Monday, November 18, 2013

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King ~ Review

13069935Astrid 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 Thoughts: To be honest, I only read this book because it was a Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee, and it is my goal to read every book on the list.  With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed this book.  I think teens in general will be able to relate to this book on some level.  It looks at the difficulties facing gay teens or those who may be questioning their sexual orientation, but it is as much about discovering who you are as a person and being who you want to be rather than what society expects.  The book sends the message of the importance of being true to oneself and that there should be no shame in choosing to love someone (even someone of the same gender).  I recommend this book and found Astrid to be a very strong admirable character.

In addition to being a RITBA Nominee, Ask the Passengers has also won:

AwardsPublishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2012, WON AWARD
AwardsLos Angeles Times Book Prizes, 2012, WON AWARD
AwardsSchool Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2012, WON AWARD
AwardsCarolyn W. Field Award (Pennsylvania Library Association), 2013, WON AWARD

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