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for us booksellers to read I ve seen a couple of negative reviews us booksellers to read I ve a couple of negative reviews this book on oodreads and all I can think is Did we read the same book I thought this book was absolutely hilarious honest and exhilarating to read I loved every moment of it I knew I was oing to love it because I was literally laughing out loud by page 2 and it takes A LOT for a book to make me do this I think it s because the type of humour in this book is EXACTLY my type of humour It had me iggling like an idiot I want to stress that this isn t a romance It s a coming of age story that focuses mainly on friendship family and rief and how these affect Eva throughout the events in the novel I absolutely loved the poetry theme and the depth to the family issues and the road trip was just brilliant I also loved how we ot to see REAL issues that impact REAL teens today I found the main character to be really relatable even though I haven t been through a Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood grieving process or anything I just felt like I connected to her for some reason and props to Margo Rabb for creating a character that I easily could attach myself to I love the theme in this book that true love comes in all different forms not just romantic love I loved reading about Eva srowth as a person and I loved joining her on her journey to self discoveryI loved everything about this book and I highly highly recommend picking it up if you love a Imagine That! good contemporary that has a romance throughout but isn t solely romance focused LOVED IT 4 45 stars Review originally posted at Mostly YA LitThe first thing you need to know about this book is that it is not really about kissing at all I think there are maybe three kisses total in the book And the cover while adorable does not belie what s inside Basically Kissing in America is nothing like what you would expect it to be Sometimes that s aood thing and sometimes it s bad For me KiA was SO MUCH BETTER than I expected It s a beautifully written poignant tale of women and where their hearts lie In particular it s about one Elena's Conquest girl Eva Roth who lost her father in a plane crash two years ago Eva and her father were close sharing a love of writing and poetry but Eva hasn t written a thing since he died choosing to read romance novels by the dozen and focus on school instead Meanwhile Eva and her Women s Studies professor mother have a strained relationship because her mother seems to have completely put her father out of her mind Eva falls into a romance with Will a cooluy at school they have a special night together and then he suddenly moves away to California Desperate to see him again Eva concocts a plan with her best friend science Sister of My Heart genius Amy toet on a reality show that films in LA and travel out there by busI read some reviews that commented that Eva felt a bit young with her crush and her ambition to find Will and I have to respectfully disagree Eva has been very carefully sheltered by her mother during the formative years of her life and her introvertedness fits perfectly with the King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies grief and recovery process that she s beenoing through The fact that she s dealing with it essentially alone as her mother is basically ignoring her own Rescuing Gus grief makes it even realistic to me that Eva would latch onto the idea of happily ever after and perfect moments typical of romance novelsThis is a story about airl who craves romance but needs unconditional love It s a story about taking action and finding than what you were looking for It s about navigating complicated relationships and recognizing that people are than just the stories we create about them in our minds It s about learning to move on while holding on tight If I have criticisms they are that the book slowed down a bit for me in the middle and that some of the fake romance novel excerpts seemed really well FAKE to me As a reader of romance I don t think I ve ever encountered any mass market paperback romance that had any mention of ripe love mounds or man dew I know some of the descriptions were written for humor s sake but I felt that they were doing a bit of a disservice to the romance Class of 92: Out of Our League genre which was strange because it went counter to one of the book s themes of the romance novels literary writing being able to sit together at the same table Still despite those slight reservations I read this in two sittings and honestly if I had had time I would have read it in one It was completely absorbing a true contemporary with a fully realized cast of characters I loved everyone in this book I loved how real it felt and how many mistakes were made and how the characters just kept on trying and loving and trying again Bonuses I really liked Kissing in America by Ma. Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb’s Kissing in America is “a wonderful novel about friendship love travel life hope poetry intelligence and the inner lives ofirls” raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert Eat Pray Love In the two years since her father died sixteen year old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels 118 of them to be exact to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will who can relate to Eva’s rief Unfortunate. ,
Margo Rabb ´ 6 Free readHer sadness over her father s sudden death two years prior I loved this part of the story even though as an adult reader I could see that Will who was dating a teen model was never oing to appreciate a How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead girl like Eva Of course Eva doesn t see this at all and when Will abruptly moves to California she hatches a plan toet her best friend Annie to try to become a contestant on The Smartest Girl In America a TV uiz show filmed in California as a way to et to WillThis was the point at which the story went off the rails for me I didn t even mind the outlandishness of Eva s scheme and I loved Eva s overprotective mother but I didn t love the way the tone of the book changed completely The irls road trip felt didactic and preachy to me like a weird madcap journey meant to teach Eva some Important Life Lessons I was really looking forward to the scenes with The Smartest Girl in America yes I m nerdy like that but then was disappointed when Eva did something that I had a hard time etting past view spoiler I found it so upsetting that Eva drags her best friend Annie all the way to California by promising that she ll help her win the show and money that Annie needs for college and then when Annie is on stage and needs help with a uestion Eva has left the studio to o meet up with Will Who of course doesn t want to be her boyfriend What kind of a friend does that A crappy one I say hide spoiler 25 starsSource I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss I loved romances because when you opened the first page you knew the story would end well Your heart wouldn t be broken This started out okay but then it just Moonrise got sillyThe main character in this was I m sorry but she was a bit of an idiot I understood that she liked this boy but who finds a way to travel from New York to LA just because a boy they kissed once is working there over the summer When you don t exactly have a relationship and have to talk your best friend into a random contest to try andet there Oh yes meet Eva I had to find a way to Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi get there I kept thinking that if I could find a last minute internship out there or some reason that my mom would appro crosses fingers for Eva and Annie to be the ones kissing in America I HAVE SOME FEELINGS First of all I feel like this bookets a really bad rap and I don t et it at all It s a super cute super fun contemporary and I definitely think it deserves a higher rating than it has on here HOWEVER I do recognize that the ending isn t uite right It doesn t uite Fit Which is why I m taking off a star That and the fact that it s a little insta lovey which y all know I hate But honestly those things didn t even deter me that much bc this book was super fun and surprisingly well written I ll definitely read from Margo Rabb in the future bc this book was adorbs At first I thought it was kinda odd that the blurb for this book was by Elizabeth Gilbert but as
I contemplated this book after finishing it I realized just how muchcontemplated this book after finishing it I realized just how much it made this book is essentially YA Women s Fiction I don t mean that to suggest Rabb is off with her Teen Voice She Isn T But There S Something Sodensely voice she isn t but there s something sodensely about it so primarily about self discovery in a way that feels to me beyond a teen s years The voice is right and I m not sure the plot of chasing a boy across the country would ve worked as well with someone older but it s hard for me to imagine this being a teen read And I have no idea why it s called Kissing in America literally none I think this is a reat book when entered into with the right expe Most of the time when I read a book that I love I devour it I can t stop reading it I don t want to leave the world or its characters I don t want it to end and I want there to be seuels Many many seuels Thousand page seuelsKissing In America is different I savored it reading it chapter by chapter and then taking a small break I didn t want it to end and I knew that every page I turned made that ending so much closer I m sure there have been other books like this for me but I can t name one right nowThis book is absolutely perfect for me Eva is a huge reader although she reads romances which I tend not to read and she s also still dealing with her dad s death It s not a recent loss so she has a little perspective on the rief but it s still very much a thing in her life Besides that it s also all about relationships and I love those
booksYes Eva s consumed with a crush on Will but this is just as much about her relationships with herEva s consumed with a crush on Will but this is just as much about her relationships with her and best friend I love books that are layered and multi dimensional and this is the best example of that I ve read in uite a whileHighly recommended but now I need a seuel. The highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms Since publication this novel received 4 starred reviews and has been namedA Chicago Public Library Best Teen Book of 2015A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens 2015A Miami Herald Best Book of the YearA Spirit of Texas selectionA TAYSHAS High School Reading List SelectionAn Oprah Summer Reading List selectionA Junior Library Guild selectionAn Best Book of the MonthA Publisher’s Lunch 2015 Buzz Book for Young Adults. Rgo Rabb A beautifully written and unpredictable YA novel about a 16 year
Old Girl Who Readsgirl who reads novels to cope with the death of her father who perished 2 years prior in a plane crash The protagonist Eva is a smart and clever young lady I like that she was written as a complex character and NOT in a standard boring clich ridden way She was multi dimensional Eva is trying to process her rief her aloof mother is no help and the mixed up emotions of falling in love for the first time enter her high school crush Will Trust me I ve read A LOT of YA fiction and Kissing in America is not wishy washy fluffy or eneric This book has a lot of substance It s so much than a story about first love I really felt connected to Eva s internal struggles Yes she makes na ve impulsive decisions but she s young and human and I could relate to her problems with clarity and compassion I also liked Eva and Annie s friendship It s so refreshing to read problems with clarity and compassion I also liked Eva and Annie s friendship It s so refreshing to read a friendship that isn t based on jealously or sabotage The ending is satisfying and realistic It was the ending I was hoping for Enjoy What she had realized was that love was that moment when your heart was about to burst Stieg Larsson a Swedish best selling authorMargo Rabb an American author pens her new novel Kissing in America that traces the journey of a 16 year old irl who takes it to find her best shot at love which is not only finding out the pros and cons of love but also finding out who you are and what you really want in life Synopsis In the two years since her father died sixteen year old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels 118 of them to be exact to dull the pain of her loss that s still so present Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will who seems to truly understand Eva s rief Unfortunately after Eva falls head over heels for him he picks up and moves to California without any warning Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness and perhaps her shot at real love Eva and her best friend Annie concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again As they road trip across America Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love Eva s father died in a tragic plane accident two years ago since then she has been coping with her father s loss by reading romance novels But then she meets Will in her school who too knows a lot of rief and family drama and because of it they bond over uite easily radually their bonding turning into something stronger called love Unfortunately Will moves to California all of a sudden that is when Eva along with her best friend Annie formulates a road trip plan to visit Will and to et find her true love The writing style of this author is really ood as she have masked the tone of the book into something emotional and the way the author have captured the tormenting and sharp taste of rief is really brilliant since I could contemplate with the pain Unfortunately the beginning of the story is nothing much captivating enough to draw me in with an annoying protagonist Eva The prose is uite elegant and lovely The narrative is kept realistic but at times bit cheesy with Eva s suddenly turned into a romantic person kind of feelings The chemistry in the book is really sweet yet the main focus of Eva s loss of her dad never once left the storyline The Beautiful Ghosts gripping and sharp hook of loss and death vividly shines through the storyline and especially through Will and Eva s relationshipAt times the story went on and one with all the relatives of Eva protecting her which was not that interesting to read about Otherwise the plot is uite engaging one especially with Eva s POV we could feel her pain of losing her father and her mother distancing herself from the pain by not talking about it The characters are all very real and strongly developediven the fact that this is an emotional journey the author have carefully etched out her characters with lots of compassion Overall this is a strong and moving novel which had it s fun moments and sad moments but except at some instances the book didn t disappoint me especially didn
T Make The Storymake the story at allVerdict I strongly advise all the teenagers to read this book especially if you ve lost someone and if you re strongly infatuated over someone Courtesy Thanks to the publisher of the author for Alexandra, Gone giving me an opportunity to read and review this book To me Kissing in America felt like two completely different stories that didn t uiteo together I loved the opening chapters which read to me like a uiet contemporary romance in which Eva a reserved A Year in 120 Recipes girl with hidden depths falls for the charismatic Will I really related to Eva to the awkwardness of her adolescent longings and. Ly after Eva falls head over heels for him he picks up and moves to California with barely any warning Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness and perhaps her first shot at real love Eva and her best friend Annie concoct a plan to travel to the west coast As they road trip across America Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award Finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous funny and joyous” readers will experience.