Review: Kissing in America

Kissing in America
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review might wind up sounding like a zippy movie blurb:

“Five Stars! Heartwarming! It’ll make you laugh! It’ll make you cry! The must read YA book of 2016!” (Though I think it came out last year?)

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It spoke to me on MANY MANY levels. The blurb for the book makes it feel slightly shallow, but this book has a soul. One that I hated to put down when I had to pack something or clean something for the quickly impending move. It was beautiful!

Eva Roth is a sixteen year old girl who is in love with Romance Books, the historical and oddly/funnily worded type. Eva has been dealing with her dad’s death and trying to communicate with her mom, a womanyst and professor who thinks brushing it away is the best way to deal. She meets a guy in tutoring named Will. And falls for him. Hard. And after becoming closer with him, both sharing dark secrets about their losses and families, he moves to Los Angeles. She decides to go visit him and the best way to get there is have her best friend Annie try out for “The Smartest Girl in America”, a game show with a scholarship as a prize.

This book was like mini stories combined in one great tale. There was the falling in love. The game show. The travel across the country…and the addition of Eva’s Aunt Janet, the crazy woman who thinks everyone on the planet has an STD. (I swear she makes me laugh!)

It starts off asking what’s wrong with romance…but winds up more than a tale of love and how a teenager needs to be with her man boyfriend teenage guy friend. That’s why it seems shallow in the description. This has a lesson in life and death. Lessons in being okay with who you are whether the smartest girl in the US or a romantic or even a gung-ho girl power guru. Lessons about love gained and love lost and all the different kinds of love to hold onto or lose forever.

All told in a creative, fun way.

I’d recommend this book to any girl out there–any personality, old or young, at any phase in their life.


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