Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Pages: 336 (Paperback)
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…
First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
Talk about a half-assed book! I found myself shaking my head a lot for both good and bad reasons. But despite Ask Again Later being half-assed, it’s still a fun novel. There’s a lot of memories and events that go on in the story that held my attention, not to mention the awesome alternate reality.
I’m saying this story could have been a lot better because everything about it is just so….Half assed. I’m sorry that I can’t another word to explain it but that’s how I felt towards the whole the. Starting with the characters, every single one of them feels very shoved into the book with barely any back story. Readers will get just about a brief summary of how Heart knows a character and then that’s it. The relationships between all of the characters felt contrived and pathetic, leaving
Ask Again Later is written with two alternative realities. One where she goes to prom with her brother’s friend, Troy and one where she goes with her friend, Ryan. Pretty much right off the bat, you can tell which one is the better way to go with and I loved reading this, it solves the ‘what if’ factor that many people would be thinking about.
Liz Czukas’s debut will reside well with many young adult readers–it’s fun, light, and full of fun moments. Unfortunately, for people who might be looking for something fun and light-hearted yet properly executed, this novel isn’t it. It’s sloppily done with the characters being flimsy, forced relationships, and a setting that feels kind of shoved in there. But it’s a fun ride so that makes up for some of it.
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