Review: Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

November 6, 2014 Raquel Romero 0 ½

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
Publication Date: March 11th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback

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.

Hello, Cuteness. Thy name is Heart LaCouer. I love contemporary YA novels like Ask Again Later for the simple reason that they give you a chance to breathe. I picked up Ask Again Later at the RT convention earlier this year, and now Im kicking myself for not picking up an ARC of Top Ten Clues Youre Clueless when I had the chance.

Unlike many novels about Prom, Ask Again Later delves right into the action. Heart isnt into the dating scene. So whats the best plan for Prom involve going with a group of her closest friends. Yet two weeks before the big night, Heart finds herself with two new potential Prom dates: her brothers best friend, a.k.a. a jock, or Ryan, one of her fellow theater geeks. As the story unfolds, we get to see how the night plays out with both dates, and what ensues is a night of laughs and revelations.

Heart is the kind of friend that you want to have by your side. Shes hilarious, snarky and downright sassy at times. Shes also a bit oblivious concerning a certain guy, yet I couldnt help but to love her. Right from the start, we know that neither dates are potential love interests, which makes this novel that much more interesting. Heart LaCouer doesnt date. At. All. After being abandoned by her mother at a young age, Heart has no desire to get involved with someone and end up like her mom. So she doesnt date, and she makes that clear for everybody. I dont wanna give away anything about that certain guy, but I will say that I loved him!

Ill also say this: Liz Czukas has made me a fan with her debut! Ask Again Later is everything I love about contemporary YA novels: funny and heart-warming to its core.


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