Title: Ask Again Later
Author: Liz Czukas
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 006227239X (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-062272393 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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…
Quick & Dirty: Really fun contemporary read full of humor, drama, and cute romance. This is one of those books that you can just fly through and be entertained for a few hours.
Opening Sentence: Before she left, my mom gave me three things: (1) her wedding ring, (2) a closet full of kick-ass vintage clothes, and (3) the worst name in the world.
Heart has a very strict no dating policy. Her mother left when she was just a baby and Heart was always told it was because she felt like she was too young to have kids. To avoid making the same mistakes, Heart has decided to just cut out dating all together then she will never turn out like the woman she resents. Prom is coming up and Heart is planning on going with all of her geeky drama friends and she knows that she is going to have a blast but she gets two very unexpected invites by two very different guys.
Troy just got dumped by his long time girlfriend and already bought nonrefundable tickets to prom. He is best friends with Phil, Heart’s brother. Her brother offers her as a last minute date, and Heart feels terrible for Troy. She doesn’t really fit in with the popular crowd, but she doesn’t want to disappoint her brother either.
Ryan is a sweet boy that works with the costumes and sets for all the school plays. He has always been on the shy side, so Heart is very surprised when he asks her to prom. She knows that she would have fun with him, but she doesn’t want him to get the wrong idea about anything happening between them.
Heart is torn about what she should do, so she decides to leave it up to fate and flip a coin. As luck would have it, she ends up being able to live out both dates and see how different they would have been. But no matter which boy she goes with, she seems to find herself with the same ending, which is was different than she could ever imagine.
Heart is a total cutie and I adored her. She has some interesting ideals in her head about dating, but at the same time I can understand wanting to avoid getting hurt. She loves acting and goofing off with her friends. She is also very tender hearted and she tries really hard to please everyone, which is hard in her situation. I loved that she was your typical teenager with her own unique flair. It made her easy to connect with, but not boring.
This is one of those books that are just pure fun. You don’t have to put a lot of investment into it, and it only took me a few hours to breeze right through it. There were some pretty hilarious moments, and some cute parts that made me smile. There really wasn’t a lot of depth to the story, but sometimes you just need a light easy read that will entertain you without taking a toll on your emotions, and Ask Again Later is the perfect book for this situation. The writing was very entertaining and I look forward to reading more books from Czukas in the future. Overall, I thought this was a really fun book and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a cute read.
He shot me a confused look, which melted the instant he saw me fit the coin against my bent thumb. “You’re not seriously flipping a coin over this,” he hissed.
“Do you really think fate is going to guide you or something?”
“I don’t believe in fate. This is pure statistics.”
“So, what is it? Chuck E.’s head you come with us, tails you go with one of them?”
“Nope.” I waited until Mr. Lenier turned to write on the board again and flicked my thumb, sending the coin up.
Tokens are lighter than quarters, as it turns out, and the thing flew up in the air almost to the ceiling. I gasped as it clattered once—too loudly—against the edge of the lab desk before falling to points unknown.
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Ask Again Later. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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