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Kissing Kate

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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

Paperback, 198 pages
Published April 19th 2007 by Speak (first published April 14th 2003)
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Dear Kissing Kate,

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
This book had many great moments, but upon reflection, I am not sure if I really liked it. I was certainly hooked on it, and read most of it in one sitting, but I felt like I was just expecting it to get better, and I'm not sure it ever did. I felt that Lissa's emotions were incredibly genuine and well depicted, and her struggle with Kate seemed very real. Yet, at the same time, I was annoyed with the various subplots that I felt skewed the focus of the story. There were quite a few cliche momen...more
Kissing Kate
Lauren Myracle
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
I picked up this book hoping for a teen girl struggling to figure out her sexuality. Instead, I get a book about lucid dreaming, which I have no interest in. There is barely any mention of her questioning her sexuality.
Amy Victoria's girlfriend ❤
This book isn't easy to rate it's a quite complex story and after you finish it it leaves you with mixed feelings.

Lissa is very confused and lonely. Her best friend, Kate, after kissing her is ignoring her. And so Lissa is questioning everything she knew about herself, or didn't know. Trying to figure out who she is. And then at her work place there's this new girl whom she knew at elementary school and who at all cost wants to be her friend.

If you expect here an ordinary lesbian romance you ar...more
This book frustrated the shit out of me. I was all about it at first. Lissa and her supposedly best friend since elementary school Kate go to a party where Kate gets a bit tipsy and kisses Lissa. Things went a little PG-13 and now for some reason Kate is ignoring Lissa. It's hard to review because the book then goes off on some weird deep end randomly delves into the topic of "Lucid Dreaming", won't go there. It's also hard to review because there is barely any character definition of Kate ( asi...more
The Little Bookworm

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 started off really great, honestly. But then towards the end, with about 50 pages left, then 25, I was kind of like "Is that it?" I was convinced she would fall in love with her new friend, since that seemed to be the direction it was going but nope. Not that I mind but now I kind of just don't see the point of her character other than Lissa's character development. The point being, this book kind of just...left me hanging. Like I don't know if it was a choice or if it's length of the...more
♔ Jessica Marie
I really enjoyed reading Kissing Kate. The book is a look into the lives of two best friends whose friendship ends when the two girls share a kiss. Lissa discovers that she has always been in love Kate, while Kate precedes to pretend Lissa does not exist. This causes more problems than meets the eye because everyone at school knows them as "Kate & Lissa" and Lissa doesn't believe she has the charisma or the confidence to survive in high school on her own.

It is true that there could more char...more
(Spoilers - varying from major to minor- ahead. Warning. Proceed carefully.)
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
Patrice Sartor
GENRE: Fiction: Realistic fiction, problem-solving, romance.

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
Cat's Review
I borrowed this book from the library because first of the all, I really liked the cover and second of all, the blurb on the back sounded interesting.

Now, after finishing the book, I think that those were the only two good features of this piece of fiction.

Okay, okay. That is a slight exaggeration. The story begins with a prologue (that is also repeated later in the story) that sort of tells the reader what had happened between two best friends, Lissa and Kate, at a party. Kate gets drunk and sh...more
Stephanie L
When I first read the Title of the book “Kissing Kate,” instantly, I felt as though this book would be exhilarating. I kept flipping through the pages hoping it would get better, but it never did. I am highly disappointed in the author because I feel like this book is missing essential details and scenes. The author had a whole bunch of useless information like Darlin’s role in the movie was completely pointless. The part where Ariel and Lissa went to visit her gay cousin was also pointless beca...more
Christina (Reading Thru The Night)
I almost didn't want to write a review about this book because I didn't really enjoy it. Still, I'm trying to keep up with all of the books that I've read this year (I think that I've only missed a couple of reviews) so here it goes.

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
Kristine Pratt
I enjoyed this book and appreciate the hard task of tackling such a tough subject as teenage homosexuality. I appreciate what the author did with it and would definitely read more of her books.

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
Carol Velasquez
There were some great moments in this book. And those moments were when we actually got glimpses into the relationship between Lissa and Kate. I thought the progression of thier relationship was well done and the main character, Lissa, was interesting and funny. I felt that some of the supporting characters took away from the story sometimes and I didn't care much for the lucid dreams stuff. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I liked the parts in this book that actually dealt with Lissa's se...more
Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle is about two best friends Lissa and Kate. One night at a party Kate gets drunk and kisses Lissa who was surprised but didn't pull away. The next day Kate wants to ignore what happened between them but Lissa can't let it go, it's stirred emotions within her that she wants to confront even if Kate would rather live in denial and date Ben, a not so nice guy,

Despite its short nature, being under 200pgs long, I found this to be a very disappointing and an unnecessarily...more
Andrea Blythe
During a party one night, Lissa is surprised when her best friend Kate leans in to kiss, but even more surprised by Kate's reaction when Lissa kisses her back. Now abandoned by her best friend, Lissa has to try to figure out what that kiss meant and what it means about who she is now.

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
I'd sum up the plot, but the blurb does it perfectly and I wouldn't want to take away from that. This review will have some spoilers, so consider yourself warned.

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
I suppose this is one of the very few LGBT young adult books I've read, and like any other book, it had its strengths and weaknesses. The thing that definitely stuck out with this book was the vital element of realism. The moments described in the book are very down-to-earth, honest moments that teenagers experience, no matter their orientation. One of the things I didn't really like about Lauren Myracle's Internet Girls series was that, while funny and good reads, they were nothing like what I...more
Kissing Kate was okay. I loved the idea of the story. I loved the main character but it really did not go any where for me. I understand Lissa was coming to terms with her sexuality and trying to be happy, I guess, but it wasn't enough...Gay? for me. :P I don't know. It just wasn't much. Its a good story for people trying to find their way with who they are. Personally it wasn't my favorite. Not to mention the ending was blah. I was looking forward to more romance. To me this book just didn't qu...more
Michelle Rocha
In my limited knowledge of the gay-lesbian experience, this book seems to capture the angst that a teen would go through when coming to terms with her lesbian sexuality. I appreciate that the physical aspect isn't sensationalized and that the author, instead, delves into the inner turmoil and confusion that Lissa, the protagonist, experiences after her best friend kisses her at a party. Thought Lissa's ruminations ring true, some of the plot choices Myracle makes seem a bit contrived. Mom and Da...more
Sophie N
This book was interesting. In the end, I was left hanging and I felt that the issues weren't resolved. Kate and Lissa never really made up, and they never really had that one final fight. Then I thought a little bit. Maybe the main conflict wasn't Kate and Lissa's relationship; as friends or something more, but about how Lissa felt about who she was. I felt like some of the good in this this book were Lissa's date with Finn and Lissa talking to Ariel's cousin. She discovered that she was okay wi...more
good, well-paced coming of age story. I found the ending abrupt, though, despite the fact that it was a complete resolution of the book's conflict. (view spoiler)...more
Since middle school, pretty and popular Kate and funny and unique Lissa thought nothing could come between them. What they didn't know is that the bond that bound them together as friends could be the catalyst to their separation. When inebriated Kate kisses sober Lissa, Lissa can no longer repress and deny her attraction to Kate. Kate, however, cannot bring herself to acknowledge her attraction to Lissa. At the intersection of love and friendship, these two teens must find their own directions...more
So far, I like this book. I like realistic teen fiction, and this fits that genre exactly. Things get awkward with Lissa and her best friend, Kate, after a drunken night at a party. Though, Kate was the only one who was drunk during the kiss. It confuses me that on the back of the book, it says that Kate is pretending Lissa doesn't exist, when obviously Lissa is the one who doesn't want to have anything to do with Kate, except stalking her. Kate trys talking to Lissa, but Lissa just shruggs her...more
Jessica Salinas
The book i read is called "kissing kate" the main characters are Kate,Lissa,and Ariel. Lissa and Kate had been best friends for a long time until one night at a party Kate got drunk and she lean in to kiss Lissa. Lissa kissed her back but the thing is Lissa wasn't drunk. After that kiss Kate had been avioding her and acting like she wasn't her friend. Basically Kate abandons Lissa and leaves her lonley and confused of what she thinks of kate and what is happening between them. Lissa meets a new...more
Tara Calaby
A lesbian-themed YA novel, Kissing Kate has a strong first person narrative that does a good job of directing the reader through the protagonist's eyes. One character for instance, grew on me at the same rate that she grew on the protagonist herself. Realistic and bittersweet, without a jarring happy ending, but rather a logical conclusion to the narrative. Nothing that'll change your life – after all, it is YA Fiction – but a book I'm glad I bought.
La Miracle ha l’impressionante capacità di creare delle storie con delle protagoniste femminili molto forti e spavalde, che risulta inevitabilmente sole. Una solitudine che non viene colmata neanche da chi le circonda, perché la sentono nelle ossa, dentro di loro, dove nessuno le può raggiungere. E scappano da loro stesse.

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Jul 29, 2008 Lisa rated it 1 of 5 stars
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I love GLBT books, espicially ones about females, espically young women, so I thought I would love this and quickly bought it. I dislike it and am completely offended by the premise that a sober girl who hooked up with a drunk girl continuously insisted that the event "was more than a drunken hook up." Such hook ups are sexual haressment due to the other person's state, whether they start it or not, and I was completely disgusted reading about it.
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Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books...more
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“Just because you're into Kate...well, it doesn't necessarily mean you're gay. Although it's okay if you are. But if that's what's worrying you...' Ariel sighed. 'God. It shouldn't be so hard to talk about this stuff. All I'm saying is maybe you're gay and maybe you're not. Maybe you're bi. Or maybe it's totally a Kate thing. Maybe you'd want to be with her whether she was a girl or a boy.'
I blinked. I didn't know if what she said made things better or worse.”
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