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After the Kiss

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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 that new boy is Becca's boyfriend
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published April 21st 2010)
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Katie
Jul 23, 2012 Katie rated it did not like it
Shelves: summer-2012
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
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Rosalyn Eves
Apr 25, 2011 Rosalyn Eves rated it really liked it
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
Jun 13, 2010 Kari rated it really liked it

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
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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.
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Dove
Mar 18, 2016 Dove rated it really liked it
THIS BOOK GAVE ME ALL THE FEELS! It was so nostalgic, tragic, and beautiful!! I give props to this author because 1. it's literally impossible to write an entire novel in just POEMS 2. it's legit impossible to tell a GOOD and ENTERTAINING story in poems. The author accomplished both of these with easee. I read this in one sitting. It was fantastic! I've never read a book written in such an unique manner and I'm so happy I read it! It was hard at first, because I don't like poetry, but I soon got ...more
Jennifer
Jun 16, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 08, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
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Pearline Ho
Mar 16, 2014 Pearline Ho rated it did not like it
Shelves: verse
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
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Sesana
Jun 21, 2011 Sesana rated it really liked it
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
Alexandra
Oct 26, 2014 Alexandra rated it liked it
Terra Elan McVoy wrote many books but the one I am about to tell you about is no exception. Ladies and gentleman, for you reading pleasure, After the Kiss. After the Kiss is a for the most, a beautiful book. It is told in the two perspectives of Becca and Camille. These two Girl don't share much in common with each other. Becca on one hand is a small town girl. She has never lived anywhere else than the place she was born, a little town down south in Virginia. She lives with her mom and to suppo ...more
Megan Anderson
Jun 17, 2015 Megan Anderson rated it liked it
Shelves: formystudents, 2015
Two girls never meet, but their voices--and lives--intersect over one boy. In this novel-in-verse, Camille is the new girl in town trying to find her place and bide her time until the end of her senior year, when she secretly plans to backpack across Europe. Becca, on the other hand, is looking forward to graduating and going to college with her handsome boyfriend. But when that boyfriend kisses Camille at a party one night, neither girls’ lives will ever be the same.

Some of the poetry in this w
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Pamela
Dec 06, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it
My real rating for, 'After the Kiss,' is 4 1/2 stars. This was the first story I ever read in alternating verse and prose format, but I have to say that I fell in love with it. You could really see the characters (Camille & Becca) progress throughout the plot, emotionally and mentally. I read in a total of four hours. A great quick read!!! And I honestly can relate!!! <3 <3 <3
maisha
Apr 04, 2016 maisha rated it really liked it
This book "After The Kiss" I have just finished the book . And I have to say this book wasn't really what I had expected it to be. When I first started reading this book honestly I thought that it was boring. I really didn't understand the book at all. The author didn't really introduce the characters in the book. You had to figure out who the characters are on your own. Also I felt like the author was really adding some unnecessary details that weren't relevant to the book.

But something that
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Mackenzie Jackson
Jun 13, 2014 Mackenzie Jackson rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-project
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
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Gin Yee
Sep 18, 2014 Gin Yee rated it really liked it
I thought this was a wonderfully presented book, and I personally enjoyed Becca's pov more, mainly because of the poetry. The diction used was perfectly appropriate for every moment in the book, and I found it heartwarming to see Camille facing her fear in the end of the book. And I was glad that Becca got rid of the jerk boyfriend >:) Having recently gone through an awful breakup and still suffering, this book was practically calling out to me, and it brought me some comfort during my 2am em ...more
❅ (t.c) (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
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Catherine Johnson
Mar 07, 2011 Catherine Johnson rated it liked it
This is
a clever novel
in verse
that captures
deep emotions
using free verse,
wonderful prose
and delicious poetry
A great
character-led
novel.
Jessica
Mar 09, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
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Diane Ferbrache
Nov 04, 2010 Diane Ferbrache rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2011 Alicia rated it liked it
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
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Emily
Feb 14, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok
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
Jul 11, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kelly Hager
May 12, 2010 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
May 13, 2010 Eleni ( La Femme Readers ) rated it really liked it
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
Dec 23, 2010 Krystal rated it really liked it
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
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Jordyn
Aug 06, 2011 Jordyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ace-list, ya, 2011, verse, split-pov
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
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Sarah
Nov 17, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
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
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Natalie
Apr 16, 2013 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic-fic, ya
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
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Written&Read
Mar 20, 2012 Written&Read rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-reads
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
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02SteveeW
Oct 25, 2011 02SteveeW rated it really liked it
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
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