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Extreme Kissing

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  130 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Carlota and Bethany are best friends. Bethany is the sensible one with a long-term boyfriend, Carlota is the crazy one with a wild past and rebellious nature. All is fine in their world - apart from Carlota hating her stepdad and longing for a old flame. And apart from Bethany thinking her boyfriend is about to dump her and that her period is late...

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paperback, 327 pages
Published April 2nd 2009 by Corgi Children's
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Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 10, 2010 Blodeuedd Finland rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
This was a good YA, and there wasn’t anything too teen about. I am talking about drugs, sex and alcohol. Sometimes that just seems to be there because it should. Sure here there was the fear that she might be pregnant but that was it. This was more about the journey and friendship between these two girls.

Bethany doesn’t want to go on any trip and to embarrassing things. She wants to stay home and study for her exams, but at the same time her worries are eating her up and she wants to tell her be
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
This really exceeded my expectations. I had a good idea that I’d like it as it’s my kind of book but it had much more depth than I was expecting. It was really witty and good fun – I’m really taken by the whole extreme travelling and am tempted to try it myself – but in addition to that we also get some brilliant characterisation. I connected to Bets straight away and she is the kind of girl I could see myself being friends with. Carlota took a longer for me to warm to but I have the feeling tha ...more
Steph Bowe
Apr 30, 2014 Steph Bowe rated it really liked it
Extreme Kissing is a brilliantly funny, chick-lit novel for teenage girls, which also has some substance to it. Over the course of a crazy day in London, Carlota and Bethany (aka Lots & Bets) both change - their friendship with each other, their feelings about their families, as well as their view of themselves. Carlota is the impulsive, boy-crazy one (she's a fan of the pash'n'dash, to use an Australian term) whilst Bethany is more stable, in a long-term relationship. They're both stressed ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally posted at Fluttering Butterflies

I really loved Extreme Kissing by Luisa Plaja! It's a book that made me laugh, but it also made my heart hurt and I just wanted to read more and more. Extreme Kissing is a great book about friendship and secrets and figuring out what you want.

It's also a book that I read at the perfect timing. Do you remember my Doing Things Differently project? It was a few years ago and only the most loyal and long-standing blog readers may remember. B
Ria [The Beaucoup Review]
Feb 17, 2010 Ria [The Beaucoup Review] rated it it was amazing
The past 2 days have been so cool! I received 2 packages. 1 from Luisa Plaja, and 1 from Bloomsbury. The one from Luisa contained her book Extreme Kissing! I read it the same day- and here's the review.

Carlota and Bethany are best friends forever. Carlota's the wild one, whilst Bethany's the sensible one. Carlota has no boyfriend- only an obsession with her ex, whilst Bethany has a long term boyfriend. Carlota isn't bothered about her GCSE's, whilst Bethany is revising hard. Carlota takes advise
Jul 09, 2009 Joanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
It’s GCSE year, and Bethany is feeling the pressure. She missed the last two days of school because she was ill, and any last minute revision. If that wasn’t bad enough, her long term boyfriend Declan hasn’t phoned her and has been ignoring her texts, and her calendar tells Bethany her period is late. The only person she can really talk to is her BFF Carlota.

Carlota, a wild child, thinks Bethany stresses far too much, and knowing that she has some awful news to tell Bethany, that her boyfriend h
Jennifer Wardrip
Jun 18, 2009 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
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Bethany and Carlota have been best friends ever since Carlota moved from Brussels. Ever since then, Carlota has been pining after her ex, Yves, though she doesn't let on, having everyone believe that she's only interested in Kisses Etcetera with a bunch of random guys.

With her boy snaring techniques, Bethany soon finds herself with her own boyfriend, Declan, but what happens when she has a pregnancy scare? Before knowing Bethany's secret, Carlota com
Apr 16, 2011 Zoe rated it it was amazing
I love Luisa Plaja's books, and I couldn't wait to start reading this book. It definitely lived up to my expectations! It is FANTASTIC!

Carlota is a troublesome girl who is crazy about her ex-boyfriend, and her best friend Bethany is sensible and constantly studying for GCSEs. To escape from all their worries and stressful problems, Carlota suggests to do a spontaneous trip to London - Extreme Travelling. They bring their favourite magazine, Teen Spice!, with them to take them on many adventures
May 15, 2009 Sophie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. Luisa Plaja's second novel is as brilliant as her first, if not better.

The story flows and the characters are well developed and extremely easy to like and relate to. I think that Bethany and Carlota represent a lot of teenage girls which will make them appeal to so many. Lots of their thoughts, feelings and even situations will apply to the lives of lots of girls.

Extreme Kissing was also really funny! Some of the things that they got up to, such as the silent rave,
Aug 04, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 dafür, dass ich auf den letzten Seiten total überrascht wurde. Die Charaktere waren toll und haben sich an einem Tag sehr verändert. Ich shippe Bet und Zac total;D ...more
Dec 17, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it
I picked up this book years ago and read it in one sitting. From what I can remember, it was a humourous book and something people are able to relate to.

I've read it numerous times since then and felt that it always lived up to my expectations every time.

The only criticism is that the language doesn't exactly describe the situations well enough. However, I feel that it is a good book for those aged 10+ who are delving into the world of books.
Sep 13, 2013 Tkindchen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, german
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Kate Pinn
Oct 23, 2009 Kate Pinn rated it it was amazing
This was one of those book I just loved. I felt that teenagers were realistically portrayed and the story kept me intrigued. Follow this link to find out more:
Jun 14, 2010 Emma rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book, it hass lots of LOL moments. I could really identify with the central characters but have to admit to intensely disliking Carlota. Really powerful writing in a witty, intellegent, down-to-earth style.
Liz Rettig
Apr 10, 2009 Liz Rettig rated it it was amazing
An Extremely Absorbing Read.

Interesting plot, authentic teenage characters, and witty - this is a fast paced, absorbing story which will keep readers guessing to the end.
Sep 09, 2012 Bethany rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, 3-star
I enjoyed this story. The characters were portrayed realistically and reminded me of people in my life. Though Carlota's selfishness annoyed me.
Amanda Ashby
Oct 11, 2009 Amanda Ashby rated it it was amazing
This book rocks and I think everyone needs to read it and then go and have an extreme adventure of their own!!!!
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were likeable and the story was fun, if a little unrealistic.
May 22, 2010 Jeanne rated it really liked it
My old friend Luisa triumphs again. I wish there had been books like this when I was a teenager!
Mar 13, 2010 Nicole rated it liked it
WON this for Sex in Teen Lit month 2009, held by Jo at :D
Mar 18, 2009 H rated it really liked it
Look out for a review in the next week or so.
Natalia Costa lopes
Jan 06, 2013 Natalia Costa lopes rated it it was amazing
Um livro muito bom com muita emoção e diverção.
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Author of teen comedy romance novels including Split by a Kiss, Extreme Kissing, Swapped by a Kiss and Kiss Date Love Hate, published by Random House. Latest novel is Diary of a Mall Girl, published by Curious Fox.
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