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The International Kissing Club Paperback – January 3, 2012
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About the Author
IVY ADA MS is the pseudonym for three friends and writing partners: Emily McKay, Shellee Roberts, and Tracy Deebs. Though The International Kissing Club is their first novel together, they have written more than thirty novels between them. They shop, gossip, and watch movies in Texas. Look for The International Kissing Club on Facebook.
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Top Customer Reviews
Kissing for points is just not a concept that works for me and the whole premise just seemed shallow to me. The book did have some funny parts and by the time I got half way through I wanted to know how it all turned out for these four girls and the boys they had fallen for.
In the end I’d say this was a good book, I didn’t love it but I don’t regret taking the time to read it.
Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book
Content: language, innuendo, talk of sex
Source: Review Copy
When I started reading this book I thought I made a mistake. I don't want to make comparisons but it was shaping up to be another insipid substance-less bore with Piper's whining it was annoying, but after about two chapters in. I started to see a real story begin to emerge. Each of the girls had their own set of issues to deal with. She did an awesome job of showing the different perspectives of each character, in the context of their family issues. A true depiction that anyone could relate to. Especially the tunnel vision and the "why me" syndrome everyone is guilty of at one time in their life. Where you feel like the world is just conspiring against your happiness-- family dysfunction is universal, peer pressure, discovering who you are. For a debut author I think she did a smashing job cause trust me I've read some freshman novels that I thought should have never been published ok that was harsh that at least could have used some more fine tuning. For the rest copy past the link.
Piper has been humiliated by her long-time enemy in a VERY public way, so when she finds out about the foreign exchange program it's like a life line she has to grab on it. She convinces her three best friends to take their own trips as well and they form a facebook group to keep in touch. It's not just any facebook group though, it's a kissing club, one where they get a point for each different boy they kiss. Piper starts it out with a bang in the beautiful city of Paris. Having fun with her new house sister and kissing beautiful boys, Piper is having the time of her life. That is until she meets Sebastian, who may just be the only boy she wants to kiss. I didn't like Piper for a while. I thought she was a little too shallow, and way too whiny, but she grew on me later on. The girl has had it really rough and she was just ready to let her hair down and have some fun.
Cassidy has been waiting her whole life to get out of this tiny town in Texas. She jumps on her chance to go to Australia. What she doesn't expect when she gets there is to be so homesick. She misses her friends and her mom and her normal life, that is, until she meets a hot surfer. Vacation Cassidy is ready to have some fun! What Cassidy doesn't want is to fall in love, but 8 weeks can sometimes be more than enough... Cassidy is probably my favorite of all four girls. She had such a real and honest voice. Every time I got to her part of the story I kept wishing it was longer and wanted more!
Mei is the only Chinese girl in the small town of Paris, Texas. Having always been curious about her culture and her birth parents, she takes this opportunity to go to China. Stepping off the plane Mei immediately feels at home, but it isn't long before she realizes that she fits in even less her than she does in Texas. I really liked Mei, she is such a control freak (which I can totally relate to) yet still fun and a very good friend. She has a hard journey in China, but she takes it all like a trooper, she is one tough chick!
Izzy get left behind. The always looked over middle child, her parents don't have the money to send her on a trip, so she finds a summer job on a farm back home. Izzy is definitely one confused girl. She makes some bad choices that come back to haunt her in the end. Izzy probably my second favorite of the girls though. She's funny and always has a sarcastic come-back. I really enjoyed her part of the story.
International Kissing Club was a light-hearted read. It started out a little slow, but once they went on their separate trips it really took off and I was able to fly through the rest of it. I love that in between the chapters it would show little posting on the IKC facebook page, that was a very fun break-up to the chapters. Overall, I thought International Kissing Club was an enjoyable tale of love, and friendship, and what it takes to keep both going.