsis: How do you forgive yourself—and the people you love—when a shocking discovery leads to a huge mistake?
When Jorie wakes up in the loft bed of a college boy she doesn’t recognize, she’s instantly filled with regret. What happened the night before? What led her to this place? Was it her father’s infidelity? Her mother’s seemingly weak acceptance? Her recent breakup with Ian, the boy who loved her art and supported her through the hardest time of her life?
As Jorie tries to reconstruct the events that led her to this point, free verse poems lead the reader through the current morning, as well as flashbacks to her relationships with her parents, her friends, her boyfriend, and the previous night.
*Note: this ebook was sent to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve found myself getting more and more interested in books written in verse. At first, I thought it was anything verse or poetry; but I tried some more poetry and no I need there to be a story.
This verse takes place after Jorie wakes up after a drunken night. She is currently in high school and has been dealing with her father’s infidelity. We bounce back and forth between the now (Jorie waking up), which are indicated with times for chapter titles, and her memories of her father and/or her coping with the information of her father’s infidelity.
At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this. I was expecting one thing and was starting to get another; however, once I figured out formatting it was easy enough to follow. I definitely enjoyed the memories more than the present. I enjoyed learning more about Jorie’s memories of her family, both before and after she learned about her father cheating. It was interesting to see how she coped with that, and how she was still coping with it.
For such a short story, I found it really impactful. I felt how Jorie felt and I loved how Christine made the connection of Jorie with the art work of the cover – this was something I truly loved and truly explained the reasoning behind the art.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. I wish I could put into better words the feelings I got from this book. It was impactful, but I did want a little more. However, I also feel like if this was any longer it may have dragged on.