Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Posted May 10, 2015 in Book Review / 2 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
Ask the Passengers by A.S. KingAsk the Passengers by A.S. King
Published by Little, Brown and Company on October 23rd 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Gay & Lesbian, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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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.

Main points

This book was really good. I LOVED the philosophy part of it and the message. It seriously inspired me.

There were times where I was frustrated with Astrid and wanted to yell at her to stick up for herself but later I realized that she didn’t have to. She didn’t feel the need to. She was actually really good at handling things, at least school things. She had good coping mechanisms.  It was her sister that was the total wreck. Her family was just awful. Her mom was a nutcase and her sister was fickle, at least in the beginning. Her dad was the best of them, even if he was an absent-minded stoner. Her friends weren’t much better. I couldn’t make up my mind about Kristina, and Dee just seemed too much too fast. But I guess things worked out in their own way.

I feel like the best part of the book was Astrid herself. She didn’t have too much growth as a character, but her mindset was so inspiring in the face of everything. Her town was as typical small-town small-minded as you could get, but not everyone was awful. But of course it’s the awful ones that stick out and make your life hell. But she handled almost everything well, in my opinion. And I loved her philosophical thinking. Even if no one outside of her humanities class understood, it was important that she did.

This book is about labels, and not fitting into the boxes that society wants to put you in. It’s great. I haven’t read anything like it.

(Also, notice the author’s name? A.S. King. Asking. Ask the Passengers. Makes sense!!)

 reaction upon finishing

Wow!!! Yes!!!

this book in one word



About A.S. King

A.S. King is the author of the highly-acclaimed 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. She is also the author of the ALA Best Books for Young Adults THE DUST OF 100 DOGS as well as a collection of award-winning short stories for adults, MONICA NEVER SHUTS UP.

Overall: five-stars


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I’m so glad to see that you loved this one! I’ve been wanting to check it out for a while because I love A.S. King’s books. Great review! You’ve made me want to read it even more.
Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian