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 coinHeads 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 geekwith 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 4 4.5 stars Ask Again Later is the type of book that I just love to read it s pure enjoyment from the first page to the last I was grinning like a fool so much I was worried it would become a permanent facial expression The narration, the group dynamics, the antics, and the blunders all combine to make one hilarious, heartwarming, and super fun debut by Liz Czukas It s not just a glorious romp fest, though I was fully invested in these characters and cared about them as if they were my own f 4 4.5 stars Ask Again Later is the type of book that I just love to read it s pure enjoyment from the first page to the last I was grinning like a fool so much I was worried it would become a permanent facial expression The narration, the group dynamics, the antics, and the blunders all combine to make one hilarious, heartwarming, and super fun debut by Liz Czukas It s not just a glorious romp fest, though I was fully invested in these characters and cared about them as if they were my own friends It s fluff with Heart heh It should also be noted that the author told me on Twitter she hates love triangles, too, which immediately put her on my will always read list So basically this felt like one huge win for me.The plot starts out straightforward enough Heart LaCoeur, a junior in high school and our narrator, has plans to go to prom with her theater friends as a group They dub themselves the No Drama Prom a , vowing to avoid any and all prom clich s Just two weeks before prom, and the unthinkable happens Heart gets asked by not one, but two guys to the dance One is Ryan, a member of the theater s tech crew and a somewhat friend The other is her older brother s best friend, Troy, who recently got dumped by his girlfriend Heart is torn not only by the fact that she never wanted to go with a date, but also because now she has to hurt the feelings of one of the two boys To help her decide, she puts it into the hands of fate and flips a coin heads for Troy and tails for Ryan The book then starts to alternate chapters between what would happen if the coin lands on heads or if it lands on tails The writing and plotting are really spectacular Sometimes I would get tripped up trying to keep track of the two different realities and remembering what scenes took place when, especially in regards to the romantic bits, but ultimately that doesn t matter Although different shenanigans ensue in each, or they re seen from a different vantage point, the plots steadily begin to intertwine and converge until they mold into one at the end I thought this setup was brilliant and oh so romantic no matter which way the coin fell, things would work out all the same and just fine for our dear Heart s Although avoiding drama was Heart s goal, it s never meant to be when it comes to prom There s a wardrobe mishap, fixed shoddily by duct tape fake cockroaches that lead to near drowning exposed condoms a serial killer turned prom delivery van girl fights boy fights and, most importantly, a kidnapping involving two unsuspecting people and a trunk it s much sexier than it sounds None of these antics would have been nearly as hilarious if not told from Heart s witty point of view She is an absolute riot down to earth, sarcastic, and an excellent commentator on everything going on around her She is such an easy character to love, as are her supporting cast of theater friends Their dynamic of easygoing banter and fierce loyalty is one of the best aspects of the book they are a tight knit group with years of history and inside jokes among them Between the two dates, hersuccessful one is with Ryan, who makes a confession early on in the book He turned out to be one of my favorite characters, giving Heart the push she needs at the end to figure out her romantic dilemma With Ryan, the two of them actually join up with her No Drama Prom a crew, but with Troy, she s forced to go with her brother s group of friends the jocks and cheerleaders Needless to say, her observations are hilarious if not always kind, but there s dimension to those characters as well Toward the end of the night, the two realities becomeandtangled, until they meet in the middle and become one The driving force behind this is the romance and bringing our two lovebirds together As you ve already figured out, there s no love triangle in this book, and her love interest is surprising because he s not either of her two dates His name is Chase, but she calls him Schroeder due to the fact that he plays the piano and looks like the character from Peanuts Adorable, right He calls her names like Lung and Kidney to tease her about her name Evenadorable, right Because Heart s mom had her and her brother at a young age and then abandoned them, she has had a no dating rule her whole life, not wanting to make the same mistakes It s not exactly logical thinking, and thankfully she has some good friends to point this out Heart and Chase make such a cute pair, with their flirtatious dialogue and slow burn transition from friends toPoor Chase didn t have it easy, watching Heart with her date s , but when he finally mans up and when she finally comes to her senses the sparks really fly The last few pages of the book are pretty much the best kissing scenes ever If you couldn t already tell, I love this book to pieces and cannot wait for Liz Czukas next, Top Ten Clues You re Clueless If it has the same sort of entertaining dialogue, witty banter, cute romance, and adorable friendships, I know I ll be just as smitten More andI m gravitating toward these lighthearted contemporary romances that make me happy for days afterward In fact, I m still smiling about Ask Again Later This review can also be found at Love at First Page 2.5 stars Yeah I thought the whole flip the coin thingy and then go on both dates was confusing At first, I damn straight thought she was imagining both in order to decide which one would turn out best for her I just felt like the events didn t naturally follow one another.I didn t like it exactly, but neither did I mind reading it I needed something light, after The Help and that s right what I got nothing serious, no twist to figure out, simple YA drama Heart is cute I enjoyed 2.5 stars Yeah I thought the whole flip the coin thingy and then go on both dates was confusing At first, I damn straight thought she was imagining both in order to decide which one would turn out best for her I just felt like the events didn t naturally follow one another.I didn t like it exactly, but neither did I mind reading it I needed something light, after The Help and that s right what I got nothing serious, no twist to figure out, simple YA drama Heart is cute I enjoyed her spunky personality She gives an atmosphere to the whole story I wishcharacters shared this quality with her, because I couldn t find it in myself to care for any of the people who are constantly surrounding her.Heart s having this no dating rule didn t shock or annoy me because I sort of share her difficulty to get emotionally and romantically close to another person, although, not for the same reasons as her I thought the ending was rushed, because no way could this kind of problem be solved with a simple five minute talk, but what the hell, we all know YA contemporary does what it wants.Heh, I don t regret having read it Actual rating 3.5 He proceeded to do some moves I can only assume are part of a war dance in some lost tribe of theThere were a mysterious number of elbows involved, and a face that was probably meant to be sexy but lookedpained Some things are universal, and a horrible dance partner is one to which we can all relate This book was all sorts of adorable This is what I look for in an YA contemporary Light romance, adorableness to the extreme, silly and realistic teenagers, Actual rating 3.5 He proceeded to do some moves I can only assume are part of a war dance in some lost tribe of theThere were a mysterious number of elbows involved, and a face that was probably meant to be sexy but lookedpained Some things are universal, and a horrible dance partner is one to which we can all relate This book was all sorts of adorable This is what I look for in an YA contemporary Light romance, adorableness to the extreme, silly and realistic teenagers, and a very likeable narrator.No slut shaming No love triangle despite the premise , and really, just cuteness all around My only complaint is with the Head Tails alternate scenario premise Why What was the point It s an YA contemporary, let s leave it at one single possible timeline, ok This isn t a choose your own adventure book The alternate scenario is just pointless.The Summary Heart LaCoeur has a horrible name, ok Let s get that out in the open It means Heart the Heart It s Prom time, and she s got no time for that nonsense, no sirree Heart is going to prom with a group of her friends, guys and gals They call themselves the No Drama Prom a crew.So Heart s set to chill with her pals She s got an awesome vintage dress And it s going to be just great Until Heart getson her plate than she planned For one thing, her brother volunteered Heart as his friend s prom date without her consentEh He shrugged and swallowed the last of his pizza Anyway, he already had tickets to prom, so I said you d go with himAnd to make it even messier Ryan beckoned me closer with a jerking head motion ListenI was wonderingwould you want to go to prom with me As friendsWELL, FUCK Heart doesn t want any of this She tries to turn them both down, but there are problemsSo He drew an elaborate, invisible design with his finger on the lab table Just pick someone and be done with it It s not that easySeriously, it s not that easy For one thing, Troy is the most pathetic, broken down jock in the world He just got dumped by his girlfriend, hence why he needs a date, and he steddy bear than tough guy How can you turn down someone who looks like thisIf you don t want to, that s cool Troy looked down, and I swear to God, I thought he was going to start crying Ginormous, six foot four, two hundred and fifty pound Troy Rafferty was going to break down in the french fry line That s cool, Troy said softly Sorry to bother you He started to lumber away, and my heart crumpled NOOOOOOO You d have to have a heart of ice to turn him down.So Heart goes to turn her friend Ryan down, only it doesn t quite work out either He smiled and laughed nervously I just feel like I should be honest with you, he said I didn t want you to think that I was asking you becausethat wethat I He took a frustrated breath and let it out in a short huff I m gayHOWLS WITH LAUGHTER So now Heart s stuck between a downtrodden, depressed teddy bear of a jock, and a gay guy who wants her to be his beard NOW do you see her problem So Heart tosses a coin Heads or Tails Heads, Troy wins Tails, Ryan wins And thus, we get to watch Prom Night unfold in both scenarios There will be torn dresses, drunken kisses, terrible dancing Hint gay guys are terrible dancers, too.There will be horrible kissing experiences, designed to incite jealousy in an ex girlfriend There was nowhere to turn when he laid a wet, alcohol soaked kiss on me.His tongue was like a fish flopping on a dock in my mouth, but hot instead of cold There will be relationship counselingUgh, maybe you are gay after all I crossed my arms What s that supposed to mean Well, you re into sports and you hate dancing, but now here you are giving me relationship advice You have way too many stereotypes in your headAnd maybe Heart will realize who she should have gone with all along He laughed You re havingthoughts And feelings Damn it Feelings This is not on my agendaHeart Yeah, she s got a crappy name, and a crappy mother Don t hold it against her Heart feels like a realistic teenager She is normal She is not quirky or strange, she s got a sarcastic sense of humor sometimes, she tends to get snarky, and her internal dialogue gets to be kind of silly sometimes The point is that Heart never pissed me off Like this internal monologue about the utter horribleness of her name, Heart Sometimes, people ask me what it s like to be named Heart, but how am I supposed to answer that I mean, how would you answer if a fish popped out of a lake and asked you what it was like to breathe oxygen Apart from freaking out that a fish was talking to you, of course You don t know what it s like to breathe anything else You d probably be like, I don t know It s okay, I guess What s it like to breathe water, Talking FishI would understand if you found her annoying, but I thought she was pretty cute.Despite her name, Heart is a skeptic She s not a skeptic in the sense of I WILL NEVER EVER EVER LOVE AGAIN BECAUSE MY MOTHER ABANDONED ME AS A CHILD No Heart is a skeptic in the sense that she believes in romance, she believes in love, but she is willing to take it slow She is pragmatic Rational She is not a believer in fateI don t believe in fate It was automatic My response since I d decided not to let my maternal genetics and my porn star name choose my future for me Why not I don t like the idea that I can t control the outcome of something Your choices should be the only influence in your own lifeShe is a NORMAL girl She loves her friends, she is kind hearted Heart knows that a beautiful girl can be kind, too She never, ever slut shames, and she calls out bad behavior when she sees itDid you see the way Olivia went off God, that girl would do anything for attention I know, she s so pathetic I can t believe she even got nominated for prom court It s just because she s going out with Austin Seriously I wasn t exactly buddy buddy with Olivia, but my ears got hot with embarrassment and anger listening to them dissect her From confronting a bunch of mean girls in the bathroom, to talking to her brother s beauty queen friends She never, ever judges someone for her looks She defends the beautiful girls when she hears them being trashed behind their backs, and doesn t expect any rewards for it I had a feeling they d both heard plenty of gossip about themselves over the last four years You don t get to be a senior looking like custom ordered perfection without earning a little jealousy along the way Heart really did win over my heart.The Other Characters What made this book so fun to read was the fact that the teenagers feel like real people These boys and girls could have been my friends when I was in high school They joke around with each other, boys and girls can be friends without drama, they re a group of mixed boys and girls who just have a lot of fun with each other They like each other, they laugh with each other, they have fun And I had a lot of fun with them They do silly things, they play lighthearted pranks on each other, they do dumb things Nothing is ever outrageous.This book really defies the steoretype that all pretty girls are bitches There are numerous beautiful girls in the book, cheerleaders, prom queens They may be beautiful, but they are portrayed as people, too They re just normal girls who just happen to look pretty There is never an attempt to hate them or to slut shame them I love that about this book.The Romance There is only one romantic interest in this book, and it is predictable as heck That s not to say it s not sweet It s the friends into lovers trope, and it is so light and well built, that I found it to be completely understandable I rooted for the two I wanted them to be together I wanted to see them get past their misunderstandings, and I cheered for Heart when she got pissed off and told off the boy of her dreams because he was kind of an assholeUh uh I had no idea how you felt about me None And you know whose fault that is Yours If you wanted to ask me to prom, you should have frigging asked me You don t get to whine about it just because somebody else had the balls to do what you didn t I m done apologizing to you I poked him in the chest I didn t do anything wrong Get over yourselfI love Heart s slightly cynical attitude She s not one of those I believe in soulmates people She doesn t want to rush into things, and that s just fine with meAnd you have to promise we ll take it slow How slow Blanking, all I could think of was my mother I blurted out, Well, like, let s not have kids anytime soon, okay Seereviews at YA Midnight ReadsIt is a universal truth that a person cannot run in clogs, but that didn t stop me from trying.If you love banter, this book is for you If you love cute romances, this book is for you If you love fluffy contemporaries, this book was written for you Ask Again Later is one of the best light contemporaries I ve ever read Also read in over 2 hours, so I guess that shows just how unputdownable this was Just writing this review makes me want to go and grab out Seereviews at YA Midnight ReadsIt is a universal truth that a person cannot run in clogs, but that didn t stop me from trying.If you love banter, this book is for you If you love cute romances, this book is for you If you love fluffy contemporaries, this book was written for you Ask Again Later is one of the best light contemporaries I ve ever read Also read in over 2 hours, so I guess that shows just how unputdownable this was Just writing this review makes me want to go and grab out my kindle out to re read it.I m just a high school student with a list for Broadway musicals and an unhealthy relationship with The Big Book of Baby Names My copy is dog eared, highlighted and Sharpied into complete submission I ve got less than a year to go until I can match my butt down to the courthouse and choose my very own name for the rest of my life.The main character, Heart immediately presents a good impression to us readers with her snarky and vibrant attitude She maintained this personality throughout the entire book and it was an absolute pleasure to have her as the lead She made a rule when she was young to never get into a relationship after her mother ditched her and her father when she was born So when prom comes around the corner and two people unexpectedly ask her out, she has no idea who to choose Besides, her original plan was to go with her friends the No Drama Prom a group Ask Again Later was not what I had expected, in the best ways I love how the author did not follow the typical path of multi reality stories That being said, this is not a sci fi novel Simply put, Heart can t choose to go with either the jock or the theatre nerd so we end up seeing both sides and how they slowly meld together in the end.Ask Again Later has the perfect mix of romance, friendship and humour It s not necessarily the type of humour that has you cackling on the floor but it will keep you grinning the entire time I also love how the author doesn t make Heart a special person because her odd name Schroeder, who is part of the No Drama Prom a group doesn t call Heart by her real name, instead, he calls her by internal organs such as Lung, which was pretty entertaining The two, along with the rest of the No Drama Prom a group have the best banter THE BEST And as a last add on to show how awesome this book was there s a gay character who was not at all stereotyped One of my favourite characters, in fact.Everything was pretty much spot on for this book, though I d like to mention my problem with Heart s brother, Phil I get that the author purposely made him a douchebag, but he ruined my mood every time he opened his mouth He constantly manipulates Heart into doing things she has no intention of doing Things that only benefit him and his friends For example, forcing her to go to prom with his recently dumped friend, Troy, as a pity date He treated Heart like absolute trash and probably is one the the worst siblings in YA fiction that I ve encountered Here s an example of how shitty Phil is when Troy was drunk and kissed Heart You re completely overreacting It was just a kiss But I didn t want to be him to do it Don t be such a baby I m not being a baby I m saying I want to go home Stop freaking out You re going to ruin prom I m going to ruin it Are you kidding me Heart It was a kiss Deal I curled my fingers into tight fists, barely feeling the bite of my own nails into my palms Don t you even care what I want I m your sister Yeah, and Troy s my friend JERK ASS DOUCHE DESERVES TO DIE.Aside from the atrocity of Heart s jerk face brother, Ask Again later was a compelling read with plenty of charm and amusement I cannot recommend this highly enough Thank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy