Ask Again Later
by Liz Czukas
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by Harper Teen
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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.Review:
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...
Ahhhhhhhh!!! This book you guys! It’s so much fun! I didn’t read the synopsis before reading the book, or before signing up for the blog tour. Oops. I seem to do that always when a fun-looking cover is involved. BUT I’d like to report that Ask Again Later didn’t give me much room to regret that decision because I loved every moment of it! Okay, not every moment. I’d still like to slap the hell out of Heart’s asshole of a brother, but other than that, Ask Again Later is just the right book for me right now.
One thing that surprised me the most about Ask Again Later is the Sliding Doors-ish concept.
It’s implied in the summary but again, I didn’t read it before reading the book. Ouch. After reading Kasie West’s Pivot Point, I developed a slight obsession toward this concept so Ask Again Later was such a pleasant surprise. When Heart flipped the coin to decide who she should go to prom with, the readers are immediately thrown into a paralleling universe where Heart lived two scenarios, each told in alternating chapters: One where she had the jock, Troy, as her prom date, and the other, the theatre-geek, Ryan.
I loved Heart the moment the book started. One can already say that she’s witty and funny and what I love about her is that she stayed that way all throughout the story. There were moments of naiveté and maybe some stereotyping but in such a way that it’s not too annoying. As well, I’m actually kinda glad that I didn’t read the synopsis of this beforehand because it gives the impression of a love triangle. I might have avoided this if that were the case. But worry not, my friends. Ask Again Later is free from love triangles. In fact, the end couple is pretty much predictable from the start. Predictable yet surprising. Apart from Heart, I also enjoyed the other characters. I may like Ryan a lot more than Troy, but Schroeder takes the trophy here. He’s a nice guy with an enough dose of jerk and his banters with Heart are to die for. I craved for their every interaction and I love how things ended up for them.
Cute, fluffy, funny and a very easy contemporary read with a touch of supernatural. Ask Again Later is one of those books that should be taken only lightly. The characters present some views that I do not agree with but the book’s crazy fun atmosphere overrides the negative so in the end, I was left a happy reader. And because of Ask Again Later, I am now very eager to get my hands on Liz’s upcoming book Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless. *Grabby hands*
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Disclosure: This e-galley was received from the publisher (HarperTeen via Edelweiss) for free in exchange for an honest review as part of the Ask Again Later blog tour. No compensation of any kind was received for this post.
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About the AuthorLiz Czukas is a freelance writer (on sometimes sad or boring topics), and also writes books for young adults (which are rarely sad and full of kissing). Before that, she was a nurse and she still kind of misses starting IVs.
She lives outside Milwaukee, WI with her husband, son and the world’s loudest cat. She types too loud (according to her husband), spends too much time on the Internet, and can’t get enough of disaster movies. There is *always* a song stuck in her head, and she once won a hula-hoop contest.