Ask the Passengers is one of those books that has sat on my TBR list for a very long time. I finally got around to reading it yesterday and it was so good I finished it last night. A couple months back it was the book of the month for the YA book club I’m a member of, but I didn’t attend that month so I didn’t read the book. This month on Goodreads I joined a Copycat challenge. I was paired with another reader and had to choose at least 1 book on their read list. I decided it was a good time to finally read Ask the Passengers and I can’t believe I waited so long.
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
How I Acquired This Book: Library Rental
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.
(Summary from Goodreads)
I loved Astrid’s story. It was so original and different from all the mushy boy-girl relationships we always read about in books. Ask the Passengers shows what it could really be like for a teen coming to terms with their sexuality and coming out about it. On some level I was able to relate to this personally. My best friend who I have known since preschool came out our senior year of high school. Some people were accepting, some it didn’t even surprise, and some people were so against it they turned to bullying. He was called the names we always hear in society today and was even targeted in a fight all because he didn’t like girls. I felt for Astrid while she was coming to terms with her sexuality and being afraid that her parents and other people in town wouldn’t accept her.
I loved Astrid, the female lead character of the story. She was really the only character I really loved, the rest annoyed me. Her mother was, excuse my language, a complete bitch and I was constantly hoping Astrid would stick up for herself. Her sister Ellis has her moments as well. The one who really bothered me was Astrid’s “best friend”. You can assume from the quotes around best friend that she didn’t act like a best friend most of the time. There were a few other characters who were just okay, like her father, her girlfriend Dee and her friend Justin.
I loved the concept that Astrid had of sending her love to the planes flying overhead and how the passengers on the place tied in with the story as well, although it was a bit unrealistic. I was also shocked that none of the students targeting Astrid ever used God or the Bible as a reason why they believed being gay was wrong. It was refreshing though because I feel like a lot of books that deal with this topic generally have students who are trying to preach in school which I can imagine could be overwhelming for people of different faiths. I liked that A.S. King kept religion out of Ask the Passengers. Overall I enjoyed the book. I’m happy I finally read it and now wish I didn’t wait as long as I did. My next book in the Copycat Challenge is Anna and the French Kiss, another book that has been on my TBR list for a long time.
I have also received some ARCs in the past couple of days so I will be reading and posting reviews on them shortly. I will try to alternate between ARCs and already published books only because I am not an ARC only reviewer and I want to review books that are readily available to anyone. I am impatient and hate waiting for a new book to come out, and I don’t want every single one of my posts to make you have to wait to read the book as well.