Review: Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee
I had an enjoyable time while reading Ask Me Anything. I've read very few YA stories about hackers, so it was wonderful and exciting to enter this world.
Ask Me Anything is Amber, a high school student who is amazing at hacking. After becoming upset with the school's teaching methods, Amber creates an underground sex positive advice blog- anonymously. Fortunately for her, it goes viral and unfortunately, the school's principal wants to shut it down. And to do that, he enlist the help of Dean- a boy who Amber has gotten close to recently.
Like mentioned earlier, I had a good time while reading Ask Me Anything. There were times that it was suspenseful & exciting. There were times were it was funny. Overall, it was a good book. The plot was nicely paced and it had likable characters.
However, it did feel a little too on the nose. For example, Amber's personalization. She had the purple hair. She was a hacker. She was sassy. She was the human embodiment of the term "pixie" -which, ironically Dean called her.
Although most were likable, I would have liked more originality with the characters. It was leaned a lot towards stereotypes.
Another issue I came across was one particularly thing that Dean did. Once the conflict arises, Dean lashes out at Amber in an unreasonable way. She was completely justified in her actions due to them previously setting up those guidelines. It felt odd that Dean would throw that in her face when he had agreed to those terms. Other than that, I didn't have a problem with him. I actually admired his strong relationship with his little sister, Tessa. I don't think brother & sister relationships are depicted enough in YA through the Male's perspective.
Another important relationship that I enjoyed, was the relationship between Amber and her parents. It was so open and loving. They were truly supportive. I wish we had gotten to see more of them.