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The International Kissing Club

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Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. And they've always agreed on one goal: to get out of tiny Paris, Texas, and see the world. The school's foreign exchange program seems like the perfect escape: Piper will go to the original Paris; Mei will go to China; Cassidy will go to Australia; and Izzy, unable to afford the program, will stay at h
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Walker Childrens
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Loni Flowers
Aug 02, 2012 Loni Flowers rated it really liked it
When I saw the premise to this book I though it was so funny and I though to myself, has anyone kept points like this before? I think I would have fit right in with the girls (Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy). If joining the schools foreign exchange program wasn't good enough, starting The International Kissing Club (IKC) Facebook page would have been. Spending a semester overseas and no only do you get to experience culture, sightseeing, and amazing people and food... but you get to kiss foreign ...more
Rie Conley
Dec 10, 2011 Rie Conley rated it really liked it
When I began this book I thought to be an insipid version of The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants. One that was even worse because of the skanky Facebook page that they made. As I read on I found a book that was fully charming and characters that truly grew as the book went on. Everything wasn’t tied up with smiley bow, but it ended in a completely natural way.

Each of the characters had real faults and they often did not truly realize their faults until they landed on their faces. Quite literally.
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Four teen girls, best friends, have wished their entire lives to get out of their small town of Paris, Texas. When the opportunity arises for the four of them to participate in a foreign exchange program the girls jump at the chance. Piper will go to Paris, Mei to China, Cassidy to Australia, and Izzy will remain in Texas because her parents can't afford her trip. Four girls, 10 weeks, and many exciting experiences, new guys, new kisses, but will they be the same people they were before they le
Dec 28, 2011 Britta rated it really liked it
When the novel opened, I was not impressed... but that quickly changed. It took a few chapters for the speed to pick up, but once it did, I was completely hooked.

After an extremely embarrassing incident leaves Piper in constant torment, she, with the help of her three best friends; Izzy, Mei and Cassidy, come up with the International Kissing Club (or IKC for short). They plan to each take part in their school's international exchange program; Piper to Paris (the real one), Mei to China, Izzy t
Dec 06, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it
Fun, flirty and with a very liberal amount of kissing spread through out, The International Kissing Club is an adorable novel exploring the farthest reaches of friendship. Told in the third person following four best friends as they go their separate ways in the student exchange program, The International Kissing Club is an easy read with something for everyone.

The four friends in this novel are different from each other in all the best ways but love each other so fiercely that they can get thro
Inspired Kathy
Feb 25, 2012 Inspired Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
It took me forever to get into this book. I just didn't care about the characters or the story line for the first half of the book. It took me a couple weeks to get through the first half because it just didn't hold my interest. Once I hit he half way point I finished up the second half really quickly.

Kissing for points is just not a concept that works for me and the whole premise just seemed shallow to me. The book did have some funny parts and by the time I got half way through I wanted to kn
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
While the title of THE INTERNATIONAL KISSING CLUB sounds light and carefree (and, okay, yes, it's that, too), the book digs a bit deeper than the title might otherwise suggest. This book isn't really about a club full of people who only care about kissing. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but I wasn't anticipating the extra dimensions that grew as I read. When I first started reading, I compared the book a little to THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS series by Ann Brashares (and it made ...more
Angela  M
Sep 30, 2012 Angela M rated it liked it
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The International Kissing Club was such a fun read. These four friends have such a fun adventure, kissing, finding love, and finding out who they really are. I really enjoyed that it would change POV's between the four girls and we got to experience each of their trips with them. It was like a little miniature vacation to four different locations all in one book.

Piper has been humiliated by her long-time enemy in a VERY public way, so when she finds
Jul 09, 2012 tarawrawr rated it liked it
Review originally posted on my blog

I am a sucker for any book that contains international travel. I studied abroad in London for the first half of 2011 and ever since then, I am full of wanderlust and I gobble up movies and books about going abroad. The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams was right up my alley.

I loved reading about Piper, Cassidy, and Mei’s time abroad in their various places, and even Izzy, being stuck in Texas, was adorable. Mei’s s
Heidi McLaughlin
Dec 21, 2011 Heidi McLaughlin rated it liked it
We have four friends: Piper the quintessential non-pageant girl even though that is what her mother wants her to be; Cassidy the super jock daughter of a single-mom; Mei the adopted Chinese daughter of white parents; and Izzy the ordinary daughter of a high school football coach who is invisible behind her older football playing brother and her younger piano prodigy brother.

When Piper becomes the laughing stock of Paris, Texas, and an overnight YouTube sensation for kissing a pig at the Cotton
Dec 13, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. I had a hard time putting it down. It is a great story about four girls who are close friends who decide to study abroad for 10 weeks each in a different country. They keep together through a club they create on facebook called the International Kissing Club. They keep scores on how good their kisses are that they are having with boys in each of their countries. It is a great story of friendship and romance. If you like the Sisterhood of Traveling Pants series, you will en ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Liralen rated it liked it
-Evil Villain is evil.

-Wish they'd gone off to their four corners of the world earlier, since that that made it a lot easier to keep track of who was who.

-Cece Mei goes to China, ulterior motive being to find her birth parents. Nicole Piper goes to France and learns that when French boys kiss, it doesn't mean anything. I think I'm having déjà vu or something... Anyway, meanwhile Cassidy is in Australia with her Australian loverboy, who aims to be a kangaroo breeder—sorry, what? I'm wrong? Oh, yo
Mar 19, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
If you liked The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty, or Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison, then you will love The International Kissing Club. This story is full of fun, witty, and strong female characters who live in Paris, Texas.

Four girls from a small town have decided to escape by becoming exchange students. Piper plans to head to Paris, Mei to China, Izzy to Costa Rica, and Cassidy to Australia. Each one has their o
Jan 26, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalleybooks, 2012
The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams is one of those perfect feel good kind of books. It's adorable; it's romantic; it's hilarious; and most importantly, the girls presented in it are one hundred percent realistic! Basically it's a win in all ways possible!

The International Kissing Club begins the story of Cassidy, Piper, Mei, and Izzy, three girls who are sick of living in small town Paris, Texas. Nothing every happens in Paris, but when it does, it usually involves massive embarrassment
Jade Inks
Jan 16, 2012 Jade Inks rated it really liked it

Author: Ivy Adams
Pages: 400
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication: January 3rd 2012
Age Group: Young Adult (14-18)
Book Source: ARC
Challenge(s)- Debut Author Challenge (2012)

Meet Piper- fashionista, drama queen and kiss the pig star.
Mei- Adopted, serious, studious.
Cassidy- sporty, flirty, fun.
Izzy- wholesome, over-looked- with an idiot family.

What do these four girls have in common? They all live in tiny Paris, Texas and are best friends for life. All eagerly awai
Sep 25, 2013 JeanBookNerd rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews
Ivy Adams’ (The pen name of authors Emily McKay, Tracy Deebs, and Shellee Roberts) The International Kissing Club is a story of four girls who desperately want to escape the life of small town USA, specifically Paris, Texas. Nothing special or exciting ever happens in their town except when things go bad…embarrassingly bad and one of the girls is always at the receiving end. When they learn of the new foreign exchange program at their school, they immediately go for it in hopes of finding more o ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What it's about: A group of friends go on a separate exchange program with a pact and a club - a club to score points by kissing the most boys possible.

What I thought: This book was like a recent, re-vamped version of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Which I love. TIKC is quirky, fun and disastrous all at the same time. Four girls, in four different places, having four different experiences equals a lot of fun and even more trouble!

The characters were wonderfully written, each with their own i
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
When I started this book I wasn’t really sure I was liking it all that much. The beginning was kind of slow and a little whinny. I knew I was only a short bit in but instead of giving up I decided to push through and I’m happy I did. As the book progressed and I got to know the main characters I grew to like them more. I started to learn their personalities and what they were really looking for I found myself eagerly anticipating their next adventure and what might be in store for all four.The m ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Four friends decide to become exchange students and keep a FaceBook page rating boys they've kissed abroad (well, until one of the friends discovers she can't leave town). Perhaps if I were 13ish, I would really enjoy this novel - the idea of being allowed to travel abroad, the idea that multiple boys would want to kiss me, the idea of having a secret identity on an exclusive social media site, and the idea of exacting revenge on Germaine (b/c we've all had a Germaine in our lives, unless you WE ...more
Jun 15, 2013 Zoë rated it liked it
Although it wasn't my favorite book, I thought it was a great novel to start my summer off with.
I immediately picked up this book at the library after reading the back cover, because teenage girls living in foreign countries with cute boys? Sign me up, please! However, more of the book was set in the small hometown of Paris, Texas instead of the foreign countries like I was hoping and expecting. All in all, I thought this book was a happy surprise that I picked up in the library!
Mar 22, 2014 Beth rated it it was ok
This was as the stars say just okay. It reminded me a lot of Sweets Dreams books and Sweet Valley High books all rolled into one but a bit more modern. I didn't mind the characters but it was very contrived and how come Germaine seemed to get away with anything and at the end for all of her viciousness did not have any comeuppance or consequences at all? That really left me disappointed. Piper's Mam was so annoying and the school was really rubbish not stepping in after Piper's humiliation - nob ...more
Lindsay Cummings
Jan 01, 2012 Lindsay Cummings rated it really liked it
Shelves: myarcs
great, fun read!!
Sarah (Catching Books)
What a really fun read!! When I first got this book from the library..I wasn't sure what to expect! But the concept of this novel sounded awesome so I had to give this one a try.
What I really liked about this book was that it rotated chapters between all four it was nice to see all of their different perspectives on their travels instead of just seeing one of the girl's thoughts. I also really liked the travel aspect of this book..who doesn't want to go abroad to study? I know I do!!

Junior year starts off with a plop for Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy. And by plop, I mean utter humiliation. That is, until the school counselor introduces a new program available to the school: International Exchange Students. What a perfect way to put the horrible beginning behind them. So, with each girl heading off to four different countries, they decide to create the International Kissing Club and score points for kissing different guys. Bringing a bit of currency to the book, the girls us ...more
Andie Z
Originally posted on my blog, From A to Z.

The International Kissing Club is a lot like what it sounds: light, frothy fun. Four girls make a pact to each try to kiss as many boys as they can during their study abroad semesters… and what do you expect? The result is a lot of kissing, a little heartbreak, and some good old-fashioned high school drama and angst. All in all, a pretty enjoyable read, though I would have appreciated a little more substance.

The chapters alternate point-of-view between P
Jan 12, 2012 Sonya rated it really liked it
Shelves: dac-2012
Disclaimer –Don’t be frighten by the negative beginning keep reading it gets better. Remember bookies these are just my opinions so take it with a grain of salt, thanks.

When I started reading this book I thought I made a mistake. I don’t want to make comparisons but it was shaping up to be another insipid substance-less bore with Piper’s whining it was annoying, but after about two chapters in. I started to see a real story begin to emerge. Each of the girls had their own set of issues to deal w
Jessica Day
Feb 26, 2012 Jessica Day rated it liked it
I really wanted to love The International Kissing Club. Seeing the world is my new niche and I’m looking forward to traveling in college. However I found this book to be very lacking on the “international” side while instead loaded with plenty of “kissing”. I ended up disappointed. That isn’t to say IKC wasn’t a good book, it was. It just wasn’t a great one.
Let’s start with my compliments. IKC has all the requirements of a short, chick lit book. There is humor, boys, drama and plenty of kisses.
Mar 29, 2012 Daisy rated it really liked it
Did you know Ivy Adams is a pseudonym for the writing team Emily McKay, Shellee Roberts and Tracy Deebs? Cause it is. And these 3 lovely ladies have written an absolutely cute novel together!

I totally had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading The International Kissing Club! And seriously, just knowing I was reading a book called The International Kissing Club totally made my day! Cause how awesome would it be to have a club like that?? I would have LOVED that as a teen!
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