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Ask Again Later Paperback – March 11, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—"You can't get pregnant if you don't even have a boyfriend, right?" Heart LaCoeur has spent her life trying to not end up like her mother, who had two children by age 20 and then panicked and abandoned the family. So when prom, the most romantic night of the year, rolls around, Heart and her friends decide to attend as one big group, nicknamed the "No Drama Prom-a Club." The plan falls apart when Heart is asked to the prom by two different guys-Ryan, a theater-geek friend, and Troy, her brother's jock best friend. The novel plays out both scenarios in "Heads" and "Tails" sections, allowing readers to see the outcome of each of Heart's potential dates. Throughout both story lines, Heart relies on one of her guy friends, Chase, to help her through the chaos of the night. Eventually, Heart learns that Chase has been harboring a secret crush on her. The back-and-forth story lines of the narrator's two different dates becomes confusing to follow at times, and the plot contains many YA fiction clichés (a friend coming out as gay, underage drinking, dating drama, and an absentee parent). Even so, Heart is a more-than-likable main character, and her budding romance with Chase will be relatable and win over teens, while her resolute stance on "taking it slow," even once her no-dating policy dissolves, will be appreciated by adults.—Nicole Knott, Watertown High School, CT
Heart LaCoeur (yes, that’s her name) has long-standing plans to attend prom with her best friends as part of the No Drama Proma—a crew. Then, though, her brother’s best friend Troy asks Heart to go with him at the last minute, after his girlfriend dumps him, and her friend Ryan asks her, too, while also revealing that he is gay. A coin flip seems like the best way to choose. Once the coin is tossed, the novel takes an interesting turn: in alternating chapters, the story plays out according to “Heads” (aka Troy) and “Tails” (Ryan). Complicating matters is a third boy, affectionately named Schroeder, and his story line threads through both versions of prom night. The truth is Heart is basically trapped in a prom night from hell, and readers will be eager to see if she amends her complicated “no dating” policy and gets some kind of happy ending. Toward the conclusion, the “Heads” and “Tails” versions flip fast and furiously, until the dual stories become almost indistinguishable. Czukas’ debut is pure fun; at times, readers will feel as if in a John Hughes movie—and that’s a good thing. Grades 7-12. --Ann Kelley
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As for the story I thought Czukas handled the two stories very well and I was with them the whole time. I like that Phil is kind of jerk and he doesn't redeem himself but his girlfriend does. I like that it happens in one night and if feels like some of the dances I've been to and the party feels like some of the parties I shouldn't have been to. I also really liked Schroeder and his snarky give and take with Heart. I usually don't like weird names in books but since Heart didn't like her name it makes it kind of okay.
This is a fun book that felt real and the kids feel like kids I know.
Ii was funny and fun and I will read the next book from this author.
I'm a fan!!
What worked for me was the characters… for the most part. Heart was a bit over the top at times, but she’s an actress. What do you expect? She had awkward moments a’plenty and that endeared her to me more. The jock, Troy, was a pretty flat character from my perspective. But, I don’t think he was meant to be all that interesting. Ryan, the closeted theater geek, on the other hand, was pretty interesting. He didn’t fit the stereotypical gay friend character and I appreciate that. Yes, some gay guys do actually like sports and don’t enjoy dancing. Thank you, Liz, for making him stand out a bit from the pack. Chase, Heart’s classmate and frenemy was fantastic. Their chemistry was fantastic and the banter between them was the other thing I really enjoyed about the book.
I enjoyed Liz’s writing, but I had a difficult time staying interested in the format. As you have probably guessed from the blurb above, Ask Again Later was broken into two separate storylines (heads and tails) that run concurrently. Nearly the entire book takes place on prom night. Each chapter is told from Heart’s perspective as she lives both of the options (heads and tails) to see what type of night she’d have with each guy. What she doesn’t take into account, is the third option for her night: going with her friends as she intended originally and the love connection that just might await there. The biggest problem for me was that the events of the two storylines weren’t quite different enough and it came off as a bit of a muddled mess towards the end. There were definitely some cute moments and great banter, but overall I just felt very ambivalent about it. I already knew who Heart belonged with and hopefully who she’d end the night with, so the other options didn’t really interest me.
In all actuality, this is probably a 2.5 star read, but since I don’t do half stars, I’m rounding it up to 3 stars. It was charming and a cute idea in theory, but the execution lacked a little for me. It wasn’t a bad book. It was sweet and cute and if you’re a fan of young adult contemporaries, you should probably check it out and form your own opinion. I would suggest waiting to get it from the library though.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
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