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Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen
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Sep 09, 2008

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bookshelves: humor, youngadult, misery-oh-misery

This chicklit title can't decide whether it wants to be an outrageous comedy like the Louise Rennison "Georgia Nicholson" series, or be a more serious story about divorce, communication and relationships. It's not bad, but it's not that good, either.
Evangeline's parents are separated, and so she tries to help her mom out as much as she can with the housework. While vacuuming her mom's room, she finds a stash of cheesy romances, including one called The Crimson Kiss. She finds herself captivated by the story, and decides to make getting her own "crimson kiss" her goal that year in school.
After a make-over, she selects her target, the hottie in the homeroom. Naturally, things don't go as well as she hoped. The hottie's kiss is far from satisfying. But that doesn't stop her from her quest, which at first amuses, and then worries her best friend.
Meanwhile, her father is trying to get her to talk to him, only to get completely shut down by Evangeline. Could her inappropriate kissing be a symptom of problems at home? Gee, I wonder...
While teen girls will likely enjoy this, I found it too obviously message-y and Evangeline's behavior both ridiculous and unbelievable. And forget getting a boy anywhere NEAR this book.
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message 1: by Alicia (new)

Alicia it was cute...

Madi Was just wondering.... What age is this book appropriate for?

Jackie "the Librarian" I'd say about 8th grade and up, Madi.

Madi Thank you so much! I read the book and I loved it. It was funny and cute. I agree with you on the age and I appreciate you responding to my comment. Thank you again!

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