Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
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…
After all the early reviews I’ve seen raving about how adorable this one was, I just had to see for myself! Indeed, that adorable cover’s a plus. I should get a physical copy for my collection once it’s out, huh?
The story revolves around Heart–whose name I actually like–a girl who planned to go to prom with a group of friends. But then, to her surprise, two very different guys ask her to prom for two very different reasons! I loved the premise (no matter how unlikely it is to happen, at least from what I think) and how cute it was. It was a great opportunity to show the world that even the crappiest days can turn into the happiest ones (you’ll find out why when you read it).
Heart herself was a pretty clumsy girl, in a cutesy-funny way, even if sometimes I wanted to smack her across the head for being dense. She considered both sides of the coin (literally) and really wanted to choose which date she thinks will benefit her more. Okay, well, she basically wanted to pick whoever she thought needed her more, which was considerate of her. What was stupid was that she didn’t even consider going with her friends anymore! Psh! But all’s well that ends well.
My favorite thing about the novel was that the side characters were also given importance and weren’t boring at all! Heart’s friends really supported our heroine (most of them, anyway) and were very protective of her. Despite her ditching them, they were there by her side throughout all the prom disasters (which was a lot). Chase was my favorite–he was super adorable and was really close with Heart, even giving her nicknames using other internal organs, such as “Pancreas” or “Lung.”
Now, I can’t talk a lot about the guys without spoiling things, but let me just say this: you guys are in for a surprise. Okay, maybe you do figure out this surprise around 30-40% in, but it’s still a surprise! Fine, I’ll just say a few things about them. Ryan was really cute and I loved his friendly, chillax relationship with Heart. Troy was a depressed ass, mostly. I didn’t like him at all and wanted to throw him out the window.
With a fun, easy to get writing style, hilarious main characters and a funky supporting cast, Ask Again Later‘s a contemporary that’ll stay stuck with me for a while. I would recommend it to fans of Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series.