Release Date: March 11, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
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!
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!~
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