Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas is a fun and fluffy YA book.

Heart has plans for a drama-free prom: she's going with a group of friends, and they've dubbed it the "No Drama Prom-a." Then Ryan from French class asks her to go "just as a friend," and her older brother asks her to go with Troy, one of his friends who has just gotten dumped. Heart's not romantically interested in either of the two guys, but there are good reasons to go with either of them, and she knows her friends won't mind if she backs out on their group. But which should she choose? Her best friend's Magic Eight Ball is no help. Heart decides to settle it by flipping a coin. That coin toss will result in her actually experiencing the prom from both standpoints simultaneously.

This book is plenty of fun, with lots of humor and snark. Heart doesn't take the whole prom thing too seriously, and there's a romance that readers will see coming but still cheer for as the story plays out. I wasn't sure how the "two proms at one time" thing would work, but I think it came together fairly well (there was some rapid-fire switching back and forth near the end of the book that kind of lost me), and I liked the way that certain key things happened in both timelines, but in slightly different ways. If you like this sort of light reading, you should give this book a try.

(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher.)

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