21 February 2021

Ask Again, Yes - Book Review

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
Publication date: May 28, 2019
Pages: 390 pages
Genre: Contemporary fiction, family drama
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆
Strengths: Interesting story
Weaknesses: Forgettable

I finally got this one from the library after it was hyped so much last year. I enjoyed the characters, and the illustration of family patterns being so cyclical, but it never really hit me with a giant 'I'm so glad I read this book!!'

The Gleesons and the Stanhopes live next door to each other on a quiet street in a small town just outside the city. Kate Gleeson is born around the same time as Peter Stanhope. The two become fast friends, although the Gleeson parents feel the Stanhope parents may be a bit shady, and Mrs Anne Stanhope just knows that Kate Gleeson is a rotten she-devil. It all comes to a head one night before the kids even get to high-school age. 

Years later, Kate and Peter still miss each other since they no longer live close to each other, although their parents want the past to stay in the past. Can the reconnect despite the shadows from the past? Can childhood love live on in the face of unique obstacles?

While I did like reading this book, it's only been a few days and parts of it are fading fast. It didn't make a huge impression with me, although it was well written and an interesting story. I'd give this book 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for those who enjoy contemporary fiction and family drama. 


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