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Who I Kissed

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,186 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
Janet Gurtler's latest contemporary YA novel is by turns gripping, heart-wrenching, and joyous as one teen girl has to find the courage to carry on after a devastating tragedy.

She never thought a kiss could kill...

As the new girl in town, Samantha just wants to fit in. Being invited to a party by her fellow swim team members is her big chance...especially since Zee will be
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
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May 31, 2016 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it, so yeah, I do love it. It's an emotional book for me and I'm glad I got the chance to write it.
This was an okay story, although I found the pace quite slow. I did think it was an interesting and quite shocking storyline to have someone dying from a peanut allergy, but it certainly made me think more about kids with allergies. The bullying that Sam went through afterwards was awful though, especially (view spoiler)

6 out of 10
3.5 stars

Who I Kissed is a book which brings to the forefront just how dangerous allergies can be. Alex in this book suffers from a nut allergy, not knowing this Sam kisses him after eating a peanut butter sandwich, consequently he has a anaphylactic reaction and dies, just that brief kiss, and what a kiss it was, was all Alex needed to have that reaction.

I have a family of allergy sufferers, my sister has a coeliac condition, so she can’t eat wheat, my cousin has a peanut allergy which I only r
Paige Bradish
Dec 22, 2012 Paige Bradish rated it it was amazing
I read and am reviewing Who I Kissed from Around The World ARC Tours for an honest review.

I didn't realize how deep Who I Kissed would actually go! It's a story of a girl named Samantha and she's a swimmer. One night while at a party her crush Zee abandons her to make out with another girl so she decides see wants to get back at him by making out with someone else. Unfortunately she chooses the wrong guy. Reason being because the guy she kissed Alex has a peanut allergy and she had a peanut butt
Dec 08, 2011 Tiffany marked it as to-read
Sounds like Kiss Me Kill Me.
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Oh my god.
I have a peanut/any kind of nut allergy. That would really suck if my boyfriend kissed me right after he ate a hazelnut sandwich and I died. O_o


After Finishing

Sam just wants to fit in. She's one of the best swimmers at her new school and crushing on the totally hot Zee, who also happens to be one of the best swimmers in school.
When Sam's invited to Taylor's senior swimmers-only party, she goes only because Zee might be there. At first, everything is awkw
May 10, 2016 BookCupid rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Let's be honest, we've all kissed someone we wish we hadn't. But in Sam's case, she wins by a long shot. Imagine the shock, her kiss ended a boy's life.

The whole town is enraged when Sam kissed peanut allergy prone Alex, and caused his death. Schools start banning peanuts, her locker and home are vandalized, and almost everyone wishes Sam would disappear. How can she cope with so much grief?

Gurtler has a way with realistic narration. Her indulgence to include the character's families into the mi
Mickey Reed
Sep 29, 2012 Mickey Reed rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2012, ala12
See full review here!

First of all, this cover really does the book no justice. I have to say this because I had the TOTAL wrong impression of what this book was going to be about! I feel like I have to always say this, but more often than not I tend to pass on reading the description of books. I just genuinely like to read, and covers generally draw me in. This book looked very interesting at ALA, and I got it signed by the author. I thought it was more of a light teen romance, but that's defini
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Who I Kissed is one of those EPIC books where you read it and at the end you say HOLY COW! I am so grateful that I was able to read this ARC through Around The World ARC Tours because this book when it comes out on October 01, 2012 I am going to the store to buy it. That is how GREAT it was that I need a copy for my library.

Have you ever known some who is allergic to Peanuts or Shellfish? I do and let me tell you something it is the SCARIEST thing to witness them go into an allergic shock from w
Oct 22, 2012 JeanBookNerd rated it really liked it
Janet Gurtler’s Who I Kissed is the remarkable story of Samantha who accidently kills a boy by kissing him. When Samantha wanted to make another boy jealous, she kisses Alex. He is highly allergic to peanuts and it just happened that Samantha just ate a peanut butter sandwich. Alex’s allergic reaction went into full blast that ultimately took his life while he was on his way to the hospital. Living with this tragic event, she must face all of her peers in shame for accidently killing Alex, a wel ...more
Initial thoughts: This was my first official read of 2013. Verdict? Very lukewarm, this book had some potent moments of grief, but I couldn't overcome several issues I had in the duration and aftermath of reading it. I hope I can explain my thoughts more in the full review.

Full review: Since reading Janet Gurtler's "If I Tell" - I looked forward to reading more of her books, and I was especially excited about "Who I Kissed", a book that follows a young woman who kisses a boy with a peanut allerg
Aug 06, 2012 Brooke rated it really liked it
Who I Kissed is a book filled with sorrow and hope. It's a book filled with characters that'll make your heart hurt and a storyline that is brilliantly told. Who I kissed is a book that makes you THINK about the choices you make through-out the day and how they can affect others. Small, simple things that you might find inconsequential. Like eating a peanut butter sandwich, for example.

Because that’s all Sam, the main character, did; eat a peanut butter sandwich before a party.

And it all spira
3.5 stars.

My full review, including quotes and stuffs, can be found on the Fictionators .

The description of this book is pretty spot on with what happens. Swimming star Sam kisses a boy that she just met at a party and he dies--right then.

Need a little more? Sam has been flirting around with her friend, Zee, when his former flame comes up to them at a party. When Zee starts making out with his old girlfriend, Sam turns her attention to Alex. It's really sweet:
Alex's hand slips around my waist,
Sep 17, 2012 Lili rated it really liked it
I was slightly worried going into this book because I attempted to read a similar book back in 2008 and had to DNF it, but I'm happy to say that this book far exceeds my expectations and was carried out beautifully in a really unique way.

Samantha is a really easy character to connect to. I liked her thought processes, even when she was struggling to forgive herself. This book is pretty much her story to forgiving herself and regaining her strength from a huge accident that she couldn't really co
Emily (Book Jems)
This sounds a heck of a lot like Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson, but I will give it a shot.
Apr 21, 2016 Abbie rated it really liked it
I felt really sorry for Sam in this. She had no way of knowing what would happen, and the way she was treated over it was horrible.

This was an enjoyable read.
Dec 16, 2015 Destiny rated it really liked it
Samantha is a new girl in town, she doesn't have many friends and the coincidence that she faces does not help. She was invited to a party by her swim team and thought is was the perfect opportunity to make friends, not loose them. She kisses a guy named Alex, who she kind of likes, and he goes into anaphylactic shock. Startled Samantha doesn't know what to do or what is happening. Alex is rushed to the emergency room but dies on the way over. She later finds out that Alex is allergic to peanut ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Totally blew me away!!!

Review coming soon...
Sep 26, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a fluffy contemporary and the cover of this book certainly says that, but the insides are completely different... and so much better than fluff. There should be a peanut on the cover of this book, not an attractive high school girl with a hot dude standing behind her. Why?

Who I Kissed is about a girl named Samantha who accidentally kills a boy by kissing him. Alex was highly allergic to peanuts and Samantha didn't know, so when she kisses him at a party to make another boy jeal
Sep 07, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
Even having a family member with a nut allergy, I don’t really think much about it beyond making certain that the food he eats doesn’t contain it. I wouldn’t necessarily think about my touching him, even giving him a quick kiss hello, and what I had been eating. I can’t say the same now.

Sam isn’t a bad kid. She works hard to be a great swimmer, doesn’t drink, doesn’t do drugs, and tries to take things in stride. But when she tries to impress Zee, fellow swimmer and hottie, she kisses Alex – and
Medeia Sharif
Sep 08, 2012 Medeia Sharif rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Samantha is a competitive swimmer who has her eyes on Zee, but he’s already going out with someone. At a party, to make Zee jealous, she kisses Alex, who suddenly has trouble breathing. He has asthma and an inhaler or EpiPen isn’t found on time, so he dies in front of her. Alex didn’t just have asthma, but he also had a peanut allergy…Samantha ate a peanut butter sandwich before kissing him.

She feels devastated and guilty about his death and not knowing about the allergy. With everyone blaming
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Nov 27, 2012 Bailey (IB Book Blogging) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ala-annual-books
WHO I KISSED is an inspiring contemporary YA read that will twist your insides but leave them well intact by the end. Gurtler expertly approaches a sensitive topic and explores the meaning of life and forgiveness. I have a niece with a peanut allergy so the book hit very close to home in that way. Even if you don't know anyone with a peanut allergy, it will be easy to feel the pain radiating off of everyone involved and to understand just how horrible the situation is, especially for Sam. I'm th ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Katy rated it liked it
[Read May 17, 2012 & Edited Nov. 28, 2012]

3.5 stars - Bouncing between 3 and 4...

I liked this book. I thought it had a lot of potential, telling the story of a new, insecure girl who made a poor choice one night and ended up having to deal with some serious consequences.

I really liked Sam. What happened was truly tragic and probably pretty traumatic, especially in situations with so many "what ifs." I honestly sympathized with what she was going through - her own guilty, the way the kids tre
Aly (My Heart Hearts Books)
Jan 02, 2013 Aly (My Heart Hearts Books) rated it it was amazing
At her old School, there was a rumor started by a swimmer that she had beaten, that Sam was a Lesbian. She's not. After she and her dad move three hours away, in hopes to advance her swimming career, she meets Zee, the only guy in the club that's faster than her. He flirts with her and gives her candy, that means he likes her...right? At a party, after Zee flirts with her and starts making out with a girl right behind her back, Sam just wants to show him, that two can play that game, so she kiss ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This book was a pleasant surprise for me. I'm trying to branch out a bit more in my reading of YA contemporaries, something I don't read a lot of, and I really liked Janet's writing style and her story telling. She did an incredible job at creating a realistic story that deals with heartache, grief, love, learning to forgive, moving forward, choices, consequences and variety of other topics readers will easily relate to. The thing I was most impressed with in Who I Kissed was Janet's ability to ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Britta rated it it was amazing
Who I Kissed is an heart wrenching story of coping with grief. Not the grief of a family recovering after the premature death of a son and brother, but the guilt and torment faced by the girl who accidentally kills him with one innocent kiss.

While at one of the few parties Samantha has decided to attend, she notices the boy who was watching her swim the other day. In a moment of weakness, they end up sharing a kiss that proves fatal. Alex goes into anaphylaxis and is pronounced dead on the way
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
Nov 07, 2012 Wanda (Good Choice Reading) rated it really liked it
This story is better than I expected. Love the awareness it will bring to young readers regarding food allergies.

This book wasn't at all what I expected. I expected a YA about a bunch of high school kids making out and just being irresponsible kids. But it wasn't like that all. Can you envision yourself kissing a guy. Now picture that he dies right before your eyes because of an allergy reaction? Well this is the exactly scenario that happened in this book. What happens during the rest of the b
Jan 29, 2013 Bnice rated it really liked it
I'm glad this book was fictional. It was sad to think thAt someone could die from a pbj sandwich kiss. definitely need to be informed about allergies others might have. it's Good to be aware and probably find out about people you decide to kiss even though that sounds totally lame right. who asks anything when you are going to kiss someone? It's not like you are gona stop in mid kiss and ask if you have any allergies umm I don't think so.
I was getting upset with Samantha and her guilt trip. I un
Samantha didn't mean to hurt anyone. She was just trying to fit in... and maybe make Zee a little jealous after he completely ditched her for a prettier girl. So she kissed Alex. And then he died. Was she really the only person in the entire school that didn't know about his peanut allergy? Or that eating a peanut butter sandwich and then kissing him would be deadly? Overnight, Sam turns into a pariah and a media sensation. Consumed with guilt, abandoned by her friends, and in jeopardy of losing ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2012
Who I kissed is a deeply heart wrenching book full of emotional drama and wonderful teen angst. Janet Gurtler penned an amazing novel that hooked and reeled me in from the start to the finish. It's one of those books that leaves you feeling incredibly emotionally spent, but in a really good way. Several times I asked myself, "WHAT IS THIS I AM READING?!". It was just that good at holding my interest and was so easy for me to connect emotionally with all of the characters in the book.

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A Rita Award Finalist and Crystal Kite Award Finalist, Janet Gurtler's young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Janet lives in Okotoks Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, and a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce.

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“Just like that, he's gone. Things can change so quickly. One second you're in the present, the next you're remembering the past.” 19 likes
“What she doesn’t know is that I don’t want to feel better. I don’t want to go on with my life as if nothing happened. Something did happen. Something big."

Samatha from WHO I KISSED”
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