Title: Ask Me Anything
By: Molly E. Lee
Published TODAY: May 7th, 2019
By: Entangled: Teen
You can buy it HERE: Book Depository
“Edgy and smart with a sweet and sexy core.” —Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Eyes on Me
I should’ve kept my mouth shut.
But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kick-ass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.
And holy hell, the site went viral—and we’re talking way beyond Wilmont—overnight. Who knew this town was so hard up?
Except now the school administration is trying to shut me down, and they’ve forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. If he discovers my secret, I’ll lose him forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.
Ask me anything…except how to make things right.
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I want to thank NetGalley & Entangled: Teen for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review
I enjoyed reading this book, I appreciate that authors are encouraged to touch things such as sex education in YA literature, it’s very important that young people are actually enjoying of reading an entertaining plot but also can inform themselves at the same time, you know?. I liked that aspect of the book a lot and I think it was very well handled
TW: Sexual Abuse & Trauma
The book follows Amber, she’s a computer genius and she’s very dissatisfied with the way in which her school handles sexual education, in a rather old-fashioned way. So she decides to create a totally anonymous blog where anyone from her school could go for any advice about sex and relationships. What she didn’t expect was for the blog to go viral, but it did it, and now the school administration is trying to finish with the blog and for that, they’re using Dean, Amber’s coding crush, to find out the identity behind “Ask Me Anything”. But if Dean finds out about Amber’s secret she may lose him forever and, on the other hand, thousands of teens will stay with no one to turn to.
I really liked the book, I think it’s fun, easy to read and quite educational, but on the other hand, I had some problems with the romance, which was quite uncomfortable to read for me.
I like how it all starts from Amber’s concern about the lack of sexual education in her school, I think this is something very important to discuss so I like that this has influenced on Amber to take matters into her own hands, and even when she herself hasn’t had sexual experiences as such, she has so much interest in helping others. I think it’s great, and it shows great maturity on her part. So the sex education part, as such, I think that’s really well executed. I like how we can read a bit of the question on Amber’s blog and know a little more about the doubts the guys have about the topic. I think it might even be helpful for some people, which is great. The book also encourages you to talk about it with your parents, which is sensational in my opinion.
The book focuses on our two main characters, Dean and Amber, both are super coding geniuses, so there is a lot about computers and things that I don’t understand lol, but I think it’s interesting if you’re into those things. I like Amber as a character, she’s determinate, but at the same time when you start to get into her head and discover the things she has had to hide, her fears and her pain, you get to appreciate more what she does for others. She has a beautiful couple of friends who are always there for her and also some lovely present parents when I say presents, YES, I mean that they’re there accompanying her at every step and every decision and I LOVE that, we need more of that in books really.
Dean talks and thinks in very disturbing ways for me, I don’t know, the writer tries to make him the good and super hot guy and I’m like, ugh, really?. He’s created in a way that’s about making him look like the perfect guy and that’s unrealistic if you ask me.
Let’s talk a little about romance, which was my biggest problem with the book. There’s a moment in the book where Amber begins to be closer to Dean and vice versa, they end up sharing more hours after school and they begin to know each other and make friends. And until that moment, although the dialogues are cheesy and childish, I thought it was cute and I was fine with that. But then Amber begins to feel that Dean might want something else or having other feelings, and although she also thinks that he’s super handsome and everything, she explains to him that she’s not ready to date with someone since she recently broke up with her boyfriend and that was very hard for her. Dean’s very empathetic and understands, which is great but then immediately after saying he understood it begins to have out of place comments trying to connect with her in some way and is so uncomfortable to read. I understand that he likes her and that’s fine, but you have to respect if someone tells you that she’s not ready for something else , but after Amber repeats the same thing over again, he continues to have that attitude of conquest all the time and I understood, at that moment, that this character would be very difficult for me and he was, I don’t like him. He tries to be comprehensive and sensitive but it is too much for me.
The dialogues of the romantic scenes are too cheesy, and I like corny, but this was beyond that, it was very cringy.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, sexual abuse is touched and I can’t say much about it because spoilers but I want to mention that I think it’s very well made and the main characters handle it in a very real and hard way, so if it’s something you’re sensitive about, I recommend discretion.
Although the romance wasn’t for me, I don’t think it’s a bad book, in fact, I think it’s very good, it has a very easy and quick to read writing style, and it’s about sex education, so that’s really important. So I think I would recommend it even though there are some things that maybe weren’t for me because I think they could be for you. I think that in the parts where should be good, it is, so if you feel like giving it a chance, I think you might enjoy it.