Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything

by Molly E. Lee

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Overview

"Ask Me Anything isn't just any YA romance. This is a badass YA romance…" -Hypabale.com

I should’ve kept my mouth shut.

But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kickass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.

And holy hell, the site went viral overnight. Who knew this school was so hard up.

Now the school administration is on a war path to shut me down, and they have Dean—my coding crush—hot on my trail. If he discovers my secret, I could lose his trust forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.

Ask me anything…except how to make things right.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640636583
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 270,952
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her romance novels: the Grad Night series and the Love on the Edge series. She is a 1001 Dark Nights Discovery Author for 2017. Molly writes adult and young adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English bulldog, Molly loves hiking, enjoying the outdoors around her mountain home, and digging for treasures in antique stores. Visit her online at https://www.mollyelee.com.

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Ask Me Anything 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 28 days ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed and advanced copy of this book, received through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Set in a private high-school with an approach to sex-education taken from the last century, a teenage girl tries to fight it from virtual anonymity. Ask Me Anything is an entertaining read. However, in my opinion, what stands out the most and what gives depth and value to the story, is precisely ‘Ask Me Anything’. Overall, it might be a little cliché, but good. As I said, the main frame of the story is pretty cliché. Drama, tears, a sickly-sweet teenage romance and a dose of rebellion against adults happening at a fast rate, an effective recipe, but nothing that we have not seen before. Then there is Amber's blog, ‘Ask Me Anything’, born out of her frustration and desire to fight for justice. What starts as an anonymous blog about sex education quickly grows to address a wide variety of topics: consensual sex, sexual and gender identity, feminism, racism, etc. Amber's answers are a reflection on current issues that I am glad to see included in young adult literature. While the main idea of the story is commendable, its importance is reduced by the adolescent drama that accompanies the development of the blog. On the other hand, I could not connect with the characters. Although Amber presents herself as a strong female character, the story does not offer enough information to understand her and be part of her growth. Dean turned out to be an insipid character, simply presented as the perfect boy for Amber. Amber's mother had a lot of potential, but she only appears at very specific moments. It could have had a great weight in the novel when dealing with some of the issues addressed, she remains a mere prop.
Gabrielle Hyde 4 months ago
I received an ARC of this novel from Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. This YA novel focuses on two students that attend a prestigious school and are the school best coders/hackers, Dean and Amber. The school, an "abstinence only" sex-ed focused school, is starting to get on their nerves, and when Dean and Amber start seeing things that the principal is doing as harmful and unjust, they decide to challenge each other to find a way to get back at them. Amber's plan: Build an anonymous blog that answer sex-based questions for people that don't have other means to get the questions answered. But while Amber wants to do this good and maybe take things further with Dean, her last relationship is a constant thorn in her side, threatening to ruin everything for her. This novel was amazing. It had some amazing commentary on the atrocity that is the U.S. Sex-ed system, and truly provides better advice than most schools do. The relationship of Dean and Amber was organic a great slow-burn. Unlike many other male YA characters, Dean was incredibly sensitive and caring to Amber, and was careful with her feelings. He never pressured her into anything, and it made my heart happy to see a male character who wasn't a jerk. It was incredibly refreshing and satisfying. I don't know why this novel had received such little traction, as I think it is something that everyone will enjoy and find amazing. The commentary especially is a great selling point, and I hope that it becomes a bigger sensation soon. Rating: 5/5 stars
beckymmoe 5 months ago
Ask Me Anything gave me all the feels. I loved Amber, and I loved, loved, loved Dean. Fully 100% of their hacking stuff went totally over my head; I have no clue if any of that stuff made sense, though it sounded pretty darn exciting. But the relationships? The blog? The way characters stood up for the people they loved and what they thought was right? LOVED. The principal is more than a little over the top--he's practically twirling his mustache and cackling as he runs around perpetuating his evil deeds--and Amber's parents are equally OTT awesome, but as complaints, they really don't hold a candle to the rest of the story. I mean, it is YA fiction, so... Trigger warnings--there's discussion/depiction of sexual assault, abusive relationships, teen pregnancy, blackmail, and attitudes about teenage sexuality that somehow manage to be archaic and scarily applicable today at the same time. That said, Amber and her blog really do a fantastic job of dealing with all of these challenges (and more!) head on. Honestly, I wish we had something like this--both the book and the blog--when I was in high school... Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
TichBrewster 6 months ago
I loved this book so hard! It was wonderfully written and captivated me from the first line. Once I opened the book it devoured me and it still holds me in its grip. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to reading more of her work. Dean and Amber face many circumstances that most of us relate to on some level. I love that Amber seeks to give solid advice to teens with real questions. I remember being a high school student and asking those same questions. The hacking was super fun to read, normally I shy away from books that mention hacking but this one was amazing!
2kasmom 6 months ago
Amber goes to a high school where sex ed is treated almost as a joke. She has friends who sincerely want answers to their questions. She also has a mom who writes romance fiction and is not afraid to answer such questions. Dean is a new friend that just happens to be hot. The fact the he is attracted to Amber is both a plus and a minus. She has sworn off dating right now, after the last creep she went out with. How can he convince her to be more? This was such an interesting story. Right from the beginning, I was sucked in by the humor and compelling issues that surround the main characters and sets the tone. I loved the pace going nice and fast. I loved the fact that the nerds here are good looking and felt this story was quote original. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book was quite hit and miss for me. There were moments I loved and completely loved the action happening and others that I wanted to put this down and never pick it up again. My main issue was with Dean as he seemed to coerce her into a relationship at first and the attraction felt one-sided and a bit creepy. If it was not from his perspective, I probably would have enjoyed it more and found the romance side better. Amber was a fine main character but she had moments where she felt underdeveloped and a bit wishy-washy. This is not a bad book, just confused about what the message is. It could have been written without the romance and Amber and her friend would have stood out more, the romance really was an unnecessary distraction
etoile1996 6 months ago
at wilmont academy abstinence-only education is the only way to talk about sex. never mind that the student populace is left confused and underinformed about sex, relationships and how to keep yourself safe from assault, pregnancy and other stds. ask me anything opens at the annual student lecture about how sex is all that is wrong with the world, and our heroine, amber is so over this attitude. but she's not sure how to make things better for her friends. or for herself really. until recently she had a boyfriend, but after he assaulted her at a party she's struggling with trust, safety, and guilt. for a young adult novel, the way the characters talk about and experience sex is open and upfront, so if that isn't what you are looking for in your young adult fiction, then this is probably not the book for you. that being said, the openness and honesty about sex and the consequences of sex and nonconsensual sexual situations is absolutely wonderful. when dean (amber's male hacker counterpart) challenges amber to a white hat challenge to wilmont's evil principal, ed tanner, amber starts up a blog that allows the student body at large to comment and ask questions about anything. amber has an erotic romance author mom and a psychologist dad to help her figure out the correct way to handle some of the tricky questions sent her way. but when the blog comes to tanner's notice, he blackmails dean into helping him dox the anonymous blogger, inadvertently pitting him against amber. some of the tension comes from the fact that the leads keep a lot of information from one another, which is somewhat ironic in a book that aims to be open and honest about interpersonal communication especially in romantic relationships. and there is this prologue scene that i would have begged the author to cut if i'd been editing this, because it's so completely unnecessary and useless. the same scene is included later in the text. those are my least favorite kind of prologues. and i already hate prologues in general. i'd tell most readers to just begin with chapter 1, honestly. skip the prologue you don't need it and it kind of spoils the dark moment. but other than that, i actually really, really loved this book. amber and dean are just so great together. and even in the dark moment where he says some pretty harsh things, you kind of get it because he's been blindsided twice in a short span of time, and his betrayal looks worse than it is. oh and as much as i hated the prologue, the epilogue in this book is really sweet. **ask me anything will publish on may 7, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Read in one sitting - brilliant!! I'm much older than the young adults Ask Me Anything is aimed at - but I have to admit to absolutely loving this book! Amber Henderson and Dean Winters are two of the best computer coders at their school. Circumstances bring them together at Coding Club, and they decide to go against each other in a hacking challenge, to see which one of them can rile up the Principal the most. Principal Tanner is stuck in the dark ages and still operates an abstinence only policy at the school. This is when the idea of a website called ‘Ask Me Anything' comes to Amber! Inviting students to ask her any questions about sex they might have. And from that moment on things change dramatically for Amber, Dean and the other students at the school! A fantastic book, I would highly recommend – a definite 5 star read!!
SaraOxo 6 months ago
Ask Me Anything by Molly E Lee a five-star read you would ask anything for. I really didn’t know what to expect with this one, I started it and enjoyed it, but then all of a sudden I couldn’t put it down, the competitive edge took over and I couldn’t help myself I had to finish this no matter the time. I am not the target audience for this story as I finished high school many moons ago (back when the internet was a new thing), but I did attend a Catholic school that had the highest teen pregnancy rate in all of Europe at the time and they still didn’t believe that we needed to know more much like Tanner in this story. I know people who would have killed for something like this website, Much like Amber I was one of the lucky ones and my mum was one of the best I could ask for, my only wish was that I had a Dean of my own as he made this story so sublime.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 6 months ago
I knew from the author's reasoning for writing the book when I heard about it, as well as the topic and knowing that the main character had experienced something similar to what I experienced when I was younger, that this book was right up my alley. This did not prepare me for how good this book really turned out to be. The story was so realistic. The way certain people acted, the fellow students, to the types of questions people might have, as well as even when they're answered a certain way, some people still wanting to blame and pretend that she said something different that caused them their problem. I'm not a coder or anywhere close to being like one, but I enjoyed a lot of that part of the story. I could definitely relate to getting so sucked into what they were doing with what they loved, as I do with many things in my life. The way that Amber felt that liking something now was wrong when she had told the other guy no, the guilt, all of that is realistic. But it was even more than just this specific issue that made this a great story. There was how strong Amber was, and how Dean knew it, recognized it, respected it, and even told her that's part of what he liked about her without being patronizing. It was even so realistic how he reacted at the end of the story, but especially because we got his inner dialogue and feelings on the issues, and knowing what he knew about her totally fell into all of it and his final decisions. Honestly, I can't wait to put this one in my school library to share with students. Not only did the website answer honestly, Amber used research from experts and adults to answer things, but also always told them that this was an opinion, and they should try to talk to parents or girlfriend/boyfriends before they did anything on their own. It was very well thought out and exactly the thing that is needed these days with all of the experts and fake news and clickbait news stories out there.
Stephanie NicuNurse 6 months ago
Ask Me Anything is Molly E. Lee’s new teen/YA (young adult) novel that I fell completely in love with. I used to say that I wasn’t a huge teen/YA fan. I’m still not a huge teen/YA fan in general, but when it comes to this author’s words, I AM a huge fan, whether it’s teen/YA or not. Molly has an amazing talent for writing adventurous characters who take you on wonderful journeys throughout the story. Her Love on the Edge series hooked me on her writing style, and I haven’t looked back since. (Seriously...go check that one out, too!) Even her teen/YA characters are full of depth and are not what we’d consider “typical” teenagers of today. And Amber and Dean are no different. Dean is the guy we all wanted our high school boyfriends to be. He’s smart, kind, popular, good-looking, and just an all around great guy. He has goals and dreams he’s not afraid to work hard to make a reality. And Amber is smart, sassy, beautiful, and strong, even when she doesn’t think she’s strong. Both of them are computer coders (and how about that cover, guys? Isn’t it amazingly beautiful??!!), and together the could literally rule the world one day. Thankfully, their moral compasses are pointed in the right directions. I loved everything about this story. The messages woven throughout the pages, how both Dean and Amber are fighting for the greater good, and how good they are together. And the details of the blog posts on the pages, to include ones on simulated phone screens, were a very, very cool (and very well done) touch. NICUnurse’s Rating: I would love to go on and on about this story. And I absolutely could fill up a ton more space with my words about how much I loved this story, but I hate giving spoilers. This story is just too good to spoil! Even if you are like me and aren’t a huge teen/YA fan, this book is the one that might change your mind! It pretty much solidified my love of Molly E. Lee’s words, and I give it an enthusiastic 5 stars!
onemused 6 months ago
"Ask Me Anything" is a book with a lot to unpack. Amber and Dean attend a private school which is well-known for its educational standards and which is also conservative, teaching only abstinence only sex education. After talking to her BFF who is sexually active and needs a safe space to ask questions, Amber has an idea. When she also makes a bet with Dean to do something big with their hacking skills in their senior year, Amber decides to make a blog where teens at their school can safely and anonymously ask questions that aren't covered by their lacking sex ed classes. With her father being a teen psychologist and her mother a romance novelist, Amber is lucky to have two supportive and caring parents to go to for information- she may as well use that information to help others. Dean is being blackmailed by the principal to help with uncovering the person behind the Ask Me Anything blog so that his sister's prank won't be exposed. It turns out the principal has been blackmailing a lot of students to do things for him and keep his well-paid position where it is. Dean has long had a crush on Amber, and she has one on him also- however, there's a psychological block to them getting together. One that they will need to work through with support. As they get to know each other better, their feelings and relationship grow. I would add some warnings for sexual assault (attempted and actual, multiple stories with varying degrees of detail) as well as teen pregnancy. This book contains some really big and important issues which are facing teens and young people- beyond assault/consent, there is also coming out, navigating parental relationships, facing sexism, and even some points about racism/feminism. It is all handled really well through the context of the blog. Amber is dealing with some issues on her own, but luckily, she has absolutely incredible parents who are such a great model and really help her to work through them and understand the world around her. It is always great to see such a healthy parent-child relationship and to see young people getting the support they need. The book itself is also a great source of information and thought-provocation through the posts on the blog. The book spends a lot of time on the relationship building between Amber and Dean, and I would have preferred to have even more of the blog (though their relationship is really sweet and cute). I would have liked to see more psychological support for Amber in terms of a professional, but I think this was a pretty accurate portrayal of the way things usually go. Her support from parents was top notch and was great to see, regardless. Overall, this is a strong and interesting story about students who try to help each other as well as about sex ed. This is a great book for fans of contemporary YA romance and older teens. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.