Friday, November 9, 2012

Confiding In Strangers

Astrid Jones' life has spiraled out of control: Her mom's agoraphobia is getting worse, her father would rather smoke pot than go to work, her younger sister is making it her life's mission to fit in, and her best friends are forcing her to keep secrets about what they really do on Saturday nights. On top of this, Astrid thinks she might be gay (she's attracted to a female coworker), but she isn't quite sure on that one yet. Naturally she can't talk about any of this to anyone in her narrow-minded, gossip-hungry small town. So she confides in the passengers of planes flying high overhead--and she sends love out to these random strangers. Maybe it'll do someone some good. And maybe, in a round-about way, Astrid will get some of those good vibes back.

Ask the Passengers explores the topics of life, the universe, and everything through the eyes of an unusual, but likable heroine. Part coming-of-age story, part philosophical journey, and part lesson in self-acceptance, this delightful yet deep book will appeal to anyone unsure of who they are or where they're going. Does Astrid ever find answers to the greatest universal questions? No. Not really. But by the end of the story she does have a better idea of who she is and where she's headed. A very memorable read! --AJB

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