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Kiss & Make Up

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,078 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Emerson Taylor, a 16-year-old lip gloss addict with a secret gift: she can read the mind of anyone who kisses her. Though puckering up with brainy boys to get test answers helps her grades, a scholarship competition and a new crush compel Emerson to stifle her gift and study the honest – if old-fashioned – way. With support from her family, including her aunt/guardian who ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Amazon Publishing
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enqi ☁️✨ [joon's]
Kiss & Make Up was at best a mediocre book. It was childish and juvenile, and annoyed me thoroughly. Emerson, the MC, finds out she can see into people's minds and read their thoughts and memories when she kisses them. At the same time, her grades are slipping, and because of that her aunt threatens to take her out of her fancy private school. So what does Emerson do? Instead of trying to pull her socks up, she goes around kissing all the Ivy League nerds in her school so she can get answers ...more
Patricia O'Sullivan
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen-year-old Emerson Taylor has never kissed a boy. Though this seems to be a big problem, a bigger one is brewing. Emerson's grades are slipping and her guardian, her Aunt Arch, is threatening to pull her out of the private school she attends. Emerson needs to turn things around fast. Luckily, Emerson learns she has the ability to read the mind of anyone she kisses. Emerson decides to kiss the nerdiest boys in school. Problem solved. But when she starts to fall for one of the boys, Emerson' ...more
Jessie
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ok. This book was bad on so many levels. I don't even know why I kept reading it except that it was free on my kindle through the "borrowing" library, and I have a lot of one-handed breast-feeding to do, so... I guess it was good for that. And I realize that as a 30-something women, I shouldn't really be reading and reviewing a YA novel for 12-year-old girls. But, with all that said, there are some really great YA novels out there, so the genre should not occlude a critical review, in my opinion ...more
Jeanne
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
The premise for this sounded really clever, but it just didn't deliver. I considered giving up on this every time I picked it up. I wish that I would have. I was hoping there would just be something more to explain Emerson's gift, but there just isn't. The writing annoyed me to no end. First of all, I felt that the author was dumbing it down to sound like a teenager, so it didn't sound sincere. The lack of description in parts was really weird, such as the hair was supposed to be such a big deal ...more
Just My Bucking Book Blog
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting to like this book some what but I didn't, I actually fell in love with it instead. It was so cute and funny, I found myself either grinning or laughing out loud while reading it!! I loved the good message it gave off as well with the use of make up as a power tool and not something to hide behind. I think I'll be reading this one again, it's found a home on my Kindle.

I'm gifting it to my younger sister because I know she love it like I did.

Surina
Apr 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Surina by: Amazon
I did not expect Kiss and Make Up to be like this. Actually, I forgot most of my expectations. I just know that I was shocked after trying to read it.

The main character is a girl named Emerson. And she wants to kiss a boy so badly that it's not even funny. Oh, and when she finally does, she finds out she can read the minds of the boys she kisses. And she finds a way to use her power to her advantage. She starts kissing all the nerdy boys so that she can absorb all their knowledge. And she starts
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Jessica
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
This was such a cute book! I purchased it on impulse on my Kindle and I'm glad I did. There were a few things I did not like about this book that I'll get to in a minute, but overall, I think this was a nice, light, fluffy read that younger (and possibly some older) readers will enjoy. This book is a particularly good read after reading something with a heavier tone. I had just finished reading two horror type novels before I started Kiss and Make Up so it was definitely a nice, sweet change of ...more
Beth
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
such a fan of a great cover, love it!! I am new to Katie's writing. read this through Prime reading on AMAZON. such a quick read for me. I didn't realize this was a YA read. love all the humor. such a cute one indeed!! ( :
Leah Green
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kiss & Make Up....

I really enjoyed this book. A cute easy read. I loved the family dynamic. As well as the friendships.
The story is centered around Emerson. She has been lax on her education. Letting her grades slip. She goes to an expensive private school. Her Aunt threatens to pull her if she doesn't step up her game. She comes up with a plan and discovers she has a unique gift along the way. The experience changes her in unexpected ways.
I would definitely recommend this book to young adu
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Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
Kiss & Make Up is a sweet YA read to lift anyone's mood with its cute and funny storyline. It's the kind of book where you smile, laugh, groan, shudder and blush with shame from totally ridiculous and amusing moments that you'd wish to rather run a hundred miles marathon wearing heels than having to face them.

Emerson Taylor starts by being a very insecure girl, despite her popularity. She makes rash decisions using her unique gift, messing up a bit her life, but growing so much along the way
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Megan (The Book Babe)
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Kiss and Make-Up was a fun read for me, but I expected more of it. I expected it to be about Emerson dealing with her mind reading and finding love along the way, but it seems that just wasn't in the cards for this one. First off, Emerson never really deals with her problems. It seems like all she really does is find ways around them. Bad grades? No problem. Just kiss answers out of the brainy boys. Her person
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Jen
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, kindle-fire
this quick ya read is 3.5 to 4 stars. I thought it was a fun twist on the teenage years. the aunt was really wonderful character although a little too surfacey for my tastes. there was a lot to read between the lines (mother's story, piper's story) amongst the main story... maybe I am cynical but I feel like there was some darkness in the characters unmentioned ... that alone is pretty remarkable from a general ya "fluff" book!

I loved the jazz storyline and truly bringing outthe magicof makeup!
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Gina Basham
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fun, fun, fun YA book! Emerson is such a fun and normal teen, except this one little thing... She can absorb things from people she kisses. Of course she doesn't know this at first because she's never kissed a boy.

She is a fun-loving teen wrapped up in all the teen angst but still a great kid. Loved the cast of characters surrounding her. The popular kids, nerds, band geeks, gamers and her BFF. Katie handles them all delicately and totally true to type.

Emerson uses her gifts for evil (grades) bu
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Gigi Vasquez
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: put-down
Couldn't read it because my kindle version had a few pages missing. Weird, I know, but amazon didn't even care.
Abbie
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Can't say I liked the characters in this, as I found them quite annoying at points. The story wasn't one I could love either, but it was okay overall.
Angela Scott
Aug 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ms-romance
While the ending of this book turned out okay, this book was fairly shallow overall and exactly the kind of book I wouldn't want influencing teenage girls.
Thais
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Silly but a nice distraction from your day to day life
Nola Byrum
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: favorites, teen
OK, don't let my rating deceive you. I actually REALLY loved this book. However, there was just too many bad messages, offensive comments, bad words, etc, for me to give it a high rating.
Liked:
-Easy read
-Not boring
-Had SOME good messages
-Teen girls will love it
Disliked:
-Not quite sure what it was supposed to be about, i'm not sure the makeup plot was even needed. It took away from the actual story and really did nothing for the book.
-Sexist
-Bad words
-Said that if you didn't wear makeup, you were
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Catie Rogers
Oct 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
I am so disappointed in this book ! I hated the story line, I hated how it started so very juvenile. I only finished it so I could give a fully honest review. I hated it when I started it and I hated that I wasted my time finishing it. :(
R
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did like this book. It was nice to see a female character that wasn't shamed for being feminine. Emerson is complex and does some growing up over the course of the story. The story has a happy ending that isn't entirely cliche. I recommend for a younger girl.
Rhea
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could not put it down

This book was a classic teen romance novel with a twist. Slightly predictable at times but I loved it. Definitely recommend !
Leigh Goldian
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute!

I wasn’t expecting to like this book, but I actually liked it a lot! The plot was interesting and it definitely kept me hooked!
Hafsa
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah

This book was Amazing.It has all the drama u could ask for and more.plus so many different and diverse characters with different personality’s.
Megan
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spook cute!!

Loved this book! It was so adorable and I can't wait to read another book written by this author! Highly recommended!
Hafsa M
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Emerson Taylor, a student at Haygood Academy, needs to pull her grades up soon before she is forces to go to public schools. While kissing a friend at a party Emerson realizes she can suck memories right out of people and devises a plan. Emerson plans to kiss all the “Ivy League bound” guys in her grade desperate to bring her grades up. During “Operation Lip Lock” Emerson starts to fall for an Ivy, Edwin McNeely, ashamed to tell her friends Emerson finally realizes that there is nothing to be a ...more
Jasmin
What would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?

An interesting skill to have, I would have used it for seeing if the guy I am dating is worth my time of day. But that's just me. Emerson Taylor had different ideas. She kissed her way to get better grades. Her aunt has threatened to pull her out of private school if she does not improve her grades. Studying would have been a simple solution but studying is too hard for Emerson.

Emerson is obsessed wit
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Jill
2.5 stars

Kiss & Make Up is a generally cute and lighthearted story. However, I think it has the maturity level of a tween novel (excepting some mature scenes and language). And the paranormal aspect is underdeveloped; the story would have been better without Emerson's mind-reading via kissing. The story could have simply involved Emerson kissing several smart guys in order to get their help in school--no paranormal gift necessary. Other problems include forced and unrealistic dialogue betwee
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D.M. Dutcher
I think I lost two pounds of testosterone reading this, but for what it was I can't complain. It's fluffy wish fulfillment for tween and teen girls interested in the Cosmo mindset. It probably will drive teens who like even a remotely serious book insane though.

Emerson is a young girl who attends a tony private school. She lives with her sister and her aunt, due to being abandoned by her mother at an early age. Unfortunately Emerson has a special talent. If she kisses someone, she can perceive a
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Stephanie
Jan 05, 2017 is currently reading it
While kissing a friend at a party Emerson realizes she can suck memories right out of people and devises a plan. After that Emerson started read minds when she kisses or gets kissed, and this is why she become popular at school. Can you Imagine if you had the power to read people's minds? Isn't that amazing? This power makes me interested to keep reading this book and see how Emerson read others mind. Sometime I would imagine that if I can read others mind but not by kissing, instead of kissing ...more
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Katie Anderson is a full time writer living in the literary mecca of Oxford, Mississippi where she believes she somehow inhaled the desire to write from the trees lining William Faulkner's front yard, or maybe ingested it in the sweet tea that flows around the city like a delicious amber river. Whatever the case, one day after stumbling upon Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, Katie realized sh ...more
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