“Ask The Passengers” book review

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the author, publisher, or distributer of this book. I am not being paid to express any opinions. All opinions expressed are my own.

Okay, everybody. I’ve never done a book review before, so hang with me.

On my flight to Washington D.C. about  month ago, I read this book.

I read the entire thing in one sitting. I could not put it down. I laughed, I cried, and my heart was torn into one thousand tiny pieces by the time I flipped to the last page.

This is Ask the Passengers.

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Summary

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. (From Goodreads.com)

Review

This book genuinely made my heart hurt. There’s so much truth in the portrayal of a young, questioning queer girl that I could identify with, and it’s heartbreaking.

I’ve been in a reading slump for a long time, and I appreciate a book that is so good that I can’t put it down. Ask the Passengers is definitely one of those books. It’s so true and real that it feels like it could be you.

The diversity of characters and the subtle mentions of internalized homophobia made this book. Astrid does not come from the perfect family, and that makes the book all the more personal.

I really loved all aspects of this book. The plot was well thought out and true to life, the characters were full and interesting, and the story was refreshing and new. I 100% recommend this book to everyone, especially girls who are struggling with their sexuality.

Have you read Ask the Passengers? Would you like to?

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