Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
Ask Again Later
By: Liz Czukas
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Rating: 2 stars
|Summary: 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…
Review: Ahhh, I wish I had known that this book was one of those that has paralleling stories that show how two different scenarios would play out. I’m not a fan of those, although I do have to give Czukas props for the way she weaved the two paths together. The book had one ending, and Czukas had a way of writing all the major details and events into both scenarios – and make them work.
Overall, it was an okay read – light and fun, but at the same time, there were things that I didn’t really like about it. First of all, it’s not hard to tell how the story was going to play out by the end, but Czukas did not make HIM a very likable character.
Also, I felt Ryan told Heart his secret because he felt she was trustworthy and easy to tell. But I thought she was so inconsiderate how she reacted, how she kept stereotyping (although Czukas does point out that she’s doing so) and how she kept bringing up that he was the worst ever. And with Troy, he’s supposed to be a heartbroken but lovable oaf, but instead being a psychotic jerk.
And I really didn’t get why Czukas made such a big deal with the name thing. Authors have the power to name their characters anything in the world, and I’ve never understood why they would name their characters something that the characters hate. But if Czukas was going to do that make it relevant. Instead, she just used it as some weird lead-in with Chase calling her by body parts (ewww, I would HATE being called Pancreas – total turnoff). And calling him Schroeder when his name is hardly even close.
To be fair, the two-star rating is partly because of I’m not a fan of the style and partly because I didn’t really care for any of the characters, nor did I like the whole name thing. It just wasn’t cute enough for me to give it any more stars.