March 7, 2015

Review: Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: A.S. King
Pages: 304
My Rating: ★★★★

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.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. 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.

Ask the Passengers is only my second LGBT read and although I found it contained a few popular tropes, it had extremely original elements such as magical realism. For those who don’t know, magical realism is when magical or unreal elements play a natural part in a realistic environment. I really enjoyed how A.S. King incorporated it and it was extremely well done. Ask the Passengers dealt with important issues, such as expectations in society and the pressure and stress they caused, and coming out to family and friends. Astrid was a great protagonist, she was snippy but thoughtful and I found her “sending her love” to the people on the plane very original and nicely executed. Another thing I enjoyed was how not one of the characters were one-dimensional, they were each diverse and had their own plethora of issues. After Ask the Passengers I definitely plan on reading more from A.S. King.

1 comment:

  1. I've only read Please Ignore Vera Dietz and Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King and I loved them both. She is such a talented and unique author. Her way with words is truly impressive and I love the use of magical realism in her books. I haven't read this one, but I do own it and plan on reading it very soon! :)

    Lovely review!


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