[Review] Ask the Passengers, by A.S. King

[Review] Ask the Passengers, by A.S. KingAsk the Passengers by A.S. King
Published by Little Brown on September 2013 (first published October 2012)
Genres: LGBT+, Young Adult
Pages: 293
The verdict: five-stars
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Astrid Jones lives in small Unity Valley, where every little - or big - thing becomes the talk of the town.

This book, from Astrid’s perspective, tells us about her struggles with her sexuality and the gossip in a small town. And admittedly the book fooled me the first few pages. I was afraid it was going to be another “girl meets girl” cliché. In a way that’s what this book is, BUT it’s also so much more. An amazing, quirky, young adult meets lgbt novel!

It’s reality and setbacks but it’s so darn hopeful and positive at the same time. It’s funny and clever and thoughtful. It doesn’t judge. It’s about Astrid Jones but it’s about so much more than Astrid. It’s a book I can identify with, and I’m sure I’m not alone. It’s exactly the kind of novel that I wish I had read when I was a teen.

I managed to make the book sound entirely like a cliché… But I’m not stopping here.

Ask the Passengers

LGBT MonthThere’s a wonderful little twist of magical realism (actually more than one) that works ridiculously well. Astrid feels she has no one near her to give her love to, so she sends her love up to ‘the passengers’ in the overflying airplanes. And so we get to know the passengers, just a little.

I adored this book from the start! The best I’ve read in the genre so far 🙂


  1. THAT picture!! *drools* (btw, I love taking “cloud pictures” from airplane windows too)
    I don’t always like quirky characters but I’m glad this one is not a cliché story. “hopeful and positive at the same time.” – Now THAT sounds like something I’d love. 🙂
    “sends her love up to ‘the passengers’ in the overflying airplanes” That’s interesting, I actually just bought another LGBT book where the main character prays to airplanes…
    Great review!!
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    • C.

      I take very few but the view this time was too amazing to pass up!

      Ohh which book is that? Interesting that two books have that aspect going on… Definitely read Ask the Passengers though, I really loved it 🙂 +++ would recommend!

  2. Isa

    I’ve heard amazing things about A.S King’s writing and I have one of her books on my TBR. Ask the Passengers sounds intriguing and I’ve always liked the concept and your mention of magical realism pulls me in, I’m hoping to read this book this year. I’m happy your enjoyed it.
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    • C.

      Which book have you got on your shelf? I must say I picked this book up mostly for its content but I really enjoyed King’s writing style so I will probably check out the rest of her writing 🙂

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