Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
“Every airplane, not matter how far it is up there, I send love to it. I picture the people in their seats with their plastic cups of soda or orange juice or Scotch and I love them. I really love them. I send a steady visible stream of it–love–from me to them. From my chest to their chests. From my brain to their brains. It’s a game I play.”
High school senior Astrid spends hours laying on the picnic table in her backyard watching the planes, sending her lover the the passengers. She believes That somehow giving her love away will make her free. Free from the mother who doesn’t seem to care about her. Free from her dad who has become a secretive pot smoker. Free from her sister who’s striving to be the perfect small town girl. And free from her own thoughts that are telling her she may be falling in love with her co-worker Dee.
This book detailing Astrid’s journey to openness with her family and friends is truly different from most YA novels. King tells the story in the first person perspective, allowing readers to feel Astrid’s insecurities and strengths. The author deals with the question of a lesbian relationship in a way that has the main character refusing to be “boxed in” by the label gay, which she isn’t sure really applies. The scenes with her parents are realistic and heart wrenching. I strongly recommend this title to all teen readers looking for a deeper, thought-provoking story. You will not be disappointed.