Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

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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.
 

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A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed novel Everybody Sees the Ants, an Andre Norton Award finalist and a 2012 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults book. She is also the author of the Edgar Award-nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz and The Dust of 100 Dogs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. When asked about her writing, King says, "Some people don't know if my characters are crazy or if they are experiencing something magical. I think that's an accurate description of how I feel every day." She lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and children. Her website is www.as-king.com.
 
Published October 23, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 325 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Big-town girl stuck in a small-town world full of lies falls for another girl.

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The philosophical searching, surprising spiritual guides, and powerful observations of contemporary life that characterize previous works by King (Everybody Sees the Ants) are in full evidence in a story that’s at once much more than a coming-out novel and one of the best coming-out novels in y...

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Astrid's father loves her and tries to see things from her point of view, but her mother is self-absorbed and openly prefers Astrid's sister.

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The Book Smugglers

I loved the way that the story navigates between the very personal (Astrid’s very intimate voice) and the universal (love in all shapes and forms).

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Red Room

King is the author of the highly acclaimed ASK THE PASSENGERS, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, a 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults, and the Edgar Award nominated, 2011 Michael L.

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Red Room

King is the author of the highly acclaimed ASK THE PASSENGERS, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, a 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults, and the Edgar Award nominated, 2011 Michael L.

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Astrid's father loves her and tries to see things from her point of view, but her mother is self-absorbed and openly prefers Astrid's sister.

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The Bookish Babe

I think this will be a very powerful read for me and your review just has me even more excited to read it!.

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A Patchwork of Books

My favorite books are literary adult translations and the books I’ve read in the last years have been for work—for endorsements, mostly, which I love to do but have stopped doing because I have run out of time for reading.

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Lambda Literary

According to King’s website, she does not “discuss politics or religion.” Nor does she “write ‘gay’ books, ‘bully’ books or ‘death’ books.” Yet readers should question her plaintive statement: “I write books.” In her short publishing career, the honors, awards and accolades garnered by King’s you...

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Bookalicious

With a mom who seems to be in a world of her own, who in a lot of ways also seems to have written Astrid off, and a dad who spends most of his time stoned, Astrid is on her own in a way that both helps strengthen her, and leave her needing more.

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WAPL Teens

King has given us another thoughtful story that examines the life of one girl and how her inner world so different from the real world she lives in.

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The Horn Book

When her humanities teacher explains that learning the Socratic method “will be a time of asking questions and not rushing to answer them…a time of thinking and not knowing,” Astrid muses, “Perfect for me…I am the not knowing queen.” Socrates himself starts making periodic appearances, visible on...

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interesting interludes in strangers's lives some of the Unity Valley bigotry is hard to read about, but unfortunately, very realistic, so I guess this is really a life negative, not a book negative ...

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In Bed With Books

I'm going to check this one out as I just read and reviewed my last read for the LGBT Event and I'm looking for more books to read in this genre in the near future.

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Fiction Folio

While the focus of the book is on Astrid and her relationships, the small glimpses into the lives of the passengers Astrid is sending her love to is a great addition and breaks up the intensity of the story.

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But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers' lives - and her own - for the better.

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