Ask Again Later

Paperback | March 11, 2014

byLiz Czukas

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Sixteen Candles meets Sliding Doors in this hilariously charming and irreverent YA debut. Fans of realistic teen fiction like Lauren Barnholdt's Two-Way Street and Sarah Mlynowski's Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) will love Ask Again Later's pitch-perfect tale of prom night drama—with a twist.

Heart LaCoeur has zero interest in a messy high-school romance, no matter what her name suggests. That's why she's decided to avoid prom angst by going with a group of single friends. And that's why, when two surprise prom invites derail her brilliant plan, Heart takes the only foolproof, drama-free solution: a coin flip—that somehow gives her the chance to live out both prom nights. Heads or tails, where they both end up might be the most surprising thing of all. . . .

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Sixteen Candles meets Sliding Doors in this hilariously charming and irreverent YA debut. Fans of realistic teen fiction like Lauren Barnholdt's Two-Way Street and Sarah Mlynowski's Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) will love Ask Again Later's pitch-perfect tale of prom night drama—with a twist.Heart LaCoeur has zero inte...

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Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in 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 ca...

Liz Czukas is a freelance writer living outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is also the author ofAsk Again Later. She collects college degrees she doesn't use, types too loud, and always has a song stuck in her head.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:March 11, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006227239X

ISBN - 13:9780062272393

Customer Reviews of Ask Again Later

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect book to get you in the mood for Prom! I always start my contemporary reviews stating “you guys know how much I love contemporaries, right? So when I heard about *book title*, I knew I had to get my hands on it.” I guess this calls for a better introduction. Here goes nothing: Do you guy like books about : Prom? with two dates? How about a cute story? ALTERNATING TIME-LINES, anyone?! Realistic teenage portrayal? A freakin’ awesome ending? If you answer is: “SHELLY WHAT IS THIS FREAKIN’ AWESOME BOOK YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT?!” Then you have come to the right place! Ask Again Later has all of those things AND MORE! (Did that sound like a cheesy commercial to anyone else?). I read all the buzz about this book and I’ll admit, I thought that this book was too good to be true. I’m always looking for awesome contemporary novels with a unique premise and this one was right up my alley. I was bookshopping when I spotted a pretty little paperback of this one and I KNEW that I had to get it. I managed to read it a week later and I am seriously in love with this book. I should probably get to the actual review right now, yes? As you all know, I love character-driven books. If I can’t connect with the main character, I can’t connect with the story. Luckily, Heart was such an awesome character (yes, her name is Heart) that I was able to enjoy the story. Heart was just a delight to read about. Although I was very annoyed with her. MILD SPOILER ABOUT WHY: View Spoiler » I loved the prom time-line. Basically, Heart has two dates that she can choose from. To choose, she flips a coin. The readers get to follow what would happen if it landed on ‘heads’ and if it landed on ‘tails’. At the end of the book, the two stories merge PERFECTLY in what I can only call a frickin’ prom miracle. Since we know it’s a prom story, THERE ARE CUTE GUYS INVOLVED. I am glad to confirm that yes there were cute guys. Yes, I did ship it very hard. No, I will not say who because that ruins the magic. And yes, SWOONING IS TO BE EXPECTED WHEN READING THIS BOOK. Overall, Ask Again Later was just a delight to read and a super unique story. I loved it and I will recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat if they’re looking for cute romances. Liz Czukas has made it to my ‘automatic-buy’ list and I do not give away that title lightly. I highly recommend this one for people looking for a refreshing cute contemporary that is fairly quick to read.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun story about the craziness that can happen at Prom. I'm now twice as excited for mine! - Nova @ Out of Time A fun story about the craziness that can happen at Prom. I'm now twice as excited as mine! - Nova @ Out of Time I was initially a little "meh" about this title. More because I haven't experienced Prom yet and because I love stories that have to do with more serious topics. I had a little fear in the back of my mind that this story would be very fluffy (fun), but not really go anywhere. I was actually quite surprised to have loved the concept. I still think it was a little ridiculous, but I enjoyed reading it. It reminded me of the teen shows I watch in my spare time for entertainment. This is a story that takes place over the course of a little more than a day, I think. But this day was so eventful and Czukas certainly has a way of making it a fun and quirky story. So, it reminded me a little of "Pivot Point" where the MC has two different choices and each leads to something different. Only difference was that both "paths" ended up on the same one towards the end. I really liked the story. I laughed a lot during it and was completely invested in the story. It was very cute because though there were two different streams, they both had their similarities while it not being too boring or one-track. I had an issue with the characters. There was close to no development in the characters, which I can understand because the book was over the course of a night. They stayed completely the same. I didn't expect the prom to be some kind of revelation, but some crazy stuff did happen that I know would change me as a person (if it happened to me). I also thought there were too many characters. They kind of blended into each other to make the scene, but didn't have personalities and very limited lines; their involvement came with I also didn't particularly connect with any of the characters. I didn't know them, only what their interests were. And I guess that's the disadvantage to having a story that's so limited in terms of time. I can't say that the author's goal was character development because it was a quick and fun read, but I would've liked some change. The romance itself was actually very sweet. I found it a little rushed when it happened, but the events leading up to it were created for a smooth and "aw" worthy transition. Heart and Schroeder's relationship was actually developed off-screeen as they knew each other from before. It only took a crazy night at prom for them to realize that they liked each other. And I love how in both decisions (paths), the same outcome happened with Heart and her romantic interest. The only thing that I didn't as stated in the beginning was PROM as a subject. It seems a little dreamy to think about, but I couldn't really connect. I was pretty nonchalant about the whole thing; I mean, I've seen movies, but it isn't the same because I couldn't get how the characters felt. Plus, I know both guys had good reasons for wanting to go to Prom with Heart, but I found the "who do I go with" thing way to dramatized. From synop, the theater guy has Heart's interests - he's the obvious choice. And the other guy is drooling over his ex. I didn't understand why it was such a hard choice and that frustrated me. All in all, Ask Again Later is a fluffy, quick read about the crazy happenings at Prom. Czukas writes in the fresh voice of Heart LeCouer, a girl trying to make the difficult decisions that high school socials throw at you. And I think that a lot of people can connect with that.
Date published: 2015-01-03

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