The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles
Release Date: ebook – April 9, 2013 & trade paperback May 14, 2013
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Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Age Group: Young Adult
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The Kissing Booth is about a 16 going on 17 year old girl named Rochelle. She is inseparable with her best friend Lee. Who happens to have a very hot, older brother with a bad boy reputation. And of course Rochelle or Shelley or Elle (she has a lot of nicknames) has a crush on Lee’s bad boy brother, Noah.
Crazy things happen when Rochelle and Lee decide to run a Kissing Booth at their spring carnival. But you’ll just have to read it to find out what exactly those crazy things are.
So, The Kissing Booth. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but I still had a lot of fun reading it. It was a cute story and it was a really fast read. I read it in just a few hours. The author is a teen herself which I think it just awesome. It makes me feel like a loser, but I just love seeing the accomplishments of young people!
I can really see younger YA readers devouring this one. Although since I did mention younger YA reader, Rochelle does do some drinking, spending the night with boys, and other activities. And not that I don’t think teenagers do that, because uh, I totally remember what I was doing at 16 and my parents would have killed me. Which was why I thought it was a little weird that her father new about all her “extra circular” activities and seemed “okay” with them. But I don’t know much about being a parent. At least not yet, ask me again about that in 16 years when my daughter is a teen.
But back to the story. I really liked the friendship between Lee and Elle. It was nice having a story about a girl and a guy being best friends and one of them not falling for the other while the other is totally oblivious. Not to sound like a broken record, but the word cute just keeps coming up in my mind. And it was just that, a cute and entertaining story.
I read an bound galley, not a finished book, but I’m wondering and hoping that some of the dialogue will be changed. There were some instances where you could tell that the author isn’t a native to the States. Which I don’t have a problem with at all, except for the fact that the book is set in California.
I know the author has more books coming as well as a sequel to Kissing Booth and I’m really looking forward to watching her writing style develop as her career continues.