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Kiss It

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  425 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Chastity, aka Chaz, is a high school senior who cannot wait to flee her closed-minded, constricting small town. One night at the beginning of winter break when a stranger enters the restaurant where Chaz works, she is instantly taken with him—and his sexy body. Sebastian is staying with his dad for the holidays, and over the course of the break, from helping her cope with ...more
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published (first published May 24th 2010)
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Loved this book, so fun and so much more than what the summary implies. Chaz was a fantastic character, I wish I would have had the confidence and intelligence that she has in high school. And although she might seem a little flaky on the outside, she has hidden depths that you don't discover until later on in the story.

Despite the fluffy exterior of this novel, Downing tackles some serious issues and she does it tactfully and full of grace. If you can make it past Chaz's tell it how it is attit
Steph Su
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Unfortunately, I was about halfway through when I realized I couldn't care less what becomes of the characters. Chastity's hang-ups about sex and small-town life quickly grated on my nerves, not because her concerns might cause people's jaws to drop and incite them to cover the eyes of the person nearest them (puh-lease. I read a decent amount of smut myself), but because I couldn't find myself sympathizing with Chaz at all. The way she treats the peop ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
When I saw Kristi at The Story Siren's review of this, I knew I had to have it! Lucky for me, there happened to be a copy available on Goodreads swap so I ordered it.

I read it a couple of days after I got it despite the fact that I have stacks of books to read all over the place, and I'm glad I did! There were a lot of layers to this book, and I enjoyed every single one of them.

The first few chapters were absolutely hilarious. In fact, I read the prologue and first chapter three or four times b
Jun 14, 2010 Lilibeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the ironic name of Chastity, this main character like no other gets her rocks off by big-mouth talk about her "experience" even though she is eighty percent pure. Chaz likes to say things straight-forward and gives off this attitude of "If you want it, beg." that I admired in a character. She tries to act tough with her "don't mess with me" but once faced the values and norms of reality, can be sympathetic. Living in a small Minnesota town, where her graduating class promptly consists of th ...more
Literary Cravings
This was a very hot, very enjoyable read for me!! I really didn’t know what to expect with this story but was pleasantly wowed by Downing’s writing. I’m quickly introduced to Chastity Bryan a.k.a Chaz and instantly I know she’s a no holds bar type of girl wanting desperately to leave her home town and experience life. She says what she means and goes after what she wants. More so who she wants and it’s the new kid in town named Sebastian. I really enjoyed Chaz’s daring in your face personality. ...more
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Jun 12, 2010 Jenny / Wondrous Reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
I enjoyed Kiss It, mostly for its bluntness and hilarious dialogue. I laughed my way through the first half of the book, before things got a little more serious, and reveled in Chaz's no-nonsense attitude to boys and sex. She was a girl who wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted, and I liked that. That's the kind of personality trait I wish I possessed more of (confidence, not chasing boys) but alas, I don't.

Chaz started off as a bit of an enigma. I got that she didn't think sex was a huge de
Angela  M
This book is definitely open about sex, it's not exactly raunchy, but it's not far off. A coming of age story about a girl named Chastity, she is very open about wanting to have sex, but is still picky about who she wants to have it with. This is the problem, since in her small town, the pickings are very slim. That all changes when the handsome stranger, Sebastian, comes into the restaurant that Chastity works at. Chaz is determined to win over Sebastian, but he's quite the enigma. One minute h ...more
Jun 22, 2010 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erin Downing was nice enough to send me a copy of Kiss It to review, and I’m really glad I picked it up so soon after receiving it. I’d been reading some negative reviews and was a little wary, but Kiss It turned out to be a really great read.

Chaz was an outgoing, witty main character and her personality and spirit added a lot to Kiss It. She never held back with what she wanted to say and always spoke her mind. Chaz was an original and unique character and was still trying to find herself. Kiss
Princess Bookie
Jun 23, 2010 Princess Bookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2010

My Thoughts: When I first saw Downing had another book coming out, I knew I had to pick it up! I really enjoyed Drive Me Crazy so I was looking forward to reading more from Downing. We meet Chaz who is your everyday small town girl. She wants bigger things, wants to have a bigger future, and move onto better things. There is the small town guy who likes her, Hunter. Her family wants her to be with him, because he's "perfect" for her but she knows she wants someone not from around there. She does
Sep 04, 2010 Adele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kiss It was a bit of a surprise - you start reading expecting the normal contemporary YA romance path and get something racier. Chastity is an intelligent senior who's unsure of her future direction but is definite in her need to establish a sex life for herself. She's stuck in her wintery hometown where nothing is ever surprising while a stream of issues keep raising their heads. All Chaz wants is a good lay and that proves to be more challenging than one would expect.

Subject matter-wise this n
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I actually think the summary provided for this book doesn't do it much justice. I also think that the beginning of this book may scare some people off - it nearly did for me. We begin with a good amount of cursing and sex talk, which led me to believe the rest of the book would be fairly juvenile and not a good representation of emotion and sex for the teenage age group.

Though I was apprehensive, I kept reading because I wasn't bored or anything - I just was not expecting much more than constant
Jun 13, 2010 Alea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
Main character Chastity (what a name!) lives in a very small town that she realizes is not where she wants to live out her life, but while she’s waiting it out in high school there she wants to get some experience, in the sexuality department. The pickings are slim in her mind but she tests out the waters, never really finding the right person to go through this education with, until Sebastian comes into town. In Sebastian she sees something different and knows she wants to get to know him bette ...more
Michelle. D.
I dunno why but I really liked this book. Maybe it was the chracters, or the setting, or the plot. Or maybe because the whole book revolves around sex?
Anyway, the book was really entertaining and I wish I could read it for a first time again. The introduction of the book was really straigh-forward and gets the message across.
"This book is about sex. If you are faint-hearted, close this book now. If not, enjoy! :D"
I love Sebastian. He seems hot. And kinda awesome.
One thing I really want to say is
Aug 02, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Kiss It. The main character was different, in a good way. She wasn't that sappy teen protagonist that gets old. She's not a cheerleader, former cheerleader, or cheerleader wannabee... she tells you like it is (the reader gets all her secrets, even if her friends and family don't). I wish I had been a little more like her in high school. Instead, I was her best friend Sadie- eager to please and maintain that picture-perfect life, but really setting herself up for some emotional bag ...more
Aug 01, 2010 Mahina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sex, reality, tough-stuff, girl
I've never read anything by Erin Downing but if any of her other books are like "Kiss It" I will be reading them all. A great book for teen girls - 14 and up (or for that mature 13 year old) that talks frankly about sex without being preachy. I wish I had read this book when I was 14.

Promiscuous while still emotional and in depth, Kiss It is a hilarious journey of one girl to lose her virginity. Born and raised in a very small town with few options, Chastity battles against her hormones while still wanting to at least have her first be something other than simply giving it up. The small town setting comes through strongly, as does Chastity’s mentality and personality that is partly spurred from it.

Chastity is an entertaining, rich character and very focused on all things sex
Diane Ferbrache
The phrase on the back of the book – “a girl’s gotta do who a girl’s gotta do” – is a pretty good indication of what this book is about. Chastity Bryan tells her own story of how she sort of lost her virginity and how she’s planning on having real sex as soon as possible. Chaz set out to have sex last December and chose the most convenient boy around, Hunter, whom she has know her whole life. The experience was over in a few brief seconds, and now Hunter is just a hovering pest hoping for a rep ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alexa by: Kristi
Shelves: read-in-2011
(Review was originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

This book was definitely not what I was expecting it to be - and I believe that to be a good thing. Instead of just being your normal YA romance fluff, I thought that the author did a brilliant job making the story realistic and relatable, all while tackling some major issues.

One of the main reasons I enjoyed reading the book was because of the main character, Chaz. I thought she was wickedly funny, incredibly sarcastic, pretty darn smart and ju
I've been putting off this review for since the week before Kiss It was released. The reason for that? I was (and still am to a degree) uncertain about just what my feelings were toward this novel. With Kiss It, Erin Downing has told a very frank tale of teenage sexuality and the inevitable pressures and realities inherent to the subject that could potentially be very polarizing.

The protagonist, Chaz, narrates her quest to finally have sex. Her reasons for the urgency behind her goal seem stereo
Nov 02, 2010 Delphine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chastity Bryan a.k.a Chaz is the kind of girl who craved for sex, and she wasn't that keen to hide it either. She's had her first time with Hunter Johnson, who had been anything but satisfying. Because of that, she wanted to try more. As for her academics, she isn't sure what she sees her future as. For now, she hasn't decided on anything. Yet.

Then the sexy hot new guy called Sebastian enters her life. Chastity feels like he will be the one for her, to satisfy her desires. But Sebastian was hot
Sara Grochowski
Jun 25, 2015 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, light
Sometimes the greatest books come in the most unsuspecting little packages...

Yes, yes, yes! I seriously couldn't put KISS IT down, even though it would have been in my best interest because I have plenty of homework and whatnot to accomplish. Chastity Bryan is a breath of fresh air.

Chastity, or Chaz, is almost obsessed with the idea of sex and sexuality. To her, sex and love don't always occur in tandem, in fact, she prefers it that way. She's the type of girl that says when and she wants it now
Nov 25, 2011 Bianca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a book that has morally driven and goody goody characters, this book is not for you; however, if you want a book that deals with real teenage situations, this is for you!

Chastity Bryan is one of the most real female characters in YA that I've read in awhile. She is a witty and not afraid of going after what she wants. She has a different view on sex than other girls, like her best friend Sadie, have on it. Chaz isn't one of those people who believe in waiting for marriage
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't click with me. I bought this book thinking it would be a light and funny read, which was not what I got at all. I felt really depressed throughout the whole story and there really weren't that many happy moments in this book, besides the few times Sebastian showed up. Chaz doesn't really know what she wants, other than the fact that she wants out of Milton. She lies to her parents and her supposed best friend. She messes around with too many ...more
Oct 31, 2011 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this book a 1 (didn't like) for the first 2/3 of the book and a 3 (liked) for the last part. In all honesty, it's been a while since I've read Downing's other books, but I remember liking them enough because they were enjoyable cute reads. This book just didn't do it for me. First of all, I thought it was going to be a quick cute romantic comedy like her other books, and it wasn't exactly that. It was a little more serious than I was expecting .

Also, the summary was misleading . It
Jul 08, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, read-in-2011
This is a book that looks cute from the exterior but packs a punch inside. Chaz is fascinated by sex. We learn that early on in this book and it helps introduce us to a very strong-willed, stubborn character and you can't help but love. Chasity "Chaz" is pretty open with her outlook on sexual relationships. Her and her best friend Sadie argue about this often. While Sadie wants the perfect relationship with flowers and sweet kisses, Chaz wants none of that. She believes that sex is just somethin ...more
Jun 12, 2010 Carla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Imagine living in a town where having sexual thoughts and fantasies is quite taboo, then imagine you sometimes have crazy sexual fantasies and want nothing more than to leave town so your sexual experiences can well, be experienced. Once your done with that, your kind of inside Chaz's head. She thinks about sex a lot, like more than teenage boys possibly do. And this was my problem with the book. I am in no way a prude, I know teenagers have sex, I know they think about it quite a lot and I am q ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Sami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chastity, known better as Chaz, is looking for lust. Not love, not even like. She wants to have sex, but knows that the prospects in her small town of Milton, Minnesota isn't much. She makes due having already tasted carnal pleasure--if you can really call it that since it only lasted for less then a minute--by looking for her next fix. Trouble is that she has no idea where it will come from since all the teenage boys in her town are not what she would see as long term, no strings attached, fuck ...more
Defiantly a different kind of story. From the description of tho book I was imagining Chaz as a manipulative little slut. Which, let's face it she kind of is. But she has her reasonings. Her character works the sulty-ness of her behavior and warps it with how relatable she is and her situations and makes her not seem like that mean girl hoe at your school you totally judges her as in the beginning. Chaz explains it pretty well herself when she admits she is kinda similar to those girls, but the ...more
Aug 24, 2010 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Erin Downing writes, she writes realistic situations. The first book I read from her was Drive Me Crazy ( A Romantic Comedies Novel) and I absolutely loved it! When I heard she had another masterpiece on the way, I knew I had to get my hands on it!

Kiss It was great! A lot different than what I expected, but in the best possible way.
The first chapter can tell a lot about a book, but then other times, it says nothing. BUt it will give insight on if you will like it or not. Read the first chap
I bought this book in a book sale last 2 weeks. And to be honest, I didn't even read the blurb. I just looked at the cover (ooh, bunnies!) and bought the book, not knowing what to expect.

I didn't even know Kiss It was the title!

I just bought it.

Crazy, aye?

Anyway, when I read the blurb, I thought it was kind of cliche. But I didn't mind. I read this out of boredom last night. I thought a light read would give me something to do.

In the first chapters, I didn't really like Chaz. But as the story
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