Monday, April 7, 2014

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas [Review]

Ask Again Later4 out of 5 Robots!

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: March 11, 2014
Hardcover: 336 Pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
My Copy: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there's only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother's best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek...with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart's interests--even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart's simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all...
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Ask Again Later is a fun, easy read.  Heart's young mother left when Heart was a baby and she refuses to become a teen mother too.  So instead she eschews dating, which she feels should uncomplicate her life.  Instead, as she discovers on prom night, it actually complicates it quite a lot.  Heart originally has plans to go to prom with her friends, but she gets two invites instead.  One with her brother's joke friend Troy.  The other with a theater crew friend.  Heart feels obligated to pick one, but can't decide.  So she flipped a coin and we follow the outcome of each date. 

While one date is decidedly better than the other, both scenarios are working towards one thing though.  As the night progress, there is a lot of lead up towards the ultimate outcome, which is admittedly sweet.  But it can also be frustrating.  Some of the characters can be annoying - whether they are willfully ignorant, unwilling to talk about how they feel, or don't take others' feelings into consideration.  But it also makes them real.  None of the characters are completely bad.  Nor are they angels. 

Overall, I thought this was fun, fluffy read and a cute premise for a prom story. 

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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