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Astrid is a girl who is discovering her lesbian tendencies in a
The driving factor of this story is the emotion, both in the characters themselves and in the way that I reacted to the characters. Astrid is easily one of the most relatable characters I have read about. I've never been in her situation, being a a city girl who grew up fangirling over hot guys in literature (so much hotter than the guys I grew up with), but Astrid's situation is developed so well that it's easy to sympathize with her. Initially, Astrid walks around in a daze, unable to move forward or backward, and she lives through imaginary plane people that she invents to send her love to, thereby changing their lives for the better. Though she's really indecisive, I never felt the need to push her to resolve anything; in fact, I appreciate the difficult decisions that she has to make. I also appreciate the connections that her humanities Philosophy class ties into the story with the idea of motion being impossible, Socrates paradoxes, and Plato's "Allegory of the Cave." It really worked well with the story.
The supporting characters are equally compelling. Astrid's best friend Kristina seems like the perfect girl on the outside; she's a princess of the Homecoming Court, has a lot of friends, and has the perfect family. She has a secret, however; she's gay, and so is her equally 'perfect' boyfriend. She is concerned about how others view her unlike Astrid's secret girlfrirend, who has already come out and is assured of her identity. Both girls, I loved and hated at times. Then there is Astrid's family. I loathed Astrid's mother and felt disappointed in Astrid's sister and father. I'm still not quite reconciled with them to be honest, but there's potential for them to grow.
The story follows Astrid as she questions her sexual tendencies and her self identity, fixes her broken relationships with those close to her, and opens herself to love. Some things cannot be changed, like the minds of very biased people. What Astrid learns is how to express herself freely and without concern for those who will not allow themselves to learn how to accept others for who they are. As Astrid realizes, perfection may or may not be impossible; it depends on the eye of the beholder.
posted by ImaginaryReads on November 20, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Ask the Passengers is a typical coming of age novel. Astrid¿s a
I did like King’s writing. The story was fast-paced and flowed nicely. I did like that Astrid sent her love to the passengers of planes because she felt like she didn’t need it where she was and it needed to go somewhere. It was a unique idea and felt pretty special to Astrid as a character.
It didn’t make much sense to me that Astrid was questioning her sexuality. See, I feel like if Astrid wasn’t sure whether or not she was gay, she would have done a little bit more experimenting or something. I don’t feel like Astrid was questioning at all. I believe she knew the entire time that she was gay, but she didn’t want to admit it. That’s completely understandable, but I don’t think King should have tried to pass it off as her questioning herself. It felt fake. Another thing I didn’t enjoy was the little parts at the end of some chapters where you get the insight of a person on one of the planes that Astrid was sending her love to. I don’t think it added anything to the story and the first one confused me and I wasn’t really sure what was going on. Since it really didn’t add anything to the story, I think it should have been left out all together.
Overall, Ask the Passengers was a quick and mostly enjoyable read. I wouldn’t recommend it one way or the other, though.
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posted by KDH_Reviews on March 6, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2013
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“We lie there, and when a plane finally appears in the sky, I picture a cabin full of fliers getting excited about their destinations, and I ask: Isn’t it enough to be in love with Dee’s amazing eyes and the smell of her hair? Isn’t it enough that she thinks I’m funny? That we have fun when we mess around at work? Why does everything come with a strict definition? Who made all these boxes? (King,124).” Ask the Passengers is an extremely intriguing read. A.S. King takes the struggles of daily life, along with some deeper inlaid struggles and expresses the emotions connected, flawlessly. It is a psychological view of the struggle with homosexuality, and the process of discovering oneself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book is borderline offensive to the conservative reader. It has a tendency to expand on the ugly thoughts inside every sinful human being, exposing struggles that most of us would rather have put under the rug. It takes the normality of human interactions and thoughts and allows them to be fully analyzed. The book’s climax is when Astrid and her friends are caught by the police at a gay bar. This incident forces the small group’s struggles into the open and causes questions and finger-pointing to arise. Most audiences can relate to the feeling of sins being out in the open, and dealing with the natural consequences thereafter.
Eventually, Astrid learns to accept her sexuality, and have an open relationship with Dee, her girlfriend. I am a Christian, so I use the word ‘sin’ in response to my inlaid belief that homosexuality is a wrong. Overall, this book was worth the read. It has given me insight to the struggles of others, so I can learn to love every kind of person there is. It’s well-written, descriptive, and enjoyable.
Posted May 16, 2013
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