Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it. Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, her perfect sister's too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. There's no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she's trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love--and asking the right questions—will affect the passengers' lives, and her own, for the better.
In this unmistakably original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's boxes and definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything—and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking and sharing real love
I will read anything if A.S. King writes it. I have been a huge fan of her and her books since The Dust of 100 Dogs, and my fandom only grew through Please Ignore Vera Dietz and Everybody Sees the Ants. In my humble opinion, King is able to do a very special thing that not many other authors can: write a powerful story of goodness and hope that appeals across the spectrum of readers. Her books never fail to make me laugh, cry, and feel proud to be a human being.
I advise all to be on the lookout for Ask the Passengers and to have a box of tissues, if not more than one, close at hand.
Releases October 23, 2012 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.