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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...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Janet
Mar 28, 2012 Janet added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Um. I wrote it, so it's kind of necessary for me to love it. Hee hee.
Jasprit
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...more
Paige Bradish
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...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
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


ZOMG, IT'S SO CREEPY. HEHEHEHE.


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...more
Tiffany
Dec 08, 2011 Tiffany marked it as to-read
Sounds like Kiss Me Kill Me.
Mickey Reed
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...more
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...more
Tabitha
4.5 STARS.

Contemporary issue books are and always will be my favorite. There's just something about them - maybe it's the fact that there isn't an overly cheery plot line or maybe it's the fact that the stories are so intense and realistic. I don't know what it is... but I love them. And WHO I KISSED by Janet Gurtler is no exception to that rule. Janet Gurtler took something as simple and common as a peanut allergy and turned it into this incredible novel. Fans of the contemporary genre will not...more
JeanBookNerd
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
Rose
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...more
Brooke
Aug 06, 2012 Brooke rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
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...more
Kassiah
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,
...more
Lili
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...more
Lauren
Oct 18, 2012 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Totally blew me away!!!

Review coming soon...
Sandra
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...more
Heather
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...more
Medeia Sharif
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...more
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
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
Katy
[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...more
Aly (My Heart Hearts Books)
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
Britta
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...more
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
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...more
Bnice
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...more
Lindsay
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
Susan
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.

There is a...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Samantha didn’t know any better. She didn’t mean to do what she did. It was an accident pure and simple.

Those are the words Samantha needs to hear herself say. One night she is trying to make another boy jealous named Zee whom she likes when she kisses his best friend Alex. His best friend has a severe allergic reaction and dies. All of this because of a peanut butter sandwich?

Samantha is horrified. She’s given up on swimming, she’s given up on her friends (the few she had because s...more
Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)

Review originally posted on Words at Home blog Nov 27, 2012: http://www.wordsathome.ca/2012/11/who...

I had to step back for a little bit after finishing Who I Kissed and it took some time to really wrap my head around what I had read. This is a book that I couldn’t put down, Gurtler so expertly captured the emotions of her characters and their anger, sadness, and despair was literally dripping off the pages. Who I Kissed is an incredibly powerful and emotional story. It is about guilt, relations...more
Rebekah
What worked: This book had me in a glass case of emotion. In fact, it's quite difficult to write a review because there is just SO. MUCH. Sam puts herself into a terrible situation where she has to live with the most earth-shattering guilt. Not only that, she has all of the ridiculous kids at school making her life a misery when it was an accident. A very tragic accident.
The dynamic between Sam and her dad was very interesting, he comes across as one of those pushy parents that are only concer...more
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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.” 17 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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