Review: Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

Review: Ask Again Later by Liz CzukasAsk Again Later by Liz Czukas
Published by HarperTeen on March 11th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Source: Edelweiss
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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...


So speaking of sneaky synopsis, this book turned out to be not quite what I expected. I mean, it’s still definitely about a girl who has to decide between two guys to go to prom with, but most importantly this book isn’t about a love triangle!!


All Heart wants to do is go to prom with her No Drama Prom-a group. But somehow she ends up having two dates, the theater geek Ryan and the football jock Troy, for prom and is stuck making the decision of who to go with. Time to ask for help. Unfortunately, the magic eight ball wasn’t too much help (in case you’re wondering, it’s answer was ask again later…Bu bumb chhhhhh), so Heart relies on the age old flip-a-coin technique. And that’s where our story gets interesting. Heart flips a coin and  BOOM, we get to see how both prom dates could play out.

I actually love that Heart doesn’t really care about prom or her dates that much. She just doesn’t want to be a bad friend.

I couldn’t let my true date for the prom down, though – my gorgeous, frothy lavender dress. It was from the fifties or sixties- Lucille at Take two hadn’t been completely sure- and it was a girly dream.

The two possible date scenarios switch back and forth as we see Heart throughout prom night. Czukas does a wonderful job of keeping the flow of the story coherent and pretty well parallel. The two switches off nicely, with each starting off where the other one left off, but still keeping it’s own distinct touch. I love the little details that get carry over between each date and the little differences that still some how ended up with the some results. This book is definitely a big play on the idea of fate and whether your choices even matter.

“I don’t like the idea that I can’t control the outcome of something. Your choices should be the only influence in your life.”

“Doesn’t leave much room for being surprised. Or magic.”

I eased back from his embrace, smiling up at him. “You believe in magic?”

He looked at me like I was nuts. “You don’t?”

The actually prom night was pretty entertaining, too. There’s awkward accidents, embarrassing moments, some crazy shenanigans, a little bit of friends-intervention and a slightly over the top rom-com teen flick moment that results in cuteness. Like I mentioned, this book isn’t about a love triangle, but there’s still definitely some cute romance. I actually really liked the couple.

Overall, Ask Again Later was a fun and fluffy read. I loved the parallel stories, and the look at fate. For the most part, all the characters are pretty entertaining and quite lovable (more some than others).  This book is for the lovers of cute contemporaries and the hint of magic is a nice touch.

PS. My spoilers: (for those who want to know who Heart ends up with) [highlight to read]

Okay, so the romance is about Heart and her inability to see that Schroeder (not real name, but I love that she nick-names him after The Peanut’s Schroeder, while he calls her every other organ except Heart) is totally in love with her. It’s that best friend to romance kinda story. The ending cracked me up and I loved that their friends locked them in the trunk and forced them to figure it out because both were so stubborn.  

{*Thank to Harper Teen & Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.


About Liz Czukas

Liz Czukas is the author of fun YA romances like ASK AGAIN LATER (HarperTeen '14) and TOP TEN CLUES YOU'RE CLUELESS (HarperTeen '14). She also writes fun New Adult romances like WHEN JOSS MET MATT under the name Ellie Cahill.


Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas”

  1. Best use of Andy Dwyer gif! Yesssss. I’ve seen a few people concerned about a love triangle! I don’t know how I didn’t think about it, but I totally didn’t when I picked up the book. I guess it’d be kind of hard to be a real love triangle if each date is happening parallel to the other… I totally forgot even to mention the idea of fate (!!), but I like how it’s done here. Great review Cyn! 😀

    1. I didn’t think about it when I requested the book, but than afterwards it hit me that there was a possibility of a sorta-love-triangle (where Heart kinda falls for both guys, or they both fall for her or something), but I’m glad it wasn’t!
      I liked how fate was played into this, too (:

  2. Well this sounds fun and I usually avoid YA contemporaries but love the whole coin twist, and Heart actually sounds refreshing 🙂

    1. It was a pretty adorable read with a cute twist! Just a little touch of possible paranormal 😉 Heart was in interesting character.
      Thanks of stopping by!

  3. Sounds like a fun read and an interesting set up. I’m actually glad there isn’t a love triangle, even though there are 2 different guys involved. I’ll be reading this one soon!

    1. I was a bit worried about the possible love triangle, yeah there’s definitely no worries! The romance is actually super cute 😉 I hope you enjoy it!!

  4. This book sounds like such a fun book to read! I really want to read it now, but I think it’s a better idea to save I for when I’m in a reading slump that I need to be pulled out of. Great review!

    1. It was a pretty fluffy and adorable read. I can definitely see it as a nice “get out slump” kinda book with its cuteness haha. I hope you enjoy when you get to it!

  5. I’m not really in the mood for adorable/fluffy right now. I think I’ll hold on and wait until I need it before reading this book.

  6. Ohhh, her brother was a jackass. Actually, he was one of the characters I hated, because I did like most of them, even his girlfriend. Go figure. She wasn’t the stereotypical one, so that was different. But Heart’s friends, and though that romance part was slap-you-in-the-face-obvious, it was still damn cute and I loved it. 😉 Glad you enjoyed it just as much as me. 🙂

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