Kate was Lissa's best friend. They've shared everything for four years. Then one night at a drunken party, Kate leaned in to kiss Lissa, and Lissa kissed her back. And now Kate is pretending Lissa doesn't exist. Confused and alone, Lissa's left questioning everything she thought she knew about herself, and about life. But with the help of a free-spirit new friend, Lissa's...more
Why did you do that to me?
You gave me an interesting premise, decent main characters, and pretty good chemistry between the main couple (something I find majorly lacking in most YA books, especially YA LGBT), but you failed in one of the most important areas -- your subplots sucked ass. You're like that guy going down on his girlfriend who pulls away and refuses to continue, no matter how much she begs. What's your problem?
Your MC, Lisa, isn't bad. In fact, I kind of liked her....more
When a book handles a dangerous,powerful, hard subject such as coming to terms with your sexuality - and accepting it - I feel as if it should be fantastic, should make me bawl or something along the same lines.
The premise was fascinating. It sounded real in a way that I can't imagine myself in, but can see other people having as a reality. The cover was pretty. And when I first met the main character, I sort of like he...more
I. Didn't. Like. It.
Kissing Kate is the story of two best friends, Kate and Lissa. One night at a party, a very tipsy Kate approaches Lissa and kisses her. (In fact there's quite a bit of kissing going on and minor touching). When Kate's boyfriend and a couple of guy...more
SUBJECT/THEMES: Homosexuality, lesbians, friendship, accepting who you are, breaking up.
SUMMARY: Kate and Lissa have been best friends for four years, doing everything together. Then one night at a party, a drunken Kate kissed Lissa, who reciprocated. After that, they ignored each other for weeks. Lissa was a wreck. She was confused over her feelings for Kate, and was struggling to understand what had happened between the two of them. W...more
One night, while enjoying themselves at a high school party, these two girls whom have done nearly everything together decide to escape to more private settings. During their moments and confes...more
Penguin Group, 2003, 198 pages, $7.99
Friendship, Homosexuality, Lesbians, Identity
One summer night at a party, Kate, a drunk 16 year old, kisses her best friend Lissa. After awkward weeks of avoiding each other Kate tries to reconnect with Lissa and pretend like nothing has happened and just be friends. Lissa tells Kate she wasn't drunk and isn't sure how she feels about Kate or herself. Kate tries to talk Lissa out of being a lesbian, but Lissa's new f...more
Having read Myracle's Shine this year, I couldn't help but compare the two books a bit. They really aren't very similar, but they both had the unfortunate quality of having a fantastic premise involving LGBTQ characters that I didn't feel was explored in nearly enough depth.
With Kissing Kate in particular, I just never felt like Myracle reall...more
Kissing Kate is a simple and sweet story. Lissa is kind of lost, without really realizing just how lost she is, because she doesn't wallow in it. She doesn't rage or become rebellious; she doesn't turn to drinking...more
One night at a party, Lissa's best friend leans in for a kiss and Lissa kisses her back. Now Kate is ignoring Lissa and pretending nothing happened while Lissa is angry and confused. The two friends use to mean everything to each other and one kiss is getting in the way. But Lissa knows it must mean something. As she experiments with lucid dreaming, Lissa tries to come to terms with what kissing Kate means.
I've only read a couple of things by Lauren Myracle, but I've enjoyed t...more
This book was a very quick read, and like many of the books published by P...more
So, I picked this book up at the library without reading the summary on the cover. As soon as I started reading, I could see why there had been objections to her books.
I enjoyed this book. It was interesting--and good--to see gay issues bro...more
This book had it's funny moments, and some really good parts and awesome characters. For example Darlin would have to be my favourite character, she was such a sweet lady. But our main character seems like...more
Kissing Kate is, in my view, a bit of a strange book. It feels to me that it takes aspects of Define "Normal" by Julie Anne Peters and mixes them with the excellent Nancy Garden novel, Kissing Kate, but the result is a good book that never quite hits the same notes. I can't really describe it any other way.
I felt the message was that mi...more
While I thought this book did a good job at pulling out the different emotional aspects that Lissa is going through, I felt like it never went quite far enough or did enough. The resolution felt smudged and somewhat awkward. We'd like to think that Lissa is going to be OK, but you're left with the feeling...more
The book is slow to start, and, in my opinion, has too many grown-up characters interrupting the main character (Lissa's) conflict. That being said, I'm glad this book focuses on the feelings of confused adolescents who are starting...more
It is true that there could more char...more
Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books...more
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