Friday, September 28, 2012

Review: Ask The Passengers by A.S. King

 Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it. Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, her perfect sister's too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. There's no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she's trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love--and asking the right questions--will affect the passengers' lives, and her own, for the better.
In this unmistakably original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's boxes and definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything--and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking and sharing real love

I’ve heard great things about A.S. King’s writing and I have no idea how I haven’t bought one of her books yet, but after reading Ask The Passengers, I’m going to get a move on on buying the rest of her books. This novel was uplifting, heart breaking, and satisfying to read. King’s writing is beautiful and I could really feel the characters emotions coming off of the pages. The characters were well developed and the story actually had a message that really touched me.

Astrid’s favorite thing to do is send love to passengers on the airplanes. The book actually cuts to the thoughts of the passengers which I found interesting to read. She asks them what she should do and plays out little conversations in her head with herself and/or others. It was uplifting to read about Astrid figuring out her life because the message she sends is that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, you can love and be loved.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to read more of A.S. King’s books in the future. Fans of David Levithan and Courtney Summers will really love this book. 4 Stars!

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