Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Review: Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Astrid Jones likes to send her love to the passengers flying in planes overhead. It's not like her love is doing any good in Unity Valley. Sure she is friends with popular "it" couple Justin and Kristina, but she's still the odd girl who lives at the house with all the birdhouses. Her mother is distant from her, choosing to spend time with her more perfect younger sister Ellis. Her father avoids life in his own way, escaping to the garage only to emerge in a cloud of smoke.

Unity Valley is supposed to be the picture of small town perfection, however Astrid hears what people say behind other people's backs. Even her own mother is prone to the gossip and how things appear. One of the few places Astrid finds some shelter in her advanced humanities class where she learns different philosophies and how to question them. Then there is her job at a catering company. Not the most glamorous job, but she gets to spend time with Dee who may be her girlfriend.

With her secret relationship with Dee, the secret she keeps for Justin and Kristina and all the secrets that swell around her Astrid has a hard time keeping up. Slowly her life starts to unravel as she starts asking some hard questions, and giving the answers to even harder ones.
If you liked the soul searching philosophy of The Fault in Our Stars, related to the confusion of The Difference Between You and Me, or just like good stories about teens relating to the world around them, check out Ask the Passengers. A.S. King has given us another thoughtful story that examines the life of one girl and how her inner world so different from the real world she lives in.

Want more A.S. King? Read this awesome interview from the ladies at Forever Young Adult. She talks about writing Ask the Passengers, and her message to the world!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Now reading Ashes by Bick)

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