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Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King 

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Realistic and well-portrayed angst is the feature of this feel-good story where acceptance is key. In love with another girl, Astrid struggles with honesty in a small conservative town, where eyes are everywhere and gossip rules.

I struggled with the ‘keyhole peek’ into the passengers flying above, which gave the story a disjointed feel. It seemed out of place, as though the author had the idea before and tried to mold the story around it.

3 Star

Recommended age: 14+

Title: Ask the Passengers
Author: A. S King
Publication Date:Ask the Passengers
23 October 2012
Little Brown and Company
Source: Borrowed

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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.   — Extract from Goodreads.com


  1. I’ve been on the fence about picking this one up since it came out. On the one hand, it sounds like it could be a really good book and I’ve heard a lot of praise for this author’s writing. On the other hand, though…like I love the subject of the book but the premise doesn’t really speak to me, and beg to be read.

    I am really curious as to how the whole airplane passengers come into it though. =)

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