Published by HarperCollins Australia on March 11, 2014
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there's only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.
Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother's best friend really be?
Tails: The theater geek...with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart's interests--even if he wants to share all his feelings?
Heart's simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all..
Ask Again Later was the fluffy contemporary I was looking for to fill in between the heavier books. It was entertaining, funny and completely adorable, featuring a quirky, clumsy character called Heart. Heart is a quirky, lovable and entertaining girl who really knows how to make you laugh. She even has a strange ‘no dating’ rule so she wouldn’t end up like her mother. Along with her clumsiness and awkwardness, she says some pretty hilarious things throughout. It’s cute how she’s completely blind to the fact about the guy that has feelings for her.
Split into two different scenarios, Heart gets asked to prom by two guys. Troy, her brother’s friend who needs a pity date after recently breaking up with his girlfriend. Or Ryan, the theatre guy who needs a cover for being gay. Although she already had plans to attend with her friends, the No Drama Prom-A, she decides that she needs to go with one of these days, and she flips heads or tails. I was consistently confused with the two different scenarios, especially when concurrent events would occur, but in the end, it didn’t really matter as everything led to the same outcome.
Dear God, whatever I did to offend you, I’m deeply sorry. Please accept my apology and deliver me from this prom-themed purgatory.
Heads: Heart in this scenario seemed to attract all the bad things. When she goes to the prom with Troy, she gets elbowed in the face, gets water knocked all over her dress, splits her dress up the back, smashes her phone against the window. The universe just seemed to be against her here, and it didn’t help how her brother Phil was a jerk to her the whole time. I’m pretty sure if my brother’s friend tried to kiss me he’d have something to say about it but nope, Phil just egged him on.
Tails: Heart clearly had lots of fun here, with plenty of entertaining banter with Ryan and even her friends taking her and her ‘date’ in. Some of the clumsiness still occurs, but not as much. I’m not sure why she couldn’t just ditch her brother’s friends when she wasn’t having fun in the first scenario, but Heart is more loyal than her brother deserves.
Many of the characters are entertaining and quirky, like Ryan who was a great friend, while others are totally cliche, like the jocks and the popular girls that are her brother’s friends. There were some parts where I rolled my eyes, with the teenage antics and high school boys being totally immature with the pranking each other, getting drunk and fighting over a girl. Other parts were completely adorable, like Heart with the guy she ends up with (even though it wasn’t half obvious from the start) and her friends looking out for her and never abandoning her.
I did have the problem with how Heart wouldn’t shut up about Ryan being gay though. She urges him to come out because “you’re not the only gay person at our school.” Ryan has entrusted her with a secret because he’s not ready to tell the whole world yet, and she doesn’t have the authority to make that decision for him.
Ask Again Later is the perfect fluffy, cute contemporary romance to pick up when you’re in the mood for something lighter. It’s not without it’s flaws, but I was able to overlook them and enjoy the book for what it was – a fluffy in-between read.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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