Ask the Passengers by A.S. King | Review

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Ask the Passengers by A.S. King | ReviewAsk the Passengers by A.S. King
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on October 23, 2012
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions--like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.

As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can't share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don't even know she's there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers' lives--and her own--for the better.

In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything--and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love.

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 -what i liked-

  • The writing style. I had read Reality Boy by A.S. King and really enjoyed it, so I was glad to be able to give this one a read. It had been sitting on my shelf for years. Who knew that such lovely writing was waiting for me!?
  • Astrid sends love up to passengers in the sky. I loved this about her. She always was sending little bits of love and then we got to see into the minds of the passengers in the sky that she was sending love to, each of whom were going through their own relationship struggles.
  • Astrid was such a lovely character. I loved reading about her and I found her incredibly interesting.
  • The romance. She gets in a relationship with a hockey player from another school, who is already out as being openly in love with girls, which Astrid somewhat finds intimidating. Yet the two of them have the sweetest relationship, even though they are very different. They love each other and it’s pretty evident.

-what i didn’t like-

  • Ask the Passengers was very slow moving at times. I never felt like I had to push myself through the story, yet it did seem like there was a constant, steady slower pace throughout the story.

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  1. We’re twins! I liked Reality Boy, too, and I put this one on my TBR list after I finished it. I still haven’t read Ask the Passengers. I’m glad you liked it. Great review!

  2. I think King is brilliant. She uses magical realism so well in all her books. I was destroyed when I got turned down for an DRC of her new book, but I will eagerly wait for its release, because she has yet to disappoint me.

  3. Sometimes a slow-paced book is just what you need! I love A.S. King and really need to read more of her books! This one moved up on my list… 😉

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