Rating: 4/5 stars.
Astrid Jones sends her love to strangers. She gives it away to passengers in the sky, because that’s the only way she’ll be free. Her demanding, over-controlling mother talks at her, her dad does crack, and her sister worries too much about her reputation to be of any help. Living in a small town has its downsides, and Astrid realizes just how damaging those downsides are when she finds herself falling in love – with a girl.
What a voice. Astrid’s perception of her surroundings struck me as wise yet authentic; her narration has a relaxed that endured her to me. Through her I witnessed the conflicts within a dysfunctional family and a small town. Ask the Passengers is the wonderful story of a questioning young protagonist searching for her place in the world, and A.S. King’s writing supplemented the adventure. The inclusion of philosophy and other quirks within the story make it a unique one amongst the YA LGBT canon.
I also appreciated the magical realism in Ask the Passengers. Magical realism is usually hit or miss for me, so I’m glad that King’s subtle use of it in this novel only added to its overall appeal.
Overall this wasn’t the most original, earth-shaking coming of age or coming out story I’ve ever read but I enjoyed it. Even though this is my first A.S. King book I can tell she’s a force to be reckoned with in the YA genre.