Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About: One horrible night changed the world of two families as they knew it. Two kids that cared about each other are now forced to live separate lives and grow up away from each other. It’s a book about mistakes and consequences. It’s also about second chances and redemptions.

Plot: I really did like this book. I can’t say I am in love with it. I will probably never read it again, but I don’t regret reading it. I don’t feel like I wasted my time. I do feel like it wasn’t at all like I thought it was going to be. I can’t say I’m really disappointed. Maybe a little miffed. I read it for book club. The group seemed to really love it, so there’s that.

Characters: It’s been a while since I read the book. I’m not going to lie. I don’t really remember a lot of the character’s names. I’m horrible with names. I really did feel for Peter and Kate in the book though. They both went through so much in their own way. I would have liked to have seen some of this book from Peter’s father’s point of view. I would have wanted to see why he did and thought the way he did. Was he selfish or did he have reasons?

Narration: This book is narrated by Molly Pope. I had never heard of Molly Pope before listening to this book. She did a pretty great job though. I can’t complain. I would definitely be interested in listening to her narrating other books as well. Maybe in the future.

Suggestions: More points of view and more explanations of certain things.

Recommend: I would. In fact, I’m giving my copy to a good friend of mine.


We repeat what we don’t repair.

In the old country someone would have opened a window to let the man’s spirit fly out, but any souls let loose here in the South Bronx would be free only so far as they could bat around four walls until, exhausted, they wilted in the heat and were forgotten.

But things are meant to change, Peter said. Because life changes and people change. As long as we change together, we’re okay.

The thing is, Peter, grown-ups don’t know what they’re doing any better than kids do. That’s the truth.

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