Tuesday, October 23, 2012

2012 book 300

A.S. King's Ask the Passengers
Really, really lovely book about teenaged Astrid, who's questioning her sexuality--all she knows is that she really likes kissing her coworker--but is afraid to say anything, even to her best friends--who are a lesbian and a gay guy acting as each others' beards to maintain the status quo in their small town. And her home life isn't great--her mom isn't really interested in her and her dad is always stoned, so she spends a lot of time lying in her backyard and sending love to airplanes passing overhead. The protagonist is a great character, and I love her interest in philosophy--some of the other characters are more sketchily drawn (and Justin disappears for like half the book). King really nails all the emotional stuff, though. A/A-.

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