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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band.

After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they'll both try to make something happen
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Poppy
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Kevin Fanning
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hands down one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life. Like actually funny, not "Heh" funny but people on the T looking at me funny, Rosalie sitting next to me going WHAT IS THAT WHAT ARE YOU READING WHAT'S SO FUNNY READ IT TO ME. I'm extremely excited for the world to meet Riley.
Kelly Hager
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book had me at the "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist meets Easy A." I'm a sucker for "It's this meets this!" if the two "this"es are books or movies that I love.

In this case, the comparison is completely apt. It's very fun and also incredibly clever. I can't tell you how many times I literally laughed out loud...but it was a lot.

This is a book for people who weren't super popular in high school but who weren't also part of the dregs of society. (Although I think Riley especially was much
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Heidi (yabibliophile)
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Boys) by Amy Spalding is laugh out loud funny! I had a silly grin on my face the entire time I was reading. Riley is a mess...a delightfully charming mess. She is such an authentic character. Following her as she navigates the murky and confusing waters of romantic relationships (and friendships!) was a treat. While I wanted her to end up with "The Guy," I didn't want the fun to end. Charming, witty, and completely addictive! I highly recommend Kissing Ted Callaha ...more
Bee
Feb 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-thanks

Lost interest.

FYI, I did start it once, but it was a bit too... childish and stereotypical for me. It felt like a really bad Disney Channel Original movie that makes me lose faith in humanity. So no. No no. But hey, I probably got Bingo saying this, so hurray! T_T
Danny
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5
This has been a fantastic read! It was funny, sweet and adorable and I loved how Riley took charge and went for what she wanted. I had a smile on my face while reading!!
Valerie Cole
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-voice
Kissing Ted Callahan was my first Amy Spalding novel--and I am a complete fan. Amy's characters came across real and hip and so, so funny. Can I be friends with these kids, please?

I love stories about pacts, and what made this story unique was the platonic friendship between Riley and Reid. What I found super interesting was how different their approaches were to dating. Riley ran into relationships without hesitation and with one thing on most teenage girls' minds (making out!). Reid, on the ot
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Kelly
This might be my favorite Amy Spalding book yet!

Riley and Reid are part of a band with Lucy and Nathan. When the two of them catch Lucy and Nathan getting frisky with each other, suddenly, Riley and Reid feel left out. Now, they're determined to go after their crushes and begin relationships, and they're going to keep a mutual notebook called The Passenger Manifesto to document their successes, their misses, and their thoughts about all things love-related.

Riley is HILARIOUS. She's a perfectly 1
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Jess(ToTheMoonAndBackReviews)
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love this book! It was a quick read for me but it was a fun one. Like all high school kids I wrote in a note book and passed it back and forth between my friends as we went from one class to the next so this book was one I could easily relate to,even as an adult.

Part of why I liked this book so much was the innocence in the book, even when they did the big IT, it stayed true to the characters personality and there was no details just that kinda awkward declaration that you are no longer a vi
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Jasmine
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I LOVED this book, and I cannot wait for everyone else to read it and love it too. Music and boys and kissing and friendships and dogs and also more kissing. Perfect.
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Aug 27, 2014 marked it as lost-interest-or-not-for-me
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Melanie
Jan 27, 2015 marked it as lel-no
Whelp. There goes another one. Stuff this.
Kat
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Rating: 3.5 stars

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) was a sweet book with nice friendships, character growth, and romance.

The main character, Riley, was a weird, awkward girl. She was also pretty immature--in her actions and her thoughts. Her approach in the Passenger Manifesto (the notebook she and Reid document their romantic experiences in) was pretty much to make and and "do it" with her crush--except two other guys also caught her interest. It was like she was switching between the guys
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Juhina
Feb 06, 2015 marked it as hell-no
Hell no = not going to happen = not in a million year
Why?
Because Sometimes you have to take a stand for what you believe in.
And I believe in respect
Paige  Bookdragon
Feb 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
You can have this one.Not going to read it, anyway.
Amy
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book! The characters are so adorkably awkward... and while it is written to highlight all the cool bands that kids listen to... all I could think about was all the glorious food mentioned! Good news-- the waffle place does exist! I can't wait to try it!
Leigh Collazo
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014

More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPants.

REVIEW: This was very cute and unexpected and reminded me a bit of the "gang" in Scooby-Doo. Nathan and Lucy (the dating bandmates) are so Fred and Daphne. Reid is a total Shaggy. And Riley...maybe she's Scrappy-Doo? Love interests Garrick, Ted, and Milo could be like the celebrity guest-stars. (Yeah, I watched a LOT of Scooby when I was a kid--here are some other books I compared to Scooby-Doo). #nostalgia

Anyway, I love that the characters feel like real people.
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Kathy Frank
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 4 1/2 stars!

Kissing Ted Callahan (and other guys) is as the cover would suggest super cute and swoony but my favorite thing is how real it felt.

The characters are each unique but without it being in your face how each person is different. Riley is adorably awkward when it comes to romance. She does this thing where whenever she's talking with Ted Callahan she can't help but talk overly loud. I love reading about a heroine who is awkward at flirting and dating because that is totall
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Rose
Initial reaction: You know how I said in one of my status updates that this was a less good version of E. Lockhart's Ruby Oliver series?

Turns out I wasn't too far off from that assessment. Except I'd say that this failed miserably with the humor and handling of very similar issues.

Full review:

I struggled through the progression of this book with probably a few moments where I thought the humor worked, but ultimately, this book was just a miss for what I got out of the experience. Ultimately the
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Kelly
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this book and didn't hate it but wasn't terribly impressed either. There were a few things that I found annoying and unrealistic, but I'm not going to waste my time going into detail because I don't feel that this author is worth that much of my time.

Here are my thoughts in a nutshell: unimpressive book and tacky behavior by the author (Google "Goodreads YA BINGO Amy Spalding" to see what I'm talking about). Why should readers respect a writer if she implies that the majority of readers
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Josie
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! Really loved this one...really every page of it! I laughed, I giggled, I empathized...more review to come closer to release date but yes, you need a book like this in your life. Trust me. :-)
Tabitha
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this in one day. The beginning was a little slow but the plot picked up quickly.
Tiffany Schmidt
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest YA novels I have ever read. Woke St.Matt up several times b/c I was reading in bed and couldn't stop laughing—loudly!

I cannot wait until this book is released and I can get my hands on a hardcover copy!
Heather
Oct 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm afraid this one is not for me. I love contemporary YA but I detest censorship in any form. Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding just plain RUBS ME THE WRONG WAY. 1 star
Alyssa
Mar 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding
Publisher: Poppy
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Rating: 1 star
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band.

After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance mis
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Jen Ryland
Feb 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
There are things in life -- like good books and good friends -- that are worth my time. This book did not turn out to be one of them.

I was interested in reading it, then completely lost interest after reading early reviews.

But then I did decide to read the book, and here's my take:

First off, I don't like the cover. It's one of those covers I'd be embarrassed to be seen carrying around. It's juvenile trying to look old. I don't solely judge books by their covers, but since my problems with the co
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Julie Salinas
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This book made me laugh, and cringe at the same time. Amy Spalding brings back the awkwardness of first crush and insecurities and more awkwardness. Riley and Reid, best friends from like forever, decide that they need to make a concerted effort to make a romantic relationships happen for each of them. It is hard to know who is more awkward, for the boys or the girls. As a parent, I would discus this book after with my younger teen. I received this book from goodreads in exchange for an honest r ...more
Sassy Susan
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book. I'm a fan of this genre and Amy Spalding is one of the best. This book made me think about my high school days. (I used to kiss all the boys (except for boys with lice or from unworthy families))


Amy is a clever writer and if you're uncomfortable with great writing, then you might want to look elsewhere. But not me. This is my jam. My ham and my jam. Listen, I'm a fancy person, and I'm a lady, so my taste tends to run towards things that are well written.

So a toast to Amy Spa
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Tracy
Feb 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
nope
Raquel
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When Riley and Reid find their bandmates mid-hookup, they're forced to take a look at their own love lives and so they come up with a pact: they'll make something happen with their respective crushes and take note of what happens in what they call the Passenger Manifest. While Riley's always had her eyes set on Ted Callahan, she finds that cute guys are everywh
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SincerelyMC
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
DNF. Just not my kind of book.
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Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

By day, she manages the digital media team for an indie film advertising agency. By later day and night, Amy
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