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This moment changes everything.

Becca has been head-over-heels for Alec from the instant they met. He’s a brainy jock with a poet’s heart—in other words, perfect for her.

Camille is careful with her words and protective of her heart, especially since Chicago. Then a new boy in her new town catches her off guard with a surprise kiss.

Too bad th...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published April 21st 2010)
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Katie
I loved the little blip on the dust jacket. I did. I really did. I absolutely love romantic YA stories so I figured this would be exactly what I was looking for. And I continued loving it as I flipped through the copyright information, the acknowledgement, and the dedication. Then I found the first page of the book and it all fell out the window from there.

The first thing that annoyed me was the grammar on Camille's part. I'm usually NOT a Grammar Nazi (or not one of the annoying ones that comm...more
Rosalyn
I liked this book more than I expected to--I think mostly because I admired what the author was trying to do stylistically. I picked it up expecting it to be your standard YA chick lit (judging solely by the title and the cover), and then found that the story is told from the point of view of two girls, Becca and Camille, whose lives intersect around a boy, Alec. What was unusual here was *how* the points of view were related: Camille tells her story in a kind of stream-of-conscious journal form...more
Kari

This is a beautifully weaved take on a love triangle type situation, pitched through alternating points of view that are connected in an invisible way. Though it took me a little to really get into the novel, it was well worth it. Camille and Becca have separate lyrical styles, one more prose than the other but it certainly helps paint their overall unique perspectives.

The pacing, first and foremost, is unique and endearing. Some events that are classically elaborated on in most books are instea...more
Jennifer
Becca is a sweet girl who is in love with her long time boyfriend Alec. Alec writes haikus to her all of the time. He is a jock, but the time that they spend together is magical. She honestly can't picture her life without him. Becca is also part of the literary magazine, and when she narrates her part of the story, you can tell the structure of her poems and the word choices that she really cares about structure in her life. She enjoys tasks and goals. After an unfortunate car accident, she is...more
Jessica
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Sesana
This is one of the reasons why I read novels in verse. They're all about character and emotion. You get right to the heart of what the main characters are thinking and feeling. The book is written in two voices. Becca is the girlfriend, and she writes in verse. I greatly preferred reading her sections. Camille is the (unwitting) other woman, and she writes in stream-of-consciousness journal entries. Which would be exactly why I didn't like her parts as much. I dislike stream-of-consciousness sty...more
Mackenzi Jackson
there were multiple things about this book i didn't like. i didn't like the way it was written at all. It switches between people but with little journal entries each time. i also didn't like that it took so long to get to the actual kiss which the book was about. Becca's parts and Camille's were both written differently which made it very hard to follow. Normally small things like this don't bother me but she didn't capitalize the beginning of her sentences.
I did like how realistic it was for...more
取るに足らない (tina) (hiatus: school)
2.5 stars

I liked this book the best so far out of Teera Elan McVoy's books ^_^ (haven't read the "Boy" one yet, so will get to that)
Well, first because of the unique point of views and writing style. And yes, Camille's voice is done where words seem to not stop, and the sentence goes on and on till the page just fills up, Beeca on the other hand, says in voice in free-verse, poetry style. I disliked Beeca, because she came off has a rude-snotty-bitch to Camille out of jealousy, when really, s...more
Catherine Johnson
This is
a clever novel
in verse
that captures
deep emotions
using free verse,
wonderful prose
and delicious poetry
A great
character-led
novel.
Pearline Ho
It's like watching a train crash. It was a watered down YA version of stream of consciousness that was that bad, you just feel compelled to finish it.

Becca's pov was written in verse style
that i still could handle,
but she was so besotted
and whiny
and clingy.

camilles pov is just lack of punctuation and all the uppercase and lowercase like a whole paragraph of words said in a single breath albeit without really thinking if they are constructive or they just seek to occupy space to make the nov...more
Diane Ferbrache
Camille is a senior in high school and the "new girl" once again. Because of her father's job, she has moved frequently, but this time it was particularly painful. She left a city she loved, a close girlfriend, and a boyfriend behind. When she makes some friends and even kisses a cute guy at a party, things start looking up. Becca is also a senior. She's struggling with the usual issues -- which college to choose, a new job, challenges as the editor of the school's literary magazine, and her bo...more
Alicia
Camille is the unintentional "other woman" and Becca is the "it" girl dating Alec. But as they grow apart with work, sports, and getting-ready-for-college/end-of-high-school and Camille's move to yet another place, Alec kisses Camille and days later Becca discovers this through a camera phone picture.

The whole story felt blown out of proportion, I needed more! It took some getting used to when Camille spoke in the second-person with all lowercase, while Becca's part was first person and more to...more
Emily
Don't let the description fool you. This book is essentially about 'the other woman' and how Camille (the other woman) deals with finding out this new charming boy has a girlfriend, and Becca (the kinda clingy girlfriend) decided how to get revenge on Camille and deal with her life falling apart at the hands of Alec, the bastard cheatin' boytoy. Written in verse during Becca's narration and i-don't-even-know-what-to-call Camille's rambling paragraphs with no capitalization, the book alternates b...more
Andrea
I had a hard time getting into this book at first. Each chapter is told from a different viewpoint--Becca and Camille's. Camille tells her story in what I guess is a journal form. There is no capitalization and not to much punctuation--there were a lot of run on sentences and it took quite a while for me to really be able to read it easily. Becca's story is in verse and I think was written beautifully.

While Camille didn't know that she did anything wrong by kissing Alec, I was definitely pro-Be...more
Kelly Hager
I liked this book, and I think I would've liked it more if I hadn't read her first novel, Pure.

But this is not about Pure. :)

After the Kiss is told by two people, Becca and Camille.

Becca is in love with her boyfriend, Alec. Her chapters are told through poems. (Really awesome poems.)

Camille is new in town and meets this guy at a party. It doesn't really go anywhere--just a kiss--but since the guy is Alec...

It's not really Camille's fault. She's still hung up on this guy she dated when she still...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
After The Kiss was a delightful story written in a charming poetic verse. At first, I was feeling perplexed since I'm not used to reading this type of style. However, the fluidity of Becca and Camille's point of views were easy to follow. Once I got into the rhythm, I started enjoying the plot and relatable characters. Becca, was an engrossing individual. I didn't really understand her complexity until she started working at the coffee shop. Camille, was a cautious yet respectable and level-head...more
Krystal
Hickeys
"- are little vampire footprints telling me he was here and here"

As you can see by one of the poems i gave you from the book is that its for very major people that like books about intense love. After the kiss is told by too different point of view Becca and Camille those are the only too characters that talk about them self and other people. Becca and Camille are very different and don't know each other at all but they have the similar problems. Becca has a boyfriend problem were Alec (h...more
Jordyn
Though Camille and Becca have never met, their lives become intertwined when Camille kisses Becca's boyfriend, Alec. For Becca, the kiss signals the end of her relationship while it unmoors Camille, who has gotten good at not setting down roots as her family is constantly picking up and moving. Written in split POV with both verse (Becca) and second-person stream-of-consciousness narration (Camille), the book explores the kiss from both girls' viewpoints as they deal with what comes after.

Since...more
Sarah
Review originally posted here.

To be honest, I bought After the Kiss for two reasons. 1. The cover. How simple and yet awesome is it? And 2. I went into B&N just before Valentine’s Day in the mood for some YA contemporary romance. I bought this book alongside Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance. And also, for the sake of honesty, I wouldn’t have bought this book if I’d realized it was prose poetry. But I read the back of the book (the story and plotline is definitely fun!) but didn’t flip through t...more
Natalie
3.5 Stars

After the Kiss was an ambitious book, to write an entire book of poetry (with some poetic verse thrown in for good measure) but instead of diving into the harsh and gritty topics Ellen Hopkins delves into, writing poetry about the two girls on either end of a cheater.

McVoy is a talented writer; some of the poems, metaphors, phrasery, etc were beautiful. Yet the plot for After the Kiss was lacking, the character development got lost in the poems, and Kiss lost its meaning. Becca, for ins...more
HomeschoolGirl
So far, I've read two Terra Elan McVoy books, and I loved them both. I put After the Kiss on reserve at the library without hesitation, and just got it on Sunday. So there I was, expecting another great book from her, and when I fipped to the first page...

"Um? Mom? It's told in poetry."

Yup. About half of this book is told in poems, from Becca's point of view. The other half is a bit longer and goes to Camille. She tells her story in run-on sentences, with zero capitalization and little punctuat...more
02SteveeW
Oct 25, 2011 02SteveeW rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to 02SteveeW by: found it myself
After the Kiss, This book was a book that any teenage girl would like. Well from my point of view, it was a pretty good book. Filled with drama at points, poetry, and my favorite of all, romance. Looking at this book, made me figure out the reason i bought it in the first place. The cover is so fancy and cute. Its the "in" kind fo style. If you know what i mean. Well about this book. Becca the usual school girl, perfect life, in my opinion the "Movie" life, with a smart good looking jock, with h...more
Becci K
After the Kiss kiss
By Terra Elan McVoy


I read after the kiss by Terra Elan McVoy. In the beginning I thought it was interesting but when I went on to read, it was hard to follow and understand. It has poems throughout the reading that go along with the stories. It is hard to follow because right when one story get juicy and you want to keep reading it switches to a new one.

It started with a girl named Camille and talked about her life and how she over thinks something’s with going too in depth....more
Brittany
This isn't Camille's first move to a new town, and it won't be her last. Her parents move her whenever a new job calls. She has to just pick up her life and leave—her best friend in Cali, her heart in Chicago—and Camille has no say. She's shattered after this move from Chicago, but she figures it's only a matter of time before they move again. She'll just blend in and make no attachments, that is until the kiss.
Becca and Alec seem to be a match made in heaven. She can't believe she has a jock bo...more
02RachaelF
This is a story about a love triangle. It shows different point of views through the entire book. One being Camille’s perspective, one being Becca’s. (Camille and Becca, as you probably inferred, are two of the main girls in this story.) However, it did take me quite a while before I could get into this book. I was glad I kept with it at the end. I think it took me a while to get into the book because of the way it was written. I wasn’t quite used to it. One girl wrote in a journal type form, th...more
02madalynm
This is a beautifully woven take on a love triangle type situation, pitched through alternating points of view that are connected in an invisible way. Though it took me a little to really get into the novel, it was well worth it. Camille and Becca have separate lyrical styles, one more prose than the other but it certainly helps paint their overall unique perspectives.

The pacing, first and foremost, is unique and endearing. Some events that are classically elaborated on in most books are instead...more
Mike
This was one of the most unique books that I've read in a long time, beyond a doubt. I'll confess that I've never read anything written in verse before; I always assumed it would be distancing and gimmicky.

But not a thing about this book was gimmicky. No, everything about the dual narration was intentional and controlled. Camille's second-person narration, for example. There are a lot of ways that you could read it, but I chose to see it as a demonstration of Camille's disconnect from her life....more
Kenya Liggons
So.... basically this book was just overall terrible... I mean this story starts off with two characters, one named Camille, and one named Becca..... Becca is like the type to be the popular girl... if there was a clique they would probably follow Becca, because she was "that girl." She was the girl that everyone knew, and she didn't care what anyone thought of her. Becca is dating this weirdo named Alec.. this is a typical high school story, boy meets girl they fall in love, and then after a wh...more
Ritaryan
I bought this book because the cover seemed interesting and YA books are still very interesting, that's one of the first sections I go to at the book store if I want a quick and new read. Then I came on here and read a lot of negative reviews about the book.

In my opinion, it was a book worth reading especially if you are a teenage girl. I wish I had read more books like this in high school because I could have easily related to it. I've kind of gone backwards in my reading. In high school I woul...more
Clementine
Becca and Alec are the perfect “it” couple. She’s fallen for him hard. Camille is the new girl in town and is careful with her heart. She moves around so much that she never gets invested in much, especially since leaving Chicago. Then she receives an unexpected kiss from a mysterious boy and her world is turned upside down. Unfortunately, the mystery boy is the same Alec who is the center of Becca’s world.

Told in split-point-of-view from both Becca (verse) and Camille (second-person stream-of-c...more
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