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How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You (Aurora Skye, 1) Hardcover – October 25, 2016

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Gr 9 Up—Australian debut author Eglington brings Shakespeare to high school, creating a comedy of errors with mixed results. Narrator Aurora Skye is drop-dead gorgeous, popular, and so adept at outmaneuvering her dates that she's never been kissed. Living up to her fairy-tale name, she is waiting for her perfect mate, who must meet a set of rigorous criteria in order to win her heart. As she deals with her constant disappointment with the eligible bachelors at her high school, 16-year-old Aurora busies herself with the love lives of her best friends, the sweet Cassie and haughty glamour girl Jelena. The girls become involved in the school's staging of Much Ado About Nothing. Aurora's ample mental energy is also spent on battling her gorgeous next-door neighbor, whose charms are lost on the narrator as she deals with her distracted father ("New Age Dad") and copes with the reemergence of her runaway mother. While the book strives for the kind of Shakespeare update that was executed to such fresh comedic effect in the films Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You, it never quite gets off the ground. Aurora has a biting wit and a difficult family life, but most of the other characters seem one-dimensional, the setting is a generic anyworld, and the plot twists feel contrived. VERDICT Although uniting high school and Shakespeare can work, this addition won't go far to woo readers.—Sara Scribner, Marshall Fundamental School, Pasadena, CA


"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

Product details

  • 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
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