- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 8 - 12
- Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (May 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140225461X
- ISBN-13: 978-1402254611
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,882,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Are You Going to Kiss Me Now? Paperback – May 1, 2011
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"Fran won an essay contest, and it landed her in hell: assigned as a reporter to a celebrity charity mission. But when their plane crashes, Fran is stranded on an island with the crazy celebrities, including a teen heartthrob, diva party-girl, and aging actor hoping for a comeback. The celebrities battle their demons while Fran narrates the disaster in her uniquely witty way... Reality TVobsessed teens, though, will thoroughly enjoy this." - Booklist
"This clever comedy strands a starstruck girl on a deserted island with major celebrities...The scenario makes for some marvelous dry humor, enhanced by Tanen's ability to turn an original phrase: "OMG she was the size of a lima bean." Yes, the characters learn some important and dramatic lessons and maturity happens, but the thrust of this book is comedy, and it scores. A witty winner aimed straight at reality-TV fans. (Comedy adventure. 12 & up)" - Kirkus
"Fulfilling a fantasy you may not even have known you had Are You Going To Kiss Me Now? (available May 1) maroons a normal American teenager with five celebrities off the coast of Madagascar. Sloane Tanen keeps it breezy and fun while having her way with the cult of fame." - Campus Circle
"With tons of hilarious celeb mockery and characters that seem like they were ripped off the pages of US Weekly, this is a phenomenal read that will make you think twice about picking up a tabloid and admiring (or worshipping) those who inhabit its glossy pages. If you read only one book this year, make sure it's this one." - Chicklit Club
"In the end, Francesca learns a little from the atrociously-behaved celebs, and they learn a little from her. But in fact, it's you and I who are the real winners, because we get to read this funny, frothy, zingy novel." - Pink Me
"I loved the voice of this novel. The writing is fresh and hilarious...Fran gets a rude awaking to how celebrity and reality worlds in fact collide which is shown in satiric wit throughout... I laughed out loud more than once throughout this story. It was a refreshing break from all the recent dark, paranormals out there." - YABooksCentral
"I really enjoyed this book and couldn't help but laugh at different times throughout the book. It was nice to see that a girl who is funny and awkward try to make the best of a worst situation and the gradually seems to fit in and become one of the crowd who ends up becoming friends with them." - Cindy's Love Of Books
"...is a hilarious and fun adventure...I don't want to ruin too much of the plot but if you love to laugh and love (or secretly love) to be immersed in the lives of the rich and famous you will definitely enjoy this book!" - I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read
"Tanen is hilarious! She doesn't hold back in her acerbic ribs! ...This is side-splitting funny! Even though these are merely fictional celebrities, you feel as if you're getting to see what it would be like stranded with real celebrities. This would make a hysterical movie!" - Teacher Librarian
"If you've been looking for the perfect, adorable, funny, smart YA beach read, I've found it for you. It's fun, fast-paced, and rife with wit, and I just know you'll love it! With epic sass and brilliant voice, ARE YOU GOING TO KISS ME NOW? is a sure hit for romcom fans. It's like LORD OF THE FLIES meets GEORGIA NICOLSON meets US Weekly. How could this not be a fun read?" - The Hate-Mongering Tart
"I picked up the book and I couldn't put it down at first. Sloane's voice is real and addictive. It's like talking to your best friend. I couldn't help but think about one of my favorite authors that achieves the same sort of feeling, Meg Cabot." - Yay Reads
About the Author
Sloane Tanen is the creator of the bestselling book Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same as well as four other books for adults and children. She received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and holds graduate degrees in literary theory and art history. She lives with her husband and son in California. Visit www.sloanetanen.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Francesca is angry at her father so she zips off an entry for a Seventeen magazine contest. Unfortunately, the topic of the essay is how she recovers from her grief at his tragic death in a car accident. In one of those twists that only happen in novels or soap operas, Francesca's essay wins the contest. Since the prize is a chance to travel with a group of celebrities as a "guest correspondent" and Francesca is super obsessed with tabloid news, she doesn't tell anyone that the essay is a fake.
Surprise! On the way to promote literacy in Africa, the plane goes down, stranding these narcissistic celebrities, a celebrity blogger, and Francesca on a small island. Somehow they have to manage to keep from killing each other long enough to survive.
The summary sounds like it would be too farfetched to be believable, and it is, but that's not the point of the book. Francesca is a fun and funny narrator, full of both snark and self-deprecation where warranted. The celebrities start out being one dimensional (the washed-up older actor, the teen heart throb, the drug addict, etc.) but begin to be more realistic and well-rounded by the end of the story. On the few occasions I got bored with the celebrities, I kept reading to figure out what Francesca would do about her father IF they ever got rescued.
One nitpick: the author seems to play a little loose with timing -- especially when they are on the island. I could go back and try to figure out exactly how much time had passed, but it's a little tougher to do on a Kindle (AND I don't want to work that hard for a book like this). It just seemed to me that they would talk about something happening and then it was night, which should have indicated one day, but there would be a reference to "two days ago". I get that it would be difficult to measure time exactly, but day and night should be pretty obvious. I had trouble figuring out how much time had passed between various events, and keeping track of both people and their activities. Maybe it was just me.
Regardless, this was a fun book to take along to the beach or on vacation in the car. It didn't require a lot of effort, it was fun to try to pick out references to specific celebrities, and the ending made sense.
I hated all the characters. Every last one, including the protagonist, but now after I think back on the book, I remember them fondly. I think my favorite was Milan. She was like a mash-up of Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan. She was out-of-control but stupidly funny. While we are on that topic, I also enjoyed all the celebrity and pop-culture references. And this book is totally full of every celebrity and Hollywood stereotype there is. Are some of them true though? That's the magic question.
A lengthy review is not necessary. Put it this way. If you enjoy reading about Hollywood, the crazy Los Angeles lifestyle, or if you like to see ridiculous things happen to celebrities, you should probably read this book. Even if you think Hollywood and the paparazzi are ridiculous and disgusting, you should still probably read it, because secretly, I think the author does too.
One, the language. I just didn't always appreciate the way the characters spoke. The cursing was a fair constant, and Jesus was a go-to word. Also, one of the people stranded was supposed to be this super religious, uptight, sort of Jesus freak if you will. It depicted Christians in a bad light, and yeah, some of us are like that. I guess I just hate how the characters, at least, seemed to sum this is up as all Christians and write off anything to do with God.
All the celebrities are pretty much your over privileged, selfish, stereotypical expectation. Don't expect much more from them.
And the romance? Come on. No, no, no.
Still, I was invested in the book. I wanted to know how they got along on the island. I wanted to watch a relationship unfold, or a love triangle, or something. There were plot twists aplenty. Sloane Tanen did do a good job of stringing people along with the prospect of the main character ending up with one of the guys. While there wasn't much depth to the celebrities, it was nice when the group started bonding and actually acknowledge our main character was alive.
Overall, this book was pretty enjoyable. It wasn't my favorite, but Sloane concocted a pretty good story line. You'll probably love it if you're into reality TV shows, because I expected them to stumble on some cameras at any minute.
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