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Ask Again Later

3.01 of 5 stars 3.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,615 ratings  ·  285 reviews

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's

Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published (first published February 20th 2007)
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Blah, Blah, Blah - I had to push myself through this one - and only did so because it was short and a very easy read. Too little depth here to ever care about the characters for me. I didn't get the family dynamics and felt they were really all shallow.
Don't get me wrong, I love me some chick lit. Even cheesy and predictable chick lit, where I can guess the ending within the first 5 pages. This book was impossible to love. The plot was disjointed and the story lacked structure. I didn't care for the protagonist or her issues. Definitely pass on this.
Jill Furedy
I've been looking up authors of whom I've read one book in the past and enjoyed it, just to see if they'd written anything else. Funny thing is, I remember nothing about Girl's Poker Night other than enjoying it. Since the library had this one available, I picked it up. This book might have the same issue...not sure there was anything memorable or any depth to it.
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
This is first off a story of a dysfunctional woman with a dysfunctional family told with humor. At times it reads like a memoir. Emily has some problems that seem to stem from her relationship with her parents.
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
I like the way Jill Davis writes. I very much enjoyed her book "Girls' Poker Night" and even wrote down a few quotes that I found particularly poignant.

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
A pretty good book despite the semi-steryotypical two deminsional crazy mom, and the lack of what you might call a fully fleshed out writting style. The chaperts are short and kind of choppy but in an internet blog kind of way, which strangely appealed to me. I found that it made the less obvious witty humor gems more appreciated since they were there but didn't hit you over the head. The ending kind of followed the format and was abrupt but oddly to the point, even if the last line kid of contr ...more
Hilarious? Afraid not. It was witty and vaguely amusing, but it was as if the author wanted to write Bridget Jones's Diary with added parental problems and cancer, but failed. The various love interests weren't around enough to make me care about any of them. The parents and sister were all self-absorbed and odd. Emily, the narrator, was just the same only more so because the whole thing was told in her voice. The fact that she recognised the fact that she had a problem and was seeing a shrink d ...more
I read the first few pages and thought I'd downloaded a real dud, but I stuck with it and the book turned out to be better than I thought it would be. A few good quotes: "The price of abundance, I'm learning, is constant indecision." "If I take that break, I'm the girl who needed a break. It's one more reason for me not to make partner." "Lost people...will drive around in the same circle over and over...their fear paralyzes them into staying lost in the same supercedes their ability t ...more
This one was a very quick read, but I will admit that I had to push myself to do the reading. The characters didn't really do it for me. Not only was it confusing to keep them all straight, but they were introduced in such a way that they were very forgettable.

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...
I had a hard time putting this book down. I really enjoyed the shorter chapters, and found the titles of the chapters a fun addition that you don't find in many books. I felt like I got to know all of the characters along the way and the way it was written made me want to know more. However I'm so very disappointed in the ending. I literally flipped the page over to see if maybe I missed something. Yes, there was finality for each character, but there was really no closure. All of the things tha ...more
Jen Selinsky
Emily is young, illustrious, and has a good life. She enjoys a successful career as a lawyer and is involved with a nice man. All this is about to change. Emily receives a phone call from her mother, who claims she is dying of cancer. As a result, Emily quits her job, dumps her boyfriend, and rushes home to her mother’s side. Soon, Emily discovers that her mother isn’t as sick as she claims, and Emily questions her rash decision to put her life on hold. She also discovers more about her father, ...more
Emily is a lawyer, who is in love with a fellow lawyer, Sam who is a wonderful guy. The problem is that Emily is so wrapped up in her work that she has problems fitting the rest of her life in. One day she receives a call from her mother telling her that she has breast cancer and is dying. She walks out of her law firm quitting her job and what little of a life she has with Sam. When she gets to her mother's apartment she finds her calling all her friends to tell them that she is ill. The phone ...more
Jessica Lawlor
Ask Again Later by Jill A. Davis is the story of Emily Rhodes, a lawyer in New York City. When her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, Emily drops everything in her life, her boyfriend and her career, in order to be her mother’s primary caregiver. Emily is almost too happy to give up these things in her life though- she is scared of commitment and jumped at the opportunity to fully put the focus on her mother.

As she takes care of her mother, she also begins to develop a relationship with her
Jan 29, 2010 Brittany rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People looking for a generic chick lit experience
How I Came To Read This Book: This is the first book I ever received from Harper Collins’ now deceased First Look program.

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
Best lines:

"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.

Yes, I am back to reading books in three days. This was an interesting counterpoint to the Kingsolver novel I just read. Moving from reading about all the babies dying and world injustices to the internal processes of a New Yorker is kind of like brushing your teeth and then drinking orange juice. Both are good, but you shouldn't have them in your mouth together. Davis's book follows her main character, Emily, as she attempts to work through her relationship issues, deal with her mother's dx of ...more
For a book that deals with cancer, family estrangements, and general life dysfunction, Ask Again Later is a surprisingly fun read. Its main character, Emily Rhode, initially seems like she might be a standard chick-lit creation, but first impressions are wrong in this case - this is a struggling young woman, and her struggles don't really concern designer shoes and landing Mr. Right. In fact, she's got him already, if she wants him and can own up to it. Meanwhile, she's trying to handle her moth ...more
One of those quick reads, wasn't going to finish it, but had started it and figured why not, it read so quickly. About Emily, who takes a break from her job and boyfriend, when she learns that her mother has breast cancer so she can be with her...but her father, whom she hasn't seen since early childhood shows up, and she starts a new relationship with him, even takes a job at his lawfirm, to get to know him. It is written with humor, but I found myself wondering what the whole point of the book ...more
I'm new to the shelves at the library where you can borrow a paperback and just return it when you're done (or pass it to your friends). This book looked appealing and it delivered. I was immediately smitten by the character of the mother because she was so entertaining (and this is scary) believable. I have a mother who is almost as narcissistic and outrageous. I loved how based on her diagnosis she is calling everyone in her address book. Part of what I enjoyed about the character being stuck ...more
I really like this author's writing style; she's sharp, witty, humorous and very straightforward. I thought this novel was a bit more sad than the previous one I read by her, which made it a little more difficult to laugh at it. I find anything involving cancer hard to laugh at, but perhaps I need to change my own personal perspective on it. I also felt there were a lot of similarities between this book and her 1st novel; one being the prominence of the main character going to see a therapist. W ...more
I picked this up on impulse from the library to read on the airplane and think that was the perfect approach: this book is a quick read, doesn't require much concentration, is interesting enough to read on an airplane, but I don't feel like I need to own it. It's kind of like "chick lit" in that the narrator is a 30-year old woman in New York City, but the topics aren't normal "chick lit" fare -- the main character's mother has cancer, she's estranged from her father, and her sister is so shallo ...more
Pretty good book. I picked it up at a bargain books for 3 bucks and I would have paid full price for a new copy. It's funny how relatable the main character is with her family, her friends, and her everyday obstacles.
It's always nice to read about a realistic imperfect character every now and then. Especially one that doesn't sparkle... Literally.
I actually completely forgot I read this book until I found it in my "to-review" pile. That probably says a lot about it. Not bad by any means, just forgettable. I found Emily to be rather annoying. She was desperately in need of a good slap in the face, and the fact that she was a complete and total idiot through most of the book mostly just pissed me off.

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
It's not that I didn't like the book, I just never really got invested in it. The family dynamics were weird to me, not in a quirky, gotta love em sort of way, just quirky what the hell. They're all these separate entities, with very thin links to one another. As someone enmeshed in family, and in everyone's business, I just couldn't identify. Beyond that though, I couldn't really glean who these characters were. The dialogue was mostly inner, and we see the world through this woman's eyes. Whic ...more
This was a light, quick read that tells a story of a divorced family seeking connections and meaning of life, through the eyes of the main character, Emily, after tragedy.

In many ways, this story was about not having regrets, learning to appreciate the differences, and love.

Mar 27, 2008 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Girl's Poker Night"
I LOVED "Girls' Poker Night," and was mildly disappointed by "Ask Again Later." The humor is still there--it's laugh-out-loud funny at times--but the depth was lacking. It doesn't help that the author, who clearly feels more comfortable writing on the light side, chooses some weighty issues and doesn't quite resolve any of them. The characters are quirky, but I was left unsatisfied by their development. I felt like the author was telling us that Emily was moving forward and improving her relatio ...more
Juliea Shriver
Disappointing, Abrupt Ending

I would have given this book five stars until the last chapter. I felt like the author suddenly got bored and couldn't be bothered to finish it completely. Argggggggghhhhh. This is me screaming in frustration.
Ashley Dallas
One of those books that was just okay but didn't really stand out. It's like 2.75 stars. There wasn't anything great about it, and it was just compelling enough that, knowing it was short, I finished it.
I picked this book up meaning to find a quick beach read and instead was pleasantly suprised at having found a pretty good book. I gave it a 3 because it didn't stand out as one of the best books ever, but I did really enjoy reading it.

The book doesn't have chapters so before I knew it I had spent an hour getting sucked into the story. The plot follows a young woman struggling to find meaning in her career and order in her life through the story of her mother having cancer. The main character's
To tell you the truth, I found this book while wandering through a Barnes & Nobles and it quickly became one of my favorites. Any woman of any age could relate to this book and it's main character. The sarcasm in her thoughts are some of the same that women have on a daily basis. It's humor is very hard to come by, I've searched, and always came up empty-handed. Jill Davis does a excellent job of making the reader quickly change emotions. The symbolism, while a bit obvious, makes the book. I ...more
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Jill A. Davis was a writer for Late Show with David Letterman, where she received five Emmy nominations. She has also written several television pilots and movie screenplays in addition to short stories. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
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