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How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You (Aurora Skye, 1) Hardcover – October 25, 2016
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"Aurora’s indefatigable enthusiasm permeates Eglington’s writing, and keeps every plot twist frothy and fun, whether it involves family, boys, or the production of Much Ado About Nothing Hayden and Aurora star in (whose plot parallels their own journey from mutual antagonism to romantic attraction). Eglington celebrates female friendship and loyalty, too, and Aurora’s sunny outlook will satisfy readers looking for a romantic comedy with a dash of Shakespeare." ―Publishers Weekly
"If you've been looking for Clueless: The Next Generation, your search ends here! How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is a candy-coated read with all of the drama and plenty of heart." ―Sandy Hall, author of A Little Something Different and Signs Point to Yes
"Like Aurora, you will find yourself unable to resist the romance and laughter of How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You. Funny and sharp, Shakespeare lovers and resisters alike will fall for this swoon worthy story."
―Michelle Ray, author of Falling for Hamlet
"This book is full of all the best things―zany misunderstandings, strong friendships, cute boys, and the fun, fresh, and fantastic Aurora Skye, who you're rooting for as soon as she falls in a puddle trying to implement Operation Stop Kiss. How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is an absolute delight." ―Jessica Love, author of In Real Life
- Grade Level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250049539
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250049537
- Product Dimensions : 5.6 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Reading level : 12 - 18 years
- Publisher : A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin (October 25, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,756,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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See, at 16, Aurora wants a real true love, not like her parents marriage which dissolved horribly when her mom up and left one day four years ago. Oh, mumzy's back, as of a year ago, with her Spanish boyfriend and little time to call Aurora, unless it's to check and see if she's ready to begin modelling.
Aurora wants to help all her friends find their Perfect Prince, too, and decides that going for the school play might help couple up her best gal, Cass, with Scott, a new boy who's friends with Hayden. Hayden is a perennial thorn in Aurora's side. He's always seated near her, and is ultra-competitive, and basically in her face, even witnessing her graceless attempts to keep her dates from swooping in for The Kiss. While Aurora wants a secondary part in the <i>MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING</i> production, she and Hayden are cast as the leads--with a kiss in the script! How will Aurora deflect this? And why is Hayden suddenly being so nice to her? Is it because she has a secret admirer?
I liked the back-and-forth of this one. Aurora, for all her desire to be a Love Coach, is a blissfully ignorant young girl. Her quaint idea of having a special first kiss is endearing, and sweet. I liked how she and Hayden had a troubled history, that was partly explained by Aurora's dysfunctional relationship with her mother. Her father's given up on the materialistic aspects of his life, becoming New Age Dad (NAD for short), and is currently dating a horror of a woman, much to Aurora's chagrin. There are some fun bleed-throughs of the Much Ado storyline into the book, with the cattyiness, rumor-mongering and issues with True Love. I will also say that I found the idea of only giving kisses (or any affection) to a partner who is worthy of you to be a very sex-positive and life affirming message for teens. One of the main messages is: you can CHOOSE who gets a piece of you, which is a lesson I fell is underrated in society today.
It's readily apparent that Hayden is a decent guy, and his continued attempts to befriend Aurora eventually bear fruit. He's her constant defender against nasty boys trying to sully her name, and a super-duper cat finder when she needs one. The detached parentals were a little convenient, and the lack of proper grounding of the story was a bit irritating to me, as I'm all about setting. I pretty much had to guess that she was in Australia, based on some buried clues, which later became rather nutty--her dad's going to NYC for a business trip and returning in a day? Not bloody likely, mate. I really enjoy books set in other countries, and felt the generic descriptions detracted from what could have been a lush read. That said, the book makes up for poor setting with sweet romance.
Aurora does meet her Prince, but really, it's not when she wants. See, she's already fallen for Hayden before her Secret Admirer can step forward. Can she accept a kiss from someone she hardly knows--even with his splendid poetry and taste in flowers? Or, should she follow her heart and kiss Hayden before anyone else can get in the way?
Aurora makes the only choice she can--and I liked how lovely it all was. Quite the storybook romance for these previously star-crossed love birds.
Sixteen and never been kissed is exactly how she wants it, and everything is right on track, until she inadvertently becomes cast as the leading role in the school’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing” opposite her neighbor and arch enemy, Hayden Paris.
Hayden Paris, the boy next door, is funny, intelligent and a thorn in Aurora’s side. The final scene calls for a romantic kiss between the lead characters. How can she save her first kiss for her prince and her secret admirer if she is forced to kiss Hayden on stage?
Over the years, high school stories have become less interesting for me. Even when I was still in high school, high school romance novels held little appeal. Something about this book, however, caught my attention from the first moment that I read the title on Goodreads.
The story line was instantly revealing, I thought: “I know exactly how this is going to go,” and for the most part, I was correct. Yet, somehow, this book has found a spot on my “favorites” shelf.
As I stated before, the plot line is fairly predictable, following a similar path as countless other teenage romance novels and movies. It’s the plotline that speaks to the “hopeless romantic” in all of us.
I found myself instantly drawn into this novel. I found myself drawn to the main character and thrilled that she promoted strength to young women, girls, who are struggling with the sometimes brutal ways of high school dating. I appreciate the author encouraging girls to require respect from their prospective boyfriends and realizing that they deserve to be treated well, with kindness and respect, without having to be a damsel in distress.
This novel was jam-packed with humor and unique, yet realistic characters with worries, goals and struggles. The entire tone of the book is light while still addressing difficult subjects that are present in life.
I found it very interesting that the author included an “absentee mother” and how this can affect the life of the child. The concept of the “absent mother” is less common in novels and movies than the “absentee father,” in my own observations, and yet it does happen and does affect the child and the rest of the family. Especially when the absence is by choice.
I loved this witty, whimsical, romance novel and will be keeping it in the hopes that my daughters will one day read it as well. Who knows, I just might read it again.
I would recommend this novel to all hopeless romantics of any age and especially to high school and middle school girls on their own search for their potential prince.
I have permission from the publishers at St. Martin’s Press to use the image of the cover artwork above.
I received my copy of this novel from Goodreads FirstReads.
I found Aurora a bit whiny at times, but I firmly believed that she was in high school. I have heard similar things come out of high schoolers' mouths. This book is perfect for the YA group. I loved that it subtly told readers that you can choose who you kiss (or do more with) and who doesn't. This is something that I am not sure this age group is really taught anymore. But, with school and family, you don't always get what you want.
Thank you St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the digital ARC of this book!