Ask Again Later
Emily has a tendency to live with one foot out the door. For her, the best thing about a family crisis is the excuse to cut and run. When her mother dramatically announces they've found a lump, Emily gladly takes a rain check on life to be by her mother's side, leaving behind her career, her boyfriend, and those pesky, unanswerable questions about who she is and what she'...more
The short chapters appear to throw a lot of people off, but to me it just felt like reading entries in a journal, so I didn't mind th...more
As she takes care of her mother, she also begins to develop a relationship with her...more
There are sad times, at the beginning of the book she finds out her mother has breast cancer and goes home to be with her I loved this paragraph (because my mother also had breast cancer and it was hard to deal with).
Page 108-109-As she is lying there waiting for surgery. I imagine a cance...more
Maybe I would have liked it more if my home life growing up had been more dysfunctional, but I just found her hard to relate to. Not her str...more
I was pleased to see the writing that impressed me once before still held up in "Ask Again Later." Protagonist Emily lives her life with one foot perpetually out the door. She doesn't know how to deal with her boyfriend Sam when he confesses his love for her. So when her mother calls and dramatically announces she's dying of cancer, Emily takes t...more
"A fellow can remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day back in 1946, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry. And as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in. And on it was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on," he says. "I saw her for only one second. She didn't see me at all. But I'll bet not a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl," Sam said.
"How on earth could you remember that?" I said.
The Plot: Emily, a commitmentphobe, drops everything when she learns her mother has been diagnosed with cancer…including her almost-boyfriend and high-profile lawyer job. Once Emily has moved in with her mother, she is surprised that the one person that ran out on her life before she could run out on them is back – her father arrives to assist with her mother’s ailing condit...more
i loved this book!! maybe, for me and some of my current personal struggles, i could really identify with this story and with Emily the main character. i typically dont like endings that are not concrete (they lived happily ever after; and they all died; and the bad guy was put away...) BUT i did love this one. it left it with hope for Em and her fut...more
The idea of the book was a good try, and it had a bit of good humor, but all and all, I wouldn't read it again. Give it a try, though, and see what you thihnk...
"Acquiring that level of misguided conviction is almost artful," I say. "It's borderline impressive."
"People are always more strategic than you expect them to be."
I enjoyed this very much.