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If We Kiss (If We Kiss #1)

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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.

Charlotte (Charlie to her friends) finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is in love wit
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by HarperTeen (first published May 1st 2005)
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Tia ~ Everything is possible, the impossible just takes longer ~

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.
Carol Tran
Jun 16, 2010 Carol Tran rated it did not like it
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
May 21, 2012 Maria rated it liked it
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
Brad B.
Feb 15, 2016 Brad B. rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This book was a very invigorating choice for me, albeit has a very confusing plot. So the basis of the story is that the main character is in love with her best friends boyfriend, and the boyfriends dad is dating the protagonists mom. It's honestly really confusing and on all different levels of weird. The book's pacing was alright, but could've been better. I like the way it's formatted, and how it's easy to read for newcomers. (on a side note I forgot to point out, the girl is fourteen and nev ...more
Apr 20, 2009 Alicia rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2009 Minerva rated it it was ok
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
Apr 03, 2015 Ro rated it it was ok
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 six
May 18, 2012 Brenda rated it liked it
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
Mar 20, 2016 Morgan rated it liked it
3/5 Full Review can be found on

For me I found that the book was very fast paced, which I do really enjoy, instead of lolling it out. I know that Charlie and her friends are in grade 9 but I find that they are a little young, and she seems constantly confused when it comes to situations.

I really like the fact that Charlie's mom was having fun at the party, and even acting like a teenager herself.

I liked how Charlie would fight for what she thought was righ
Joy (joyous reads)
Dec 16, 2012 Joy (joyous reads) rated it liked it
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.
Mar 15, 2016 Nat rated it it was amazing
The book titled, “If We Kiss” written by Rachel Veil is a story about the typical high school drama that goes on everywhere. I enjoyed reading this book because the events that happened in the book made me think about some of the things that go on in my own school. The main plot is about one girl named Charlie, who kisses a boy named Kevin, who happens to end up dating her best friend Tess. Not only did Charlie have to struggle with her confusion over the kiss, and the fact that she had to lie t ...more
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 did not like it
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.
Mar 22, 2010 Katie rated it liked it
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
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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
Aug 26, 2009 Diana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 10th-advisory
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
Mar 31, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: q3-2009
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,
Oct 29, 2010 Devinc rated it liked it
Shelves: irp-shelf
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
Apr 09, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I would actually give this book a 2.5 rating.
If We Kiss isn't a very good book, but it's not very bad either. The first half of the book was pretty bad. It consisted of many eye rolls, throwing my kobo down, and closing my eyes to contain myself. Basically, the characters were very immature. Then it got pretty great at the ski lodge and then the rest of the book was much less cringe worthy.

The two main parts I didn't enjoy about this book were the characters and the descriptions.

Jun 01, 2015 Mayra rated it liked it
This was a cute and simple read but don't think that this book is about a kiss only. Yes we meet Charlie and her friends and everything that could possibly affect a 14 year old sure does to poor old Charlie and her friends. But while you are reading it, you discover that Charlie is experiencing many things but it is all covered up by this obsession with the kiss. She like many of the other characters in the book is going through a mini life crisis. She is no longer a small child but yet still no ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Divya rated it did not like it
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
Piper Eades
Mar 03, 2015 Piper Eades rated it it was amazing
If We Kiss
Rachel Vail

If We Kiss is about a fourteen year old named charlie and her best friend tess. charlie hadn't been kissed before and tess had about three times, so as any teenage best friend would do, tess guilt tripped charlie into feeling bad about not being kissed. Tess gets a new boyfriend named kevin, who charlie has a crush on. she attempts to keep her feelings to herself because she doesn't want to upset her best friend.
Charlie’s mom on the other hand, had been divorced for a
Apr 10, 2010 Olive rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like a stupid typical dramatic romance
Recommended to Olive by: Anna
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Jay G
Aug 05, 2015 Jay G rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If We Kiss follows a girl named Charlotte (Charlie) and her major insta-love for a boy named Kevin. One day before school starts, Kevin takes Charlie to the side of the building and kisses her, ultimately causing her to become OBSESSED with him. Unfortunately for Charlie, he starts dating her best friend Tess, a few days later. To make matters even more complicated, her mother and Kevin's father begin to date as well.

Charlie drove me absolutely insane... She was so idiotic and childish I just w
Mikey Cupcakes
Jan 13, 2012 Mikey Cupcakes rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 21, 2015 Denis rated it it was amazing
I read If We Kiss by Rachel Vail which was about this girl named Charlie who had her first kiss.I choose this book because my friend got the second book and I wanted to get the first book since it looked interesting.My favorite part in this book was when Charlie had told her best friend Tess that she kissed her boyfriend.My least favorite part was when Kevin started to ignore Charlie after they had kissed for no reason and it made her upset.I really enjoyed this book because it was interesting a ...more
Ally Pershina
Feb 27, 2015 Ally Pershina rated it liked it
If we kiss was a pretty good book! Charlie was living a normal life until she started liking this boy named Kevin. She went to his party and discovered many crazy things that made her sad and mad at the same time. Her and Kevin's family become really close which mean she can't "like like" Kevin. But it is hard for her! At the party Kevin starts dating Charlie's best friend Tess and Charlie doesn't know what to do about it!

I really liked this book a lot! I love how the author writes she really su
Tori Stitt
Sep 16, 2015 Tori Stitt rated it really liked it
The book I read is called If We Kiss by Rachel Vail. I rated this book four stars because I thought it was really good, but not the best book I've read. This is a book about a girl named Charlie who likes a boy named Kevin. Kevin then kissed her and the next day he kisses her best friend Tess. Tess and Kevin soon get together while Charlie hasn't told anyone that he kissed her. Then Charlie's mother and Kevin's father start dating. A couple months later Charlie, Kevin, Kevin's sister Samantha, C ...more
Gaby T
Jan 27, 2011 Gaby T rated it liked it
This book was alright, It was full of drama, so if you like girl/boy drama, this is the book for you. :)
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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.)

Some details, I do know-I was very into reading and theater, so I read every book I could get my hands on (especially realistic fiction, either contempo
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