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
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
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
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
It is true that there could more char ...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
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
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
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
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
Despite its short nature, being under 200pgs long, I found this to be a very disappointing and an unnecessarily ...more
Things get awkward after BFFs Lissa and Kate kiss at a party. Now they're barely talking, not quite fighting, not quite friends. Lissa meets Ariel, a nonconformist, who helps Lissa learn to adapt to life without her former best friend.
KISSING KATE, originally published in 2003, feels a bit dated, given all progress we've made over the past decade. While being gay isn't accepted in all areas of the country and in all families, access to resources and information is readily available. The ...more
I liked this book in many ways and I didn't like this book in many ways. First of all, it didn't feel finished. It ended and I wasn't sure it was supposed to do so. The climax didn't feel very clim ...more
Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books ...more
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