June 18, 2018

Review: Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

Title: Ask Again Later
Author: Liz Czukas
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release date: March 11th 2014

Rating: 3.5/5

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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...

Heart is a young girl in high school, she has a policy of not going out romantically with anyone, because she wants to avoid her mother's mistakes at all costs, so for the Prom, she decides to go with her group of friends and avoid dramas, but at the last minute her brother volunteered her to be the date of his best friend Troy, who has recently been dump by his girlfriend. Troy is an athlete, who has always been good to Heart, but she does not feel any kind attraction to him, which makes him a possible good date. But on the other hand Heart receives a proposal the same day to go to the dance with Ryan, a friend, she likes him but she does not feel any kind attraction towards him and after he tells her a secret, he´s also a possible good date for the dance.

And what does Heart do to decide between them? Throw a coin in the air and if its heads she will go with Troy and if its tails she will go with Ryan. Heart throws the coin and we never see how the coin falls, so in the subsequent chapters the story alternates in parallel between what would happen if it was Ryan or Troy. Personally, I like the stories of alternating or parallel realities very much in the style of Pivot Point by Kasie West, Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick or the movie Sliding Doors, where we see the classic "what if".

Ask Again Later is a contemporary novel with a funny, adorable story (one reality more than another) with a light romance, some drama, but nothing heavy. The plot has some aspects that irritated me, but nothing that I could not overcome. The book has a good ending, is what I expected and I recommend it when they want to read a light YA book.

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