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A Thousand Boy Kisses Paperback – March 14, 2016
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Tillie Cole, a northern girl through and through, originates from a place called Teesside in Great Britain, and is the daughter of an English mother and Scottish father. A graduate of Newcastle University, she taught secondary-school social studies for seven years before resettling with her husband in Canada. She writes contemporary romance, dark romance, young adult novels, and new-adult fiction.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Poppy and Rune became best of friends at an early age. They were next door neighbors who were inseparable from the time Rune moved next door to Poppy. Before Poppy’s grandmother passes away, she gives her a mason jar and to live a full live and to fill it with 1000 boy kisses. Not the quick peck kind but the earth shattering, make your heart burst kind. Now at this point Poppy is just around eightish and this is where I first started questioning the story. The idea behind the jar is something amazing but I wish Poppy was just a little older. So as they get older Poppy and Rune share kisses in the quest to fill her jar.
Unfortunately at one point Rune and his family moves away. This leaves both Poppy and Rune miserable. They vow to stay in touch but as time goes on the correspondence fade. Rune becomes the typical “I hate the world” teenager and recoils from interacting with his family. He blames them for separating him and Poppy and rebels against everyone.
Fast forward a couple more years and Rune and his family returns home to their house next to Poppy. Now in high school, Rune becomes the talk of school as he has always been mysterious but now the whole rebel attitude makes him even more popular. He refuses to talk to Poppy until one night they run into each other. What Rune doesn’t know is that Poppy has been hiding something from him. She was doing it to protect him and now it appears to have backfired. But like to magnetics they are drawn to each other.
Will Poppy be able to open up completely to Rune about what she is hiding. She has kept this secret from everyone and now she knows she must come forward and share it with him. The secret is what changes everything. What’s the secret? You will need to read to find out! Even though I give a 3 star, it doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. I did like it, just didn’t love but think its one worth reading. This is a young adult novel so any age would be able to read.
Poppy and Rune meet at the age of 5 when Rune's family move from Norway into the house next door to Poppy. These two hit it off immediately and are pretty much inseparable after until Rune's father's job sends the family back to Norway when Rune and Poppy are fifteen years old. Rune and Poppy were both devastated when Rune's family had to move away. But after two months Rune stopped hearing from Poppy. Now two years later, Rune's family returns to the same house and Rune is determined to find out why Poppy stopped answering and returning his calls. But Rune's also not the same boy that Poppy once knew.
I really feel like any more description about the specific events of the story would be spoilers so I'll try to just describe how I felt reading the book. Even though I cried multiple times early on, I felt like things were going too well too quickly for Poppy and Rune. Conflict is necessary for any good story, and the few things that I thought might end up being the main conflict of this story were only minor in comparison.
While I personally enjoyed A Thousand Boy Kisses, I can see this book being an issue for some readers. First off, Poppy and Rune have an intense relationship from a very early age. I've found in my life that some people just don't believe it is possible to have this strength of relationship at this age. Then Poppy and Rune often refer to each other as soulmates which is another thing some don't believe in. Death is a component within the story which is a trigger for some. But beyond that, a positive attitude in death and suffering, faith in God and heaven...all of these things are subjects that I've found some reject. However, all of these aspects are reasons why I enjoyed A Thousand Boy Kisses.
-He kissed me until there was no part of me that didn't know who it belonged to. He kissed me until my heart again fused with his--two halves of one whole.
-"Kiss three hundred and fifty-seven. Against the wall of my house...when Rune took possession of my heart." Rune stilled, his hands tensed, and I finished with, "And my heart almost burst."
I had a few other quotes, but they contained spoilers. A Thousand Boy Kisses was definitely an emotional read all around. I personally found the first half to be better and more emotional than the second half. The second half struggled with some cheesiness for me. The ending was a bit too Notebook-y for me. But this book was exactly what I needed. A Thousand Boy Kisses gets 4.5 Stars from me. Have you read A Thousand Boy Kisses? What did you think? Let me know!