Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ask the Passengers - A.S. King (Review)

13069935Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication date:
Oct 23, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Format: Audiobook,
8 hours, 4 minutes
How I got it: My local library
Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble
My rating: 3/5  

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 thoughts:

This book follows Astrid as she is trying to figure out her life.   I listened to this book and had a hard time wanting to keep listening to the audio for some reason.  

Astrid was a complicated character for me to like.  I understand that she was going through a difficult time in her life and was having trouble making decisions, but I felt like she was bottling up way too much.   I feel like she was almost a lone solider on the battlefield.  She had a decent size support system, but just wanted nothing to do with them, which made it hard for me to like her.  I do get that she and her mother don’t have the best relationship, but her dad really seemed to try and be part of her life.  Also, she had a group of friends that after listening to the whole book I am not sure how close she was even with them.

I did really enjoy listening to the story as a whole.  The author did a great job with a complicated issue of sexual orientation and not always knowing exactly what you are because this does actually happen.   I also really liked how the author brought in a lot about the philosopher Sophocles because I feel like something philosophers are forgotten.   The story flowed very nicely and it was easy to follow along with what was going on.  

The plane portion of the book was very interesting to me.  I liked that we got sort of short stories about the passengers lives on the planes that Astrid was sending her love too.  I felt like these side stories broke up the book a bit.  My one issue with these are I wanted to get more conclusions on some of the stories I felt like I wanted answers from the passengers once they made their life decisions. 

I also enjoyed the ending of the book.  The author did a great job sort of summing up where we left off in the book.  I do feel like I have a few questions on where the relationships between the characters are going to go, but I felt very content when the book ended. 

I would suggest this as a nighttime read or listen to.  The book gave me a lot to think about and I feel like there were many natural stopping points that allowed me to take a break and consider what I listened too.


About the Author

A.S. King is the author of the highly-acclaimed I CRAWL THROUGH IT, Walden Award winner GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, REALITY BOY, 2013 LA Times Book Prize winner ASK THE PASSENGERS, 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, and 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ and THE DUST OF 100 DOGS as well as a collection of award-winning short stories for adults, MONICA NEVER SHUTS UP.

Look for Amy's work in anthologies DEAR BULLY, BREAK THESE RULES, ONE DEATH NINE STORIES, and LOSING IT. Two more YA novels to come in 2016 & 2018. Find more at

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