Book Review: Ask The Passengers

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Original Release Date:

October 23rd 2012

Date I Read The Book:

January 2017

My Star Rating:

3.5 stars

Chronology:

Standalone

Official Summary:

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.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

While I enjoyed this book alright, I was disappointed in it.

So many book-bloggers and book tubers LOVE AS King and I just…didn’t. It was merely okay.

The writing was good, I liked the style. I liked the realism of her characters and her story.

But it felt too open-ended for me, we didn’t get enough resolution, the character growth didn’t seem earned – like it happened when we weren’t looking. We didn’t get enough backstory – like Astrid and her mom don’t get along, but we never really find out why. Her parents aren’t homophobes, but they don’t accept Astrid and its never really talked about.

I did like that it was diverse, its a lesbian romance with multi-dimensional characters and not-heavily stereotyped.

I liked the little plane passenger excerpts too.

I liked the book – I just had such high expectations I was underwhelmed by it.

I will check out some of her other books though, and I’d recommend it her anyone who can take it with a grain of salt – it won’t be the best book ever, but it is a pretty good one.

 

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