I received this book for free from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-03-11
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: HarperTeen via Edelweiss
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Sixteen Candles meets Sliding Doors in this hilariously charming and irreverent YA debut. Fans of realistic teen fiction like Lauren Barnholdt's Two-Way Street and Sarah Mlynowski's Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) will love Ask Again Later's pitch-perfect tale of prom night drama—with a twist.Heart LaCoeur has zero interest in a messy high-school romance, no matter what her name suggests. That's why she's decided to avoid prom angst by going with a group of single friends. And that's why, when two surprise prom invites derail her brilliant plan, Heart takes the only foolproof, drama-free solution: a coin flip—that somehow gives her the chance to live out both prom nights. Heads or tails, where they both end up might be the most surprising thing of all. . . .
Guys, I seriously enjoyed this book. It was so refreshing and fun and adorable. It was exactly the book I was looking for to break my reading slump and remind me that fun books are good too.
In Ask Again Later we meet Heart. Heart is a junior in high school with her prom coming up. In a weird turn of events, she ends up with two invites to prom even though she had already agreed to go with a group of friends and keep the pressures of prom to a minimum. When she is unable to decide which invitation to accept, she turns to a coin flip and the readers are shown how each side of the coin plays out. It was a fun way to see prom night unfold from two different storylines and then see them converge at the end. It was nice to see Heart come to the same conclusions in two different ways and see how they lead her to the big moment at the end of the book. Because of Heart’s past, which she explains in the book, she doesn’t date. But as the night progresses, she starts to think that maybe her approach to dealing with her past might be completely wrong. Ask Again Later provided just the right amount of drama and personal growth for the characters without becoming too heavy. It had a perfect balance of humor and serious as well as a good dose of the ridiculous. It felt perfect for a book about prom.
If there was anything I would wish that could have been different in this book it would be for Heart to have made up her mind and stood up for herself earlier than she did. A little backbone and decisiveness never hurt a girl. I wish she could have made a choice between Troy and Ryan on her own, though then the whole setup of the book wouldn’t have worked out and I did enjoy that part, but I like to see girls who aren’t afraid to make up their mind and decide what’s best for them instead of what everyone around them wants. I also wish, even more than that last thing, that she had stood up to her brother about several things. Her brother was a jerk, whether intentionally or not, whether drunk or not, it doesn’t matter. Siblings should look out for each other and behavior like his shouldn’t just be excused away. It isn’t like he’s a horrible person in the book, just not as good a brother as one would like to see.
If you’re looking for a fun, light contemporary romance, I highly recommend Ask Again Later. You should be prepared for great dialogue, ridiculous situations, and a few frustrating characters. Also, you should know this is a high school contemporary romance about prom, so it is a bit predictable. But even so, it was really fun and fast and well thought out and the romance is very cute. Pick this up for a great spring break read or for anytime you need a quick, fun read.