Written By: A.S. King.
Synopsis: Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother’s pushiness and her father’s lack of interest tell her they’re the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn’t know the passengers inside, but they’re the only people who won’t judge her when she asks them her most personal questions…like what it means that she’s falling in love with a girl.
As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can’t share the truth with anyone except the people she imagines flying over her at thirty thousand feet, and they don’t even know she’s there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers’ lives–and her own–for the better.
I really like Astrid, I think she was very funny. I will admit, that at times she was VERY immature, and I couldn’t stand it. Other than that, I really liked her. The only thing that REALLY got on my nerves was the fact that she kept denying that she was a Lesbian…Come on, the cat is out of the bag. JUST SAY IT and they will leave you ALONE! By continuing to lie, she just made everything worse.
Out of everyone Astrid knows, I thought that she would at least be able to talk to Kristina about her sexuality, seeing as Kristina was a closeted Lesbian. But then after getting to know Kristina, I see why she didn’t. Kristina has a big mouth, and she is a liar. She will do anything to save her own ass including, but not limited to throwing her BEST FRIEND under the bus. I did not feel sorry for her one bit. She could cry all she wanted to, but I don’t think I would have been able to forgive her. You never know when she will need to cut you off at the knee again. Or if I did decide to forgive her, nothing would be the same. I wouldn’t trust her with anything.
Also, I should have known something was up with her and Justin. There was just something weird about them…
Her parents were something else. I hate when people are the most racist/homophobic/Against everything that isn’t them, until they get called on it! Claire (Her Mom) is the biggest hypocrite EVER, and her dad Gerry (why is it spelled like that!?), was just absent. I know he was there physically, but he was too busy getting high to look around and see what is going on. The mom treated him like shit, he must think that he deserves it, because he just sat there and took it. Wake up SIR! One of the most ridiculous things to hear is when someone has something awful to say about someone, and then when they get looked at funny they want to say something like ‘Oh, I like the gays, I have PLENTY of gay friends’ or, my FAVORITE… ‘ It’s okay, I have BLACK friends’…
Please STOP! Also, you cannot justify the way Claire treated Astrid on a daily basis. Yes her sister Ellis was having her issues, but she can’t just shut out her other daughter. Most of the time she acted as if Astrid wasn’t even there, Astrid would say something and it was like it went in one ear and out of the other.
AND…I’m sorry, but WHY IS ASTRID’S MOM TEXTING HER FRIEND!? That is too much! And why was Kristina texting with her like it’s not weird. If you want to be her mom’s friend then just be her mom’s friend. That is just too weird! 😯
I didn’t really care for the way the passengers from the plane were incorporated in the story. I mean, I did like their stories, but I just didn’t feel like they were really necessary. Astrid’s story was good on it’s own, the passengers didn’t help, or bring it down, but I still think the tie in was unnecessary. It kind of gave it a magical feel that I didn’t like. Everything was realistic until one lady heard her talking to her on the plane…and I was like what’s going on!? I don’t know…I just wish that didn’t happen. 😐
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, and I didn’t want to put it down! I gave Ask The Passengers, 4 Stars. 😀