Astrid has a lot of love to give, but feels that no one in her life is willing to receive it. When feelings of isolation become overwhelming, she stares up at passing airplanes and sends the passengers her love. “Because if I give it all away, then no one can control it. Because if I give it all away, I’ll be free.”
Astrid has a lot of questions too; about life, her family and herself. It helps to ASK THE PASSENGERS of the airplanes some of her questions like: “Is it okay to lie in order to be happy?” Inserted vignettes told in the passengers’ voice offer attempts at answers.
Astrid’s own questions are accompanied by the larger questions posed in her high school humanities class. With the help of the Socratic Method, and the philosopher himself (aka Frank), Astrid asks, and eventually answers, herself.
This book is responds to the question of identity, not just sexuality. Astrid discovers who she really is, while fending off the labels and expectations of others, including friends, family and society.
CONNECTIONSThe backdrop of Astrid’s humanities class provides a platform for her debates with herself as well as teachers, parents and peers. Taking a page from the novel create a Socrates Project, asking students to adopt a philosophy/philosopher. Is movement a super-task? Is it impossible?
More well crafted books by A. S. King:THE DUST OF 100 DOGS. ISBN 9780738714264
PLEASE ASK VERA DIETZ. ISBN 9780375865862
EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS. ISBN 9780316129282
By Marianne Crandall Follis