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Ask the Passengers (Hardcover)

Author:  A. S. King
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0316194689
ISBN-13: 9780316194686
Sku: 228684411
Publish Date: 10/23/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1.25T
Pages:  293
Age Range:  18 to 21
 
Astrid Jones copes with her small town''s gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she''s sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they''ll know what to do with it.
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Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it. Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, her perfect sister's too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. There's no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she's trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love--and asking the right questions--will affect the passengers' lives, and her own, for the better.

In this unmistakably original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's boxes and definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything--and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking and sharing real love.
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Sexuality, community acceptance, and strained family relationships are all touched on in this intriguing young adult novel that reaches beyond the typical "problem novel." Despite having lived in Unity Valley for years, Astrid Jones is still considered an outsider. It doesn't help that her dad has become a serious stoner to avoid his work failures, while her mother hasn't left New York City behind with her Type A ways. And Astrid's sister, Ellis, has thrown herself in sports and social acceptance. Astrid is left with burning questions about her feelings for her co-worker Dee and what the attraction means. Despite having a closeted best friend, Astrid feels alone. Using the Socratic method, referring to Socrates as "Frank," and pouring her heart out to the people in planes flying over her backyard, Astrid finds some relief. But when her life suddenly blows up due to chance, will they still be able to help her?

Praise

"Funny, provocative, and intelligent, King's story celebrates love in all of its messy, modern complexity." (starred review) 09/03/2012

"King's thoughtful, sad, funny, and frank book is finally about paradox and will appeal to any mature teen resisting the pressure to conform or rebel; anyone who wants to define herself on her own terms; and anyone whose family life belies the 1950s sitcom myth." October 2012

"Quite possibly the best teen novel featuring a girl questioning her sexuality written in years." (starred review) 09/01/2012

"[A] furiously smart and funny coming-out-and-of-age novel." January/February 2013

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   14
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0293
Product attributePublisher:   Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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