Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The ABC's of Kissing Boys
Ferraro, Tina. 2009. The ABC's of Kissing Boys. Delacourte. 215 pages.
Can a girl fall for the boy next door even if he's a freshman...and she's a junior? That's the question in Tina Ferraro's latest novel, The ABC's of Kissing Boys. Parker Stanhope's life is on a downward turn. She plays soccer. That's who she is. Yet when she begins her junior year playing junior varsity--again--instead of moving up with her peers to varsity, she's angry, frustrated, bitter, disappointed. Dropped by her friends and former teammates, Parker is having to redefine herself. But Parker's not going to let her dreams go all of a sudden. No, Parker has a plan. And for that plan to work, she needs a man or two in her life to step up.
Luke. Her brother's friend. She's paying him to do her a favor. It's complicated. But it will involve a very public kiss at the school's sports fair's kissing booth.
Problem is, she doesn't know how to kiss--really kiss. So she needs a tutor. Enter the boy next door, Tristan--never mind the fact their families are feuding. He's tall enough and cute enough...but there's one big problem...he's a freshman. Still, despite his status, he might just be the man for the job. Can he teach her what she needs to know to get her life back on track? Maybe. Possibly. But will she be able to let him go when the job's done?
The book is a bit more involved than that--more than just the kissing bits--there's a good bit about friendship and popularity and finding yourself. You know, typical YA drama.
I liked this one. I did. I liked Tristan. It was a fun little book. A satisfying one.
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