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Kiss & Make Up Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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Question: When did your love affair with make-up begin?
Katie Anderson: I can't remember a time when I didn't LOVE makeup. Cosmetics are like watercolors and my face, a canvas. However, it's funny, I don't even wear that much. My best friend just read the book and said, "Shoot. With the amount of cosmetics in here, you'd think you'd be made up like Tammy Faye Baker. But you're not? Why DO you love it so much?" I'm not sure. It's artistic. And I'm good at applying it. I liked giving makeovers as a kid. My daughter is the same way. Maybe it's genetic. Also, I think as a teen I never felt pretty and makeup had this magical power to transform. Though in truth, I realized it can't make a person feel pretty. That feeling comes from inside and isn't sold in tubes and compacts.
Q: Is anything from the book (aside from the makeup obsession) autobiographical?
KA: No. But in retrospect, I realized that I was like Emerson in that I was a fairly popular girl who was secretly intrigued by the less popular boys. I remember being fascinated by the romantic relationships that formed in social circles other than my own. And while there wasn't a boy like Edwin I liked, I wouldn't have been courageous enough to date him if there were. I would have dated a Vance type and suffered. So I guess I wanted to write a new story for a braver teenage Katie, a do-over.
Q: Was Emerson’s superpower one you always imagined or was it just the perfect tie-in to a fictional cosmetic related story?
KA: Totally fictional. And the cosmetics idea came much later in the writing, like a year or so later. I woke up in the middle of the night with the idea to name the chapters after different shades of lip gloss. I have always loved the names of nail polish colors and wanted to do something similar. I decided to create a Willy Wonka type scenario with makeup instead of chocolate. It was really, really fun.
Q: Was it important to set the story in the South and why?
KA: The South is what I call home and I just love it. This book wasn't actually as Southern at first. But I think I'll always write about the South. I love the food, the slower pace, the ties to tradition, the whole personality of it. I grew up in Virginia, but when I moved to Mississippi, I knew I had come home.
Q: Were you inspired by your 11 and 15-year-old daughters’ lives when writing this book?
KA: Not as much as you'd think. I heard a writer once say that most writers struggled with a particular time in their life and so they are stuck writing about it, perhaps in an effort to redo that troubled period. For me, it was my teenage years. I didn't have a very good sense of who I was and so I think I will always write about women who are trying to find that. I hope my own girls have a stronger sense of self than I did at their age.
Q: What would you like girls to take away from this book?
KA: First of all, I just hope it makes them smile and they enjoy it. I'd also like for them to understand that being the most popular or the prettiest face in school is not what will ultimately bring you happiness. I believe that each of us is unique like a snowflake, beautiful in her own right, created like no one else, and designed and equipped to do things only she can do. I wish girls would relax and trust that.
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Top Customer Reviews
Kiss and Make Up by Katie Anderson is a fun, YA story about friendship, first kisses, and first crushes. But it is also a story with deeper themes, and this is what makes the novel so wonderful. Emerson learns hard, and often humiliating, lessons about pre-judging others and true beauty.
Anderson has crafted a teen story without the typical cast of neglectful parents, rebellious kids, and uncaring teachers. Despite Emerson's clairvoyance, she is a refreshingly normal teen. This is not a story about vampires, zombies, death, addiction, bullying, divorce, poverty, or identity. Emerson's mistakes are her own, a result of her weaknesses rather than a response to the weaknesses of the adults in her life. And in the end, this is what I liked so much about Emerson. It doesn't take an apocalypse for her to change her ways, just a dose of good, old fashioned mother love.
Throughout the story I saw Emerson coming into her own, transforming from an egotistical, immature girl to a responsible, altruistic young woman. In the end she had me pulling for her and hoping she would use her gift for good. She did not disappoint. Ultimately I found myself rooting for Emerson, adoring Edwin, despising Silas, empathizing with Arch, and thoroughly enjoying this book. Great debut, Katie D. Anderson. Now I will wait patiently for the sequel...hint hint. ;)
Also, a minor point, but something that's so rare in YA fiction. I loved how naturally faith was woven into the story, and with such a light touch. Faith is important in the lives of many teens, but so often it feels like it's a taboo subject in YA, unless a book is marketed specifically as Christian fiction.
I'll be looking forward to more from this author--this was an excellent debut.
At one point in time I had to stop reading for a moment and read and reread to confirm that I had indeed understood a line. It is as follows, "The taste of vision lingers in my mouth as a twisted mess of sesame noodles flavored with peanuts, soy sauce, carrots, and ginger. A complete Asian masterpiece. And Sawyer's not even Asian. I guess it's not often you taste math and science formulas mixed together." REALLY???? How blatantly racist can you get nowadays???? Not to mention there are NO people of color in the book otherwise. So the only mention that ANY person of color gets involves the whole "Asians are nerds!" stereotype??? Seriously?
The book touches on several things but goes nowhere with them. It builds you up as though its going to be important later and then it literally just ends up not being important to the story line at all. If it wasn't going to be mentioned why bring up her mysterious "no good" father? What ever happened to her mother? Is Silas ever caught for the fires? How does her sister manage with the powers she cursed her with basically?? I just idk how to feel about this book at all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was great! Such a refreshing little chick lit. More on the teenager side but still relatable for me about 10 years out, mostly because it references a lot of things that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Vaughn
This book looks like it is going to be really girly but surprisingly it was really funny. (considering the title)Published 3 months ago by Staci Sheets
It was a slow start....I mean extremely slow. About a quarter of the way through I thought I would quit reading. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Avid Reader Girl
I loved this book so much. It had so many ups and downs, twists and turns throughout it. I loved the characters and the way the author wrote the ending. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Maya B16
Funny, cute and romantic. Emerson Taylor is a lip gloss addicted teen who has never kissed a boy. While she thinks this is her biggest problem her Aunt Arch disagrees Emerson's... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lily Rosella
My granddaughter actually read this book! And she usually doesn't like to read. It was perfect for and 12 year old who is into makeup and just getting interested in boys.Published 9 months ago by Cynthia A. McPherson
This book is different from just that cute love story its about realizing sometimes the easy way out isn't always the best.Published 10 months ago by Sami