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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385378688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385378680
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Elle and Lee have the perfect coed relationship: a best friend to shop with, stand up for you when others put you down, finish your sentences, and never ever-even for the slightest second-consider crossing the line between friendship and romance. Then Elle falls for Lee's older brother, and their friendship is put to the ultimate test. Kissing Booth is both predictable and deeply implausible. These kids have drunken parties, sleepovers at one another's houses without calling home, and sex within days of starting a relationship, and seem to wear the least amount of clothing possible at all times. Teens are likely to be turned off by this book as it paints them as irresponsible, unintelligent, and emotionally stunted on nearly every page. Simply put, today's young adults deserve a little more credit. The pacing of the novel leaves a lot to be desired, as there are several instances in which a plotline absorbs 30 to 40 pages of rising action only to fizzle in two to three anticlimactic pages. The poor writing and flawed characters can be forgiven, but the glorification of a controlling boyfriend as the ideal male is both insulting to women and a dangerous message to be sending girls.-Jennifer Furuyama, Pendleton Public Library, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Elle, the classic girl next door, actually lives a 10-minute walk away from her best friend Lee’s house. Together they plan a student council–sponsored kissing booth for the upcoming school fair. There’s nothing romantic about her relationship with Lee, and it’s just as well, because his older brother, Noah, is hot stuff. Everyone knows it, and try as Elle might to get Noah to participate in the booth, he refuses. Little does she know, he won’t do it because the only kisses he wants to receive are from her. Seventeen-year-old debut author Reekles makes quick work of getting her couple together, and the rest is all blistering smooches and sneaking around. Some aspects of this romance are problematic. The heroine is fully aware of the hero’s hotheaded nature, and regards his possessive-to-the-point-of-violent behavior (though never toward her, we are repeatedly assured) as a sexy quirk of his personality. However, this work is nothing if not a frilly flight of fancy, coated with the finest in cavity-inducing sugar. Pucker up. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Teenage author? Discovered among the self-published ranks? It’s the kind of story the media drools over, which means sky-high awareness and a full-court press. Grades 9-12. --Courtney Jones

Customer Reviews

It's just very long and sappy and all leads to an awful ending.
Joanne Coghlan
I would definitely Recommend it to anyone who like teenage romance books.
Kennajane11
She did a great job of creating characters I thought were interesting.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Kissing Booth is a quick and quite enjoyable summer read that kept me well entertained for a couple of days. I wouldn't call it memorable or game-changing, but it was definitely cute and sunny, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys teen angst, secret love affairs and overly dramatic female characters.

This book reminded me a lot of Beautiful Disaster by Jaime McGuire and I think anyone who is looking for a more YA-friendly version of that book (tamer, more cutesy) will definitely enjoy The Kissing Booth. Like Beautiful Disaster, this book has a cocky and controlling guy, a sweet and naive girl (who, of course, doesn't realize how hot she actually is), and lots and lots of drama. There's passion, kissing, fooling around and even some sex. There's sneaking around, lying, breaking up and reconciling. And a whole lot of acting stupid and irrational. The only difference is that The Kissing Booth has a better ending that redeems some of that stupid and irrational stuff that goes down in the second half of the book, leaving the reader slightly more satisfied (still pretty frustrated, though).

Personally, I wasn't a fan of Beautiful Disaster at all and, sadly, there were things about The Kissing Booth that annoyed me just as much. For instance, there is nothing I hate more than cocky, controlling, border-line abusive love-interests, and while Noah isn't as horrible as Travis, he is still far from perfect. Overprotective, stubborn, jealous and possessive, Noah frequently behave in a way that made me cringe and shake my head in disgust. He tells Rochelle what she should wear and who she should or shouldn't talk to, and makes sure that no other boy ever flirts with her or even looks at her in a *funny* way (as in: expressing interest).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mary-celeste Lewis on October 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Before you assume I'm a prude for saying what I'm about to say, let me preface. I adore romance. Jane Austen, regency, guilty-pleasure Meg Cabot novels, and even the quirkier ones. I have been in many relationships, and I am probably the first person my friends come to when they need relationship advice. I also have edited novels now due for publication, and consider the romantic genre my specialty. The plot of the romantic genre deals with feelings. Can we all agree on that?

The Kissing Booth had no feelings, and I could really spit nails about the fact that Miss Reekles portrayed, as another reviewer said, a mindset of "do whatever you want with none of the consequences." For starters, The Kissing Booth discusses underage sex and drinking. Well, with the "anything goes" non-censorship policy of YA literature today, I shouldn't be freaking out about that, right? There are plenty of books that include teen drinking and underage sex that I made it through just fine, and even respected, even though that's really not my favorite thing. The difference? Miss Reekles has clearly NEVER experienced what she describes. It is a scientific fact that there are LOTS of hormones, emotions, and physical repercussions associated with having sex, particularly for the first time, and particularly as a young person. NONE of these were represented. In fact, without even a single mention of a condom up to that point, the only thing her father even says to her after he finds out she has had (unprotected!) sex with her not-even-boyfriend is more or less, "try not to get knocked up, honey." And then he proceeds to buy her a car. YUP.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michelle P. Nestler on June 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
I thought this book would be interesting because it was written by someone so young and it was originally on Wattpad, but I was terribly disappointed. The plot was very common, we have read it and seen it so many times before. The girl likes her best friend's boyfriend, they hook up, she feels terrible about it and on and on and on. What particularly upset me was how the girl's father was COMPLETELY okay with her staying over at her friend's house and drinking and partying without a second thought. This "casual" relationship was way too emphasized, and it also frustrated me that her friend took a day to be angry at her fro sleeping with his brother and then he was fine. The rest of the 400 or so pages were just about this abusive relationship and it was entirely unrealistic. All of the fights that she and Noah had were usually over him not liking what she wore or what she did with guys, and this was obviously an abusive act. It made me mad that this book has gotten so popular when its story is entirely over done and has little substance.

I do not recommend this book at all. Don't waste your money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kris roelink on June 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
I commend the young author, but anyone over 13 should not waste time on this book. And I am not sure I would want my daughter to read it at 13. There is unprotected (presumably) sex with no consequences, emotional or physical. That is not real life. I read it for a book club or I would not have gotten past page 2.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Klover on September 4, 2013
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I bought this for my 14 yr old granddaughter who loves to read. I asked her how it was & she said it was pretty sexual. I was surprised since it was written by such a young girl... I guess I was thinking more like a first kiss book instead.............of...??. I should have known better...
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