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Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
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Sep 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: first-person, lgbtq, teenagers
Read in September, 2012

A.S. King does her thing again, writing a very thoughtful book about a teen who is dealing with identity issues and a dysfunctional family by using her mind. And some imaginary friends.

This one is good because it's not a simple coming out tale. More like "Questioning! Questioning! Freaking out! Drinking hard lemonades at the gay club!" And it addresses the idea that all sorts of people at your high school might be gay that you would never suspect. And (most importantly) that you can leave your town and your high school and be yourself somewhere else. Freedom is possible. Why not use Plato's Analogy of the Cave to explain this?

That was part of why I had a hard time getting in to this one -- the protag is SO CLOSE to college and I can see that in six months her life will be about 1000% better. But she does have to live through those last few months. So, like Please Ignore Vera Dietz, this is a great one for teens who are completely over high school.

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