Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
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.
Recommended age: 14+
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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