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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062062247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062062246
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,365,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leah Johnson is the youngest of the three perfect Johnson sisters: valedictorians, prom queens, athletes, and scholars. In the summer before her senior year, preparing for her oldest sister’s wedding, she wakes up to the fact that she wants no part of the perfect life her mother has orchestrated for her. A major part of that is her handsome, football-star boyfriend, whose advances she’s been fending off for months. The catalyst for these realizations is a chance encounter with the valet-parking boy at the country club, with whom Leah has not only serious chemistry but also honest affection. Although there are plenty of steamy but nongraphic groping sessions, it’s the strong character development that drives Meredith’s first novel. Leah is cynical, self-aware, and breaking free from a stifling future while learning how to better understand her family. Meredith also displays a great ear for teen interior monologues in Leah’s compelling first-person narrative. Readers will delight in Leah’s transformation from wealthy, privileged brat to a young woman ready to take chances and live her own life. Grades 9-12. --Debbie Carton

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“Those feeling confined by family and looking for a little bad-boy breakaway action will get some vicarious thrills here.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Meredith displays a great ear for teen interior monologues. . . . Readers will delight in Leah’s transformation from wealthy, privileged brat to a young woman ready to take chances and live her own life.” (ALA Booklist)

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I really wanted to like this story but I just couldn't get pass the main character Leah.
SassySavi
This book held sooooo much potential, but the story just fell flat with dull characters and too much description.
Jessica (Peace Love Books)
There was nothing particular that I disliked, but I didn't really like it all that much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lauri Crumley Coates VINE VOICE on March 10, 2012
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I enjoyed the writer's style, and found it to be more substantial than many YA romance type books. That being said, it was difficult for me to really care for the main character, Leah. She just is not a likeable person. Otherwise, it was pretty much standard fare for YA romance. I'm sure the real fans of this genre will enjoy this book, but I did find it lacking.

However, I really do think the author has a talent worth nuturing, and I will be reading her next novel, and hoping to see something a little less, well, ordinary.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Haley Mathiot VINE VOICE on March 22, 2012
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I was hoping for something a little more unique and individual from this book. As I started reading it, the main character's voice was nearly invisible: it was like she didn't have any character. I couldn't tell if she was haughty or shy, proud or embarrassed, or anything really.

In the first two chapters, stuff happened--but I couldn't tell you what, or why, or in what order, or how it was all related. Her thoughts and memories intertwined with her current experiences, but I couldn't keep track of what was what.

And really, the plot itself is very typical: girl has everything, boy is a mess, they fall in love and create a disaster but the sex is so good that it's worth it.

really?

No thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Castillo on April 13, 2012
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this is about a girl who has her whole life planned following her sisters footsteps. but she finds "love" and now does not want to chosen path and rebels
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barb Caffrey VINE VOICE on March 17, 2012
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Christina Meredith's "Kiss Crush Collide" is about Leah, a teenage girl who seems to have it all. She's beautiful girl who's at the top of her class in high school; she comes from a good family, has two sisters, and would never have to work a day in her life if she didn't want because her parents have amassed more than enough wealth than they apparently know what to do with.

But Leah feels trapped. Her boyfriend, Shane, is someone her mother wants her to date; while Shane is on the football team, is good-looking, and is presentable, he doesn't understand Leah at all. (That they have no chemistry together is obvious to an adult reader, but Leah finds it mystifying. Understandable in context, to be sure.) So when she meets a young man she initially calls "Porter" and feels such chemistry that the two make out on what amounts to their first date, she doesn't know what to do with herself.

And that's not all; her sisters, Yorke and Frederique (called "Freddie") are also beautiful, bright, and have all sorts of accomplishments. Yorke was the social butterfly who's about to get married at the age of 19 after one year of college, while Freddie is studying for a year abroad (in France) and has a boyfriend her parents barely approve of, one that they (and Yorke, but perhaps not Leah) want Freddie to dump before she goes overseas. We find that Freddie had to work really hard to get her year abroad, as their mother seems to have one and only one path she wants her daughters to tread -- the one Yorke apparently is on -- but with patience and forethought, Freddie did manage to win through and will have her year abroad. This is the only sign that perhaps Leah, too, can rebel in small ways and make her will be felt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2012
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Leah is just like her sisters. The youngest of three, she often feels like her life is predetermined, and she sees in future in the paths of her sisters. She feels as if she has no control of that path, until she meets a boy who will rock her world. Will she be strong enough to be her own person, despite what it may cost her?

This is kind of like a Harlequin romance for teens. The story is not awful, but also not exceptional. The characters of not developed to a deep, meaningful level, just enough to keep the story moving at a decent pace. This is a standard young adult type book; in terms of the writing it is quite appropriate for young adults, but not enough story or drama to really pull in an adult reader.

I really did like Leah's character, and felt she was pretty relatable. I think many young female readers will connect to her yearning to be her own person; personal identity is a real struggle for so many young adults. However, the Porter character is so much of a mystery to me. I mean, we do not even know his real name for half the book, he barely speaks. I just do not "get" him I guess.

All in all, this book was just O.K. Nothing earth shattering, and not likely to draw many adult readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James F. Booth on February 22, 2012
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I wasn't terribly impressed with this novel. It was decent enough, but the characters and the story just never took a full shape. Meredith definitely knows how to write love scenes though because those were sizzling but unfortunately I never got more than a lust sort of vibe between Leah and Porter. Also, I never really understood how he was from the "wrong side of the tracks"; I mean, yeah, he worked at the country club but his dad goes there and is somehow connected to it.

Leah's home life, while interesting, never got past the superficiality of it and so I couldn't really connect too well with her on that front. I definitely think there could have been more done to plump that aspect of the book up.

Overall, the book is decent and the author does show promise, but this is definitely a library or paperback type of book.
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