If We Kiss (If We Kiss, #1)
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If We Kiss (If We Kiss #1)

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What would happen if we kiss?

Kevin led me quickly around the side of the building, then stopped. I managed not to crash into him. I tried to look calm, cool, unperturbed. I told myself not to laugh, especially not a snorting kind of laugh. "Wha . . . what did . . ."

And then he kissed me.

If We Kiss is the story of Charlotte (Charlie to her friends), who finds herself falli

Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by HarperTeen (first published May 1st 2005)
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First off let me say that Charlie is a freaking dumb ass bimbo! Who in the hell would still want to kiss someone when all you could think of afterwards was GERMS?! Shouldn't you be thinking, oh I don't know, something along the lines of if you even like the guy?!?!?! Charlie always went on and on about how she hated Kevin but the second he kisses her she's all I LOVE YOU KEVIN!!! LOVE ME BACK!!! So f***king pathetic!! And even when her best friend....more
this was soo good i actually really like the end of this book and i usually dont like ends of books so its big that i like this one! lol
Carol Tran
Jun 16, 2010 Carol Tran rated it 1 of 5 stars
This is the worst book I've probably EVER read! If We Kiss is about this girl named Charlie, who randomly gets kissed by this guy in her class, Kevin. Charlie used to hate Kevin 'cause she thought he was a manwhore. Now he's suddenly dating her best friend, Tess, right after he kissed Charlie. But Charlie can't stop herself from liking him, but keeps everything that happens between her and him a secret from Tess. More troubles erupt when Charlie's mom starts dating Kevin's dad. Both families go...more
When We Kiss is definitely an entertaining read by Rachel Vail that follows the story of Charlie's crush and first kiss with a ladies' man (or boy). Kevin is the boy all girl swoon over and Kevin also happens to be her best friend's boyfriend. Wow--the complication of 9th grade love! And of course, there is George, who is of the best friend, next door neighbor status. Kissing Kevin is a growing thing--even Charlie can't believe she likes doing something so disgusting and something that could rui...more
Rachel Vail's If We Kiss is an adorable story that focuses on one teenage girl's angst and drama when it comes to boys, best friends and her mom's new love life. The writing is great, the characters are funny (not overly cheesy), and I enjoyed reading the book overall.

But here's where I'm torn: When I'm reading a book, I normally read it as "Maria: 28 yr. old woman who loves a good romance novel." But there are times, particularly when reading novels truly meant for young adults (12-15 year olds...more
I hate rating a low number of stars for a book. I really do.

But this book simply did not work with me. My reasons were as listed:


~I thought all the characters sounded one and the same. I know that's weird to say when the book was written in first person, but honestly? All the characters-- kids and adults alike-- sounded and acted the same to me.

~I truly disliked the main character. First off, I didn't think her voice was that of a ninth grader; but rather a sixt...more
I liked the beginning of the book but the ending was horrible(my opinion ).I wouldn't say I have a favorite character because there wasn't one character that I truly liked .My opinion on the worst character would have to be Tess I have to say.She was rude to Charlie too many times and she thought of herself too much.Especially the way she was humiliating Charlie at the end of the book(the party)however it was all Kevin's fault in the first place;because if he never got with Charlie and started...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Short, sweet with a bitter after taste.

The shortness of its length didn't leave much room to develop a liking to the characters. Then again, if a book is written well, the length wouldn't matter so much.

Relationships here were awkward and the pairings aren't really likeable.

I was just looking for a quick hit and this one caught my eye. I'm still interested to read the follow up, regardless of how I felt about this book.
Nov 11, 2013 Judy marked it as did-not-finish
Read the first few pages and could not bring myself to continue reading. Very immature voice. I don't mind young and cutesy, but not immature and ridiculous.
Aug 16, 2007 Erica rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Not Recommended
Shelves: high-school
I never actually finished this book, because I got a little ways into and found the storyline so dumb, I couldn't continue for fear of melting my brain.
If We Kiss is a book with no real substance. I guess there could have been a message to it but it didn't come across to me. It all just seemed a little too pointless.

If We Kiss is about Charlie's first kiss and what happens afterward. The whole kissing part wasn't even that big. The story was more about what happens if she kisses him again later even though she didn't enjoy it the first time. Oh and things have really changed since the first time she kissed him seeing as now her mom is dating hi...more
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Rachel Vail’s If We Kiss is about a young girl’s first kiss and the kisses thereafter. But Vail talks about more than just a kiss. In a young girl’s life, it will always be more about the moment than the actual act of kissing and Vail talks about that. If We Kiss is simple and beautiful, bringing me back to the moment of my very own. Of course, Vail’s version is a little more complex than mine, and it makes for a great read.

In If We Kiss, Charlie is living life as a f...more
If We Kiss
Rachel Vail
259 pgs.
ISBN 0-06-056914-X

Charlotte (Charlie) fell in love with someone who she "shouldn't" be in love with. No one knows who this person is, not even her bestest friend Tess. With this secret kept all to herself, Tess slowly fell in love with him and they became a couple. Having to see them always together, Charlie doesn't know how to be herself. Besides this love relationship, her mother is also going out with his father. How is she going to continue...more
I am presently reading a 259 page work of juvenile fiction called If We Kiss. The writer, Rachel Vail, was born on July 25, 1966 in New York. I think it is pretty amazing how well someone of Vail’s age can depict such young characters. She is known not only for juvenile fiction, but also children’s picture books.

If We Kiss opens up telling about a ninth grade girl named Charlie experiencing her first kiss, this scene is written very well, from the awkwardness of the brick jamming into her back,...more
If We Kiss is about a girl named Charlie who finally had her first kiss with Kevin Lazarus. She was a freshman in high school, and after he kissed her in the hallway in school, she had the biggest crush on him. Once Kevin’s dad and Charlie’s mom started dating, and Kevin and Charlie saw each other more, she slowly started to fall in love with him. One problem: Charlie’s best friend Tess is dating Kevin. Soon after Charlie got her first kiss, Kevin and Tess started dating. This may not have happe...more
Holly (Novel Bliss)
Review originally posted on the blog. :)

I REALLY wanted to love this book. I mean, you like (and kiss) a boy whose dad is dating your mom? Yes please! Unfortunately, I’m really sad to say that this is my first DNF of the year, which is why there is no rating. Normally, I don’t DNF books, but sadly this one I had too.

I had a lot of issues with this book, the first one starting on page one. I just don’t get why Kevin randomly kisses Charlie out of nowhere. It makes no sense. I feel like the story...more
First, I must say this is one of the cutest covers I've seen recently (maybe it has to do with my obsession with the color pink). If We Kiss by Rachel Vail is a sweet story of discovering your first love. Though the summary blurb can be found as misleading, Charlotte’s story is one of a girl in a sticky situation. Like many of us, Charlotte finds herself falling for the same guy as her best friend and knows their relationship would be destroyed if she shared her feelings. It was relieving to rea...more
I didn't know it was possible to be SO ANNOYED WITH A BOOK. I stopped at 14.6% (love you Kindle!). Normally, I wouldn't review a book without finishing it - pretty much because I always finish the books I get, and if I don't it's because I need to return them to the library, not because they are that bad.

This book was just not quality. It wasn't even realistic. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, although I'm sure there are people out there who like it. Let me say this - if the actual writing of...more
Apr 10, 2010 Olive rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like a stupid typical dramatic romance
Recommended to Olive by: Anna
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Mikey Cupcakes
I think that this book was really good because it had a lot of situations that I could relate to. I think the ending was really good too because it ended with a really big statement. I understand liking two guys and not knowing who to live with the feeling. READ THIS BOOK!
Gaby T
This book was alright, It was full of drama, so if you like girl/boy drama, this is the book for you. :)
Sara A.K.A. Sista Mary Gonzales
looks like a frend i kno... aulii!
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Dec 03, 2008 ( : marked it as to-read
omg! this would be perfect for aulii
Oct 28, 2010 Cayla added it
sorta nasty.....:/
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Quick & Dirty: A teenage story about a first kiss and the emotional rollercoaster of the kiss thereafter.

Opening Sentence: Kevin Lazarus stopped in front of me in the hall, turned around, and asked me if I was ready for the bio quiz.

The Review:

Rachel Vail’s If We Kiss is about a young girl’s first kiss and the kisses thereafter. But Vail talks about more than just a kiss. In a young girl’s life, it will always be more about the moment than the actual act...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Perhaps because I've been reading so much contemporary all of a sudden in a relatively short time span, I really cannot help comparing them one to another. Oddly enough, the Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart has become a sort of benchmark I compare all of the funny, quirky, happy, romance-focused books to. If We Kiss shares the messed up romances and friendships of E. Lockhart's series, but does not feature quite so likable of a heroine or delve as deep emotionally. On its own merits, If We Kiss...more
Liliana Saquicela
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Jul 23, 2009 Ruth rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Charlotte kind of doesn't like Kevin; he kisses lots of girls... Then he pulls her aside in school one day and kisses her, and she kisses him back, and likes it, but then they don't talk to each other, and Charlotte's friend Tess kisses Kevin, and announces she likes him. And THEN, Charlotte finds out her mother has started dating Kevin's father, so the two half-families find themselves going on a vacation together to "get to know each other", and then their parents get engaged, and she and Kevi...more
Charlotte or charlie to her close friends and family. Finds herself falling for Kevin, her bestfriends boyfriend. Not only is her bestfriend in love with him but her mom and his father are dateing! Charlie still wounders what would happen, if we kiss? The main charecters would be Tess, Kevin and Charlie. I really can't think of another book I have rad that I could compare this book to.
This book made me angery because Charlie was betraying her best friend. She also could not decide if she shoul...more
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I was born on July 25, 1966, in NEW YORK CITY, and grew up in New Rochelle, NY, with my mother, my father, and my younger brother Jon. (And down the street from my future husband, though of course I didn't know that until much later.)

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“I didn't care who kissed you first as long as I kissed you last."
-George from If We Kiss”
“I dont care who kissed you first as long as I kiss you last.” 29 likes
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