By: Melanie | March 3, 2014 | (35) Comments

Blog Tour: Ask Again Later

Blog Tour: Ask Again LaterAsk Again Later by Liz Czukas
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 336
Source: For tour, Received in exchange for review
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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...

Thank you to the lovely people at Merp Squad Tours who made this tour possible!

My Review

It is a universal truth that a person cannot run in clogs, but that didn’t stop me from trying.

If you love banter, this book is for you. If you love cute romances, this book is for you. If you love fluffy contemporaries, this book was written for you. Ask Again Later is one of the best light contemporaries I’ve ever read. Also read in over 2 hours, so I guess that shows just how unputdownable this was. Just writing this review makes me want to go and grab out my kindle out to re-read it.

I’m just a high school student with a list for Broadway musicals and an unhealthy relationship with The Big Book of Baby Names. My copy is dog-eared, highlighted and Sharpied into complete submission. I’ve got less than a year to go until I can match my butt down to the courthouse and choose my very own name for the rest of my life.

The main character, Heart immediately presents a good impression to us readers with her snarky and vibrant attitude. She maintained this personality throughout the entire book and it was an absolute pleasure to have her as the lead. She made a rule when she was young to never get into a relationship–after her mother ditched her and her father when she was born. So when prom comes around the corner and two people unexpectedly ask her out, she has no idea who to choose. Besides, her original plan was to go with her friends–the No Drama Prom-a group. Ask Again Later was not what I had expected, in the best ways. I love how the author did not follow the typical path of multi-reality stories. That being said, this is not a sci-fi novel. Simply put, Heart can’t choose to go with either the jock or the theatre nerd so we end up seeing both sides and how they slowly meld together in the end.

Ask Again Later has the perfect mix of romance, friendship and humour. It’s not necessarily the type of humour that has you cackling on the floor but it will keep you grinning the entire time. I also love how the author doesn’t make Heart a “special” person because her odd name. Schroeder, who is part of the No Drama Prom-a group doesn’t call Heart by her real name, instead, he calls her by internal organs such as Lung, which was pretty entertaining. The two, along with the rest of the No Drama Prom-a group have the best banter. THE. BEST. And as a last add on to show how awesome this book was: there’s a gay character who was not at all stereotyped. One of my favourite characters, in fact.

Everything was pretty much spot on for this book, though I’d like to mention my problem with Heart’s brother, Phil. I get that the author purposely made him a douchebag, but he ruined my mood every time he opened his mouth. He constantly manipulates Heart into doing things she has no intention of doing. Things that only benefit him and his friends. For example, forcing her to go to prom with his recently dumped friend, Troy, as a pity date. He treated Heart like absolute trash and probably is one the the worst siblings in YA fiction that I’ve encountered. Here’s an example of how shitty Phil is when Troy was drunk and kissed Heart:

“You’re completely overreacting. It was just a kiss.”
“But I didn’t want to be him to do it.”
“Don’t be such a baby.”
“I’m not being a baby! I’m saying I want to go home.”
“Stop freaking out. You’re going to ruin prom.”
“I’m going to ruin it? Are you kidding me?”
“Heart. It was a kiss. Deal.” I curled my fingers into tight fists, barely feeling the bite of my own nails into my palms. “Don’t you even care what I want? I’m your sister.”
“Yeah, and Troy’s my friend.”

JERK. ASS. DOUCHE. DESERVES TO DIE.

Aside from the atrocity of Heart’s jerk face brother, Ask Again later was a compelling read with plenty of charm and amusement. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

~Thank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy!~

4 Stars

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About Liz Czukas

Liz Czukas is a freelance writer (on sometimes sad or boring topics), and also writes books for young adults (which are rarely sad and full of kissing). Before that, she was a nurse and she still kind of misses starting IVs.

She lives outside Milwaukee, WI with her husband, son and the world’s loudest cat. She types too loud (according to her husband), spends too much time on the Internet, and can’t get enough of disaster movies. There is *always* a song stuck in her head, and she once won a hula-hoop contest.

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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35 Responses to Blog Tour: Ask Again Later

  1. This sounds great! Love the idea of banter. Also, that first line makes me want to read Pride and Prejudice again.

    So I guess it’s kind of like Before I Fall. Eager to read this, actually πŸ™‚
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  2. I did an author interview for this tour because I wasn’t sure if I would love this book and I only read books I think I will love, not just like. But the concept obviously interested me or it wouldn’t have been on my blog. Now I am regretting not reading it. Everyone is loving it.
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  3. Siiri says:

    Not every humorous line or scene is supposed to make me LOL, so I’m very happy with the fact that this has the potential to make one smile. Eh, Phil does sound like a douche O.o I’m glad that this was otherwise a great read and I cannot wait to read this what with all the hype and everything. It sounds adorable:) Great review, Mel! πŸ™‚
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  4. Glass says:

    You pretty much described me in that first few lines.:) Great review, Melanie. I’m glad you enjoyed it that much.
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  5. Aimee says:

    I can’t wait for this one, Melanie! <3 I love contemporaries, cute romances and banter! So, based on the first paragraph of your review, I guess this book is for me. πŸ˜€ Lovely review, dear! <3
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  6. All the reviews I’ve read for this make me want to read this more and more! I do love books like this. It’s nice to get lost in something light and fun πŸ™‚
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  7. Awe this just sounds wonderful. I know a few peeps who love light, feel good contemporaries and will be sure and recommend this πŸ™‚
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  8. I can pretty much guarantee this isn’t the type of book for me, but it does sound like a lot of fun for those who enjoy the lighter contemporary novels. Great feature, Melanie!

  9. Liz Czukas says:

    Thanks so much for having me at your blog! And your review has given me the feel-goods today!
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  10. Omg I am so with you on Phil! He manipulated Heart to such extreme and infuriating extents because he was such a douchey douche. I really hated him, but I adored everything else about the book. Like Heart’s wit and snarkiness, because she had such a hilarious way of telling stories. Also, I agree, the two realities was really interesting, and stories like that have been really interesting to me so far. Fantastic review, Mellybean! Glad you liked this one πŸ™‚
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  11. Megan says:

    Sometimes I really need a quick, cute read like this one. Thanks for sharing.
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  12. I’ve heard that this is a feel-good novel and I’m glad to see you enjoyed it too, Mel. I’ll have to pick this one up when I’m in the mood.
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  13. Douchey brother aside, this book sounds super duper cute! I thin I must have it. Thanks for the review, Mel!
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  14. This books sounds really good. I love light contemporaries and cute romances. Thanks for the great review πŸ™‚
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  15. Lexa Cain says:

    I don’t usually read contemp or chick lit, but this sounds so cute, and the quotes you highlighted were so funny, that I really want to read it now!! Thanks so much for the review! πŸ™‚
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  16. Melliane says:

    Heart sounds great to discover and the cover is so cute. I think I saw it somewhere but not any reviews yet so it’s interesting. It sounds like a really nice read. thanks for the discovery.
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  17. Mel, this sounds fantastic! I love cute, light YA contemps and the idea behind this – having two plot lines – sounds great!
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  18. I want this one, preeetty badly. The cover has always caught my attention (see? insane cover-lusting going on right here) and I like the idea of it being kind of paranormal, but not quite. (Sci-fi without the commitment??)
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  19. I… I really want to read this now. It’s hard for me to be completely engrossed in a Contemporary but you made this one sound SO fricking amazing. I am salivating over it right now. I hope I can get myself an ARC, but it seems unlikely now haha. So I’ll sit here and wait patiently for March 11 to come. :”>

    Awesome review my dear!
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  20. Great review, I just love the sound of this one and the alternate realities! Reminds me of Just Like Fate which I also enjoyed. I like how this one is fluffy and explores two different pathways.
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  21. This one sounds cute except for the stupid brother. I want to punch him after reading that bit of dialogue! Haha! Great review!
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  22. Alise says:

    This one sounds like so much fun! I never gave much thought to even looking at it until you reviewed it but now I really want to read it, I like this sort of humor. Too bad about Phil, he sounds like a terrible brother, ha.
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  23. sounds cute. sometimes I do really like some light-hearted reads. And books with banter are usually loads of fun!!
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  24. Tanja says:

    This book sounds amazing and I love the sound of everything basically. From writing to characters and fast reads are always great pick-me-up. Only, well little problem is that I hardly ever enjoy light reads. I need some greater deepness to it. So glad you enjoyed this one, Mel πŸ™‚
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  25. Zoe N. says:

    This one sounds fantastic! I love light, realistic, relatable contemplates – and this sounds like just that! Plus, as a theatre fan, the acting aspect definitely sounds intriguing!

    Definitely going to have to pick this one up ASAP. As always, fabulous review Mel and thanks for sharing!
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  26. Candace says:

    This sounds lovely! I like banter, and lightness and cuteness. I’ve been craving light books lately actually. I’ll have to remember this one!
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  27. Lily B says:

    yay for well done light and fluffy books πŸ˜€ sounds like one I would really enjoy. Keep seeing awesome reviews for this one!
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  28. I had a lot of fun with this one too. So glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚
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