A.S. King has written yet another absolutely brilliant book. Ask the Passengers is emotional and true and it imaginatively addresses all of the angst, heartache, and wonder of discovering yourself and learning how to deal with the pressures of family and society without giving into them. Astrid is a conflicted yet strong character; she's a bit sarcastic and very smart, and she is slowly figuring out what she wants and what she’s willing to open up to people. Astrid knows that being gay doesn't completely define her, and she must figure out a way to come out on her own terms, without anyone else telling her how to think or feel. Throughout this process, she must learn how to stand up for herself, deal with her parents' disinterest, her best friend's lies, and even her girlfriend's pushiness. The characterization is excellent, and King drops little gems of surprising wisdom throughout the book that will make you ponder love, acceptance, and tolerance. Ask the Passengers is inventive, important, a little weird, and beautifully written; it is King's best book yet.
Cover Comments: I love this cover--the use of light, the colors, the perspective. Everything it pretty but not conventionally so.
Review copy provided by publisher.