- File Size: 4910 KB
- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: Swoon Reads (August 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KFWX6RG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Praise for Kissing Max Holden:
"Kissing Max Holden is like the perfect slice of pumpkin pie: it's equal parts sweet and spicy, and you can't get enough of it! What a treat!" ―Jessica Love, author of In Real Life
“A moving book with depth, Kissing Max Holden is perfect for readers wanting a strong female character in a realistic romance. Wonderfully written and swoony.” ―Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan
“Sarah Dessen fans rejoice―you are going to love Kissing Max Holden!” ―Lisa Schroeder, author of Chasing Brooklyn
“Full of wit, humor, and spine-tingling smooches, Kissing Max Holden combines the classic themes of contemporary romance with riveting family drama. . . . I literally could not put this book down and would buy a physical copy for my shelf in a heartbeat. I can't wait to read what Katy writes next.” ―Erin Bowman, author of Vengeance Road--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Jill and Max’s friendship has never been easy. They fall in and out of love with each other faster than people change underwear, but the timing has never been right. So when the story starts out with a full-on make-out session between the two, it’s the perfect launch for a helluva lot of drama. Exhibit A: Max was kind of, sort of drunk when it happened. Exhibit B: Max kind of, sort of had a girlfriend at the time.
So I’ve never been a big fan of cheating stories. I mercilessly DNFed a book named Mercy, tore down a chicklit called Sleeping Arrangements, and I have a few thoughts on my mind about Étienne St Clair from Anna and the French Kiss, as well. It’s also really typical that the girlfriend is a bitch, because otherwise there’s no reason for us to root for Jill and Max. So yes, even though the girlfriend is supposed to be this terrible person, I found it hard to root for our protagonists.
They did have a lot of chemistry, though – the author definitely came through when she decided to put “Kissing” in the title. It is a kissing book, and the more heated scenes are good enough to shoot tingles down everyone’s spines. And when you have a less-than-ideal home situation on both sides of the equation, it is not hard to imagine that they would seek refuge in each other’s arms (and mouths).
I did appreciate the fact that Jill’s storyline parallelled with troubles in her own parents’ marriage, and how she was able to use that to evaluate her own actions as The Other Woman. I also enjoyed watching her relationship with her stepmother grow because of these issues. And though I often grew really weary of her on-again-off-again fling with Max – seriously, sometimes this book felt so much longer than 304 pages – it was good to see that things didn’t immediately become sunshine and rainbows, both as casual friends and as boyfriend and girlfriend. The hard topics are handled quite well.
One more thing I really loved was the fact that Jill had a passion for baking, and therefore described people like pastries. For instance, there was a character who was described as being like a crème brûlée – soft and sweet on the inside, but in order to get there, you have to crack a hard wall first. I thought those little nuggets were a really cute touch, and all the baking made Jill a softer and more caring character.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy
Add in that Jillian's dream is a fancy pastry school in NYC, her dad and stepmom are expecting a baby after a long period of trying via in vitro fertilization, etc., and they're fighting more and more. When Will and Jillian kiss in her bedroom, she knows it's a bad decision, especially when they're caught by her dad.
What ensues involves an impossible to ignore attraction between them, secrets becoming unraveled and Jillian learning that she's been betrayed in a way that hurts and angers her. How she deals with her growing attraction to Max and being betrayed are complicated by yet another unexpected event involving her stepmom. All these elements are delightfully blended into a hard to put down YA romance. Highly suggested for teens liking romance, especially with intrigue and very likable characters.
Read and find out!!
It's a cute and fun read. Definitely worth a chance for YA/NA readers.
Fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick, Morgan Matson, and Jessi Kirby will adore this book.
I don't want to include any spoilers, so I'll not give away too much... but here are a few of my favorite things about this book.
I love that all of the characters (adults and young adults) deal with their issues in authentic ways. People make big mistakes (in life and in fiction) and there aren't easy answers to big mistakes. These wonderfully genuine characters deal with their world in a way that is compelling and realistic. The characters are complex in all the right ways. Max is not a uni-dimensional "bad boy" and I love that Jilly cares for him while also standing up for herself. She's the perfect mix of sweet and strong.
This book has everything -- a gripping story about families, sincere friendships, a heavenly romance -- oh, and completely delectable baking references!
Dive in-- you won't regret it!