Astrid Jones lives in a town where everyone knows your name, and uses it when gossiping about you. Even though she is helping her best friend Kristina cover up her relationship with another girl, Astrid doesn’t feel like she can confide in her when she begins a clandestine relationship with Dee, a girl from another school she works with. Astrid’s relationship with her mother has deteriorated (and her sister appears to be best friends with her mother) and her father is nice, but generally stoned. Instead  Astrid turns to the passengers on airplanes that she watches from the picnic table in her backyard. Secrets though can come out and get distorted and when things come to a head Astrid needs to face the real people in her life. A great read if you’re looking for thought provoking realistic fiction.

Ask the Passengers is a 2015 Abraham Lincoln Nominee.

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