Review | 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…

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Ask Again Later reminded me a lot of Kasie West’s Pivot Point. While there were no superpowers, the style was similar: readers get to see two alternate realities dependent upon which boy Heart chooses to go to prom with, and it was certainly entertaining to see how one choice could drastically affect how the night played out. Unfortunately, the lack of chapter markers made it difficult to distinguish between the very similar story lines, even if it did serve as a nice comment on fate towards the end.

Our protagonist, Heart LaCoeur, is sarcastic, snarky, and oh so cute. She’s dependable and loyal, and I really appreciated the importance that she placed on all of her friendships. Her kind-hearted nature and witty banter made her such an easy character to love, and I really enjoyed being inside her head as the events of prom night unfolded.

As expected, the romance in Ask Again Later is adorable and fluffy. The love interest captured my heart from the moment he stepped onto the page (I’m a sucker for flirty banter and clever nicknames). He’s such a gentleman and, despite the many misunderstandings, I enjoyed watching this friendship-turned-something-more develop as the story lines intersected.

Overall, Ask Again Later is filled to the brim with clever banter, adorable romance, and entertaining (if not slightly unbelievable) circumstances. It’s the kind of charming, sweet story that I absolutely adore, so I can’t wait to see what Liz Czukas writes next.

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