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In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels118 of them, to be exactto dull the pain of her loss thats still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Evas grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California ...more
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Published May 26th 2015 by Harper
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Firstly, I just want to thank Penguin for sending my workplace an ARC for us booksellers to read!
I've seen a couple of negative reviews of this book on goodreads and all I can think is, Did we read the same book? I thought this book was absolutely hilarious, honest and exhilarating to read! I loved every moment of it. I knew I was going to love it because I was literally laughing out loud by page 2, and it takes A LOT for a book to make me do this. I think it's because the type of humour in
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

I loved romances because when you opened the first page, you knew the story would end well. Your heart wouldnt be broken.

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This started out okay, but then it just got silly.

The main character in this was, Im sorry, but she was a bit of an idiot. I understood that she liked this boy, but who finds a way to travel from New York to L.A. just because a boy they kissed
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
4-4.5 stars. Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit

The first thing you need to know about this book is that it is not really about kissing at all . I think there are maybe three kisses total in the book. And the cover, while adorable, does not belie what's inside.

Basically, Kissing in America is nothing like what you would expect it to be .

Sometimes that's a good thing and sometimes it's bad. For me, KiA was SO MUCH BETTER than I expected. It's a beautifully written, poignant tale of
Gillian Berry
Oct 17, 2014 marked it as to-read
*crosses fingers for Eva and Annie to be the ones kissing in America*
I really liked "Kissing in America" by Margo Rabb. A beautifully written and unpredictable YA novel about a 16 year-old girl who reads romance novels to cope with the death of her father (who perished 2 years prior in a plane crash). The protagonist, Eva, is a smart and clever young lady. I like that she was written as a complex character, and NOT in a standard, boring cliché-ridden way. She was multi-dimensional. Eva is trying to process her grief (her aloof mother is no help), and the mixed-up ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I HAVE SOME FEELINGS. First of all: I feel like this book gets a really bad rap and I don't get it at all. It's a super cute super fun contemporary and I definitely think it deserves a higher rating than it has on here. HOWEVER. I do recognize that the ending isn't quite right. It doesn't quite.. Fit. Which is why I'm taking off a star. That and the fact that it's a little insta-lovey, which y'all know I hate. But honestly those things didn't even deter me that much bc this book was super fun ...more
What she had realized was that love was that moment when your heart was about to burst.

----Stieg Larsson, a Swedish best-selling author

Margo Rabb, an American author, pens her new novel, Kissing in America that traces the journey of a 16-year old girl who takes it to find her best shot at love, which is not only finding out the pros and cons of love, but also finding out who you are and what you really want in life.


In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
At first I thought it was kinda odd that the blurb for this book was by Elizabeth Gilbert, but as I contemplated this book after finishing it, I realized just how much sense it made - this book is essentially YA Women's Fiction. I don't mean that to suggest Rabb is off with her teen voice - she isn't - but there's something so...densely internal about it, so primarily about self-discovery in a way that feels to me beyond a teen's years. The voice is right, and I'm not sure the plot of chasing a ...more
Jen Ryland
To me, Kissing in America felt like two completely different stories that didn't quite go together. I loved the opening chapters, which read to me like a quiet contemporary romance in which Eva, a reserved girl with hidden depths, falls for the charismatic Will. I really related to Eva -- to the awkwardness of her adolescent longings and her sadness over her father's sudden death two years prior. I loved this part of the story even though, as an adult reader, I could see that Will, who was ...more
Kelly Hager
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Most of the time when I read a book that I love, I devour it. I can't stop reading it; I don't want to leave the world or its characters. I don't want it to end and I want there to be sequels. Many, many sequels. Thousand page sequels.

Kissing In America is different. I savored it, reading it chapter by chapter and then taking a small break. I didn't want it to end and I knew that every page I turned made that ending so much closer. I'm sure there have been other books like this for me, but I
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I cried at the end. It was that good.

Margo Rabb has created a beautiful story about women - women who are so unbelievably strong in various ways - about finding yourself, about loss and how we cling to those that help us find our way out of the deep and dark pit of grief. This story made me laugh, it surprised me, it kept me eager to see what would happen next.

I cannot WAIT to take this to one of my students on Monday morning.

My only complaint is the title - I feel like the title belittles the
This is a beautiful book about friendship, love, and grief. It might be one of the best depictions of grief I've read, along with a really powerful takeaway for Eva, the main character.

There is romance here, but the romance ends up playing a big role in what's discovered about the importance of friendship and family. The title is sort of unfortunate, since there's so little kissing in the story and it'll be a turn off for many readers who don't want it (...and it might disappoint those who do).
A road-trip novel about friendship, first loves, family and self-discovery - what else could you ask for?

It has been two years since Eva's father died in a tragic accident. Her mother has shut down and is not willing to talk about what happened to Eva's father. To escape her reality, Eva has found romance novels - reading about the adventures of cowboys and their lovers allows Eva to forget her own problems for a while. When Eva meets Will, a popular boy from her school, she thinks that she has
Erin Lynn
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is such an adorable and DIVERSE book!

Full review to come closer to publication date.
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
4.5 stars

what a GEM. So glad I read it's excerpt in Buzz Books 2015 and gave this unassuming, beautiful book a shot. More soon:)
Kissing in America started off as a really bumpy read for me. Eva wasnt the easiest MC to connect to, but as the book progressed I certainly got to know her character that much more and understand why she did the things she did (most often the way things happened wasnt really her fault and with the way things were with her mother I could kind of understand why Eva wanted to do the things she wanted, if I was in Evas shoes, I think I very much would have felt the same way). Eva ends up falling ...more
The Bibliophagist
I was so excited to read this book. The summary sounded perfect: road trip across America, best friends, and first loves. This book has everything you want, and it did not disappoint.

When Evas "boyfriend" suddenly moves to LA a few months into their relationship, Eva and her best friend, Annie, travel by bus to go see him, although their official excuse to travel cross country is to compete in the Smartest Girl in America competition.

Within the first few chapters you get the sense that Eva is a
"Love is never easy or guaranteed. Real love is a leap, you know. As you get older you learn how hard it is, how hard everything is, how we never know if there's any ground beneath our feet, or if we'll be hurt or heartbroken. But we leap anyway. You have to take that leap."

This book tells us 2 different stories.
About a girl Eva who fell in love with a boy Will. Will and Eva shared the same grief of losing family members and I felt sorry for them. But then Will suddenly moved to LA (after their
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, proof-copy
So this certainly was not what I was expecting but I definitely enjoyed it. I was thinking it was going to be more of a romance then it was and I was pleasantly surprised with how much it wasn't. The biggest problem I had was with the main character, she just annoyed me a little bit especially at the end but other than that it was good.
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The title and cover are a touch misleading; this is about so much more than kissing in America, and will appeal to a much larger audience than a teenage romance typically would. I'm a bit surprised at how much I like this one. Full review to come, but keep an eye out for this one in May.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Not impressed. Contemporary + road trip = WIN (usually) but in this case, it was a FAIL.

Certain statements from the characters really got on my nerves and the main character was beyond silly. The guy she started 'dating' rarely saw her, he didn't answer his phone and he eventually left to California so the brilliant MC decided to leave NY and visit him. Despite claiming she read 118 romance novels in 2 years (LOL) and reading her mother's feminism related books she clearly missed He's Just Not
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am an emotional wreck right now... I am trying to find words to describe how much I have loved this story, but I cannot. All I can say is that it will surprise you in the most wonderful way possible. If you expecting and classic love-story, you'll be in for a disappointment. That being said, you should give it a go. It's still a story of love, friendship and it will make you cry, laugh, giggle... Every poem is a poem about love. Every story is a story about love, you just need to read it to ...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

Kissing in America is a story about a girl with unrealistic expectations of love, from reading too many romance novels.

Sound familiar? Eva was quite relatable, being cautious in every other area of her life but love. Shes been pining over a guy for a long time, who she develops a genuine friendship with. But when he breaks up with his popular girlfriend and kisses Eva, she believes shes in love and goes on a roadtrip across
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
I received a free copy via edelweiss for review purposes


Margo Rabb is a great writer, but Eva's infatuation with Will and love annoyed me, and what she did to Annie was unforgivable. Still, a great narrative about dealing with grief.

Eva is a hopeless romantic. No one understands why she reads romance novels featuring half naked cowboys. She does. She reads them to dull the loss of her father. When she meets Will, he's the only one who understands her grief. As soon as Eva starts to fall in
J. Greene
I think I'm too old to appreciate this book. Maybe, I never understood what it's like to be so in love with someone that I can't think. I can't be me because "me," is so lost inside of him that neither parts of us are distinguishable from the other.

I tried to put myself in the shoes of someone younger, someone who's love feels like this burning thing threatening to torch the insides with the ferocity of it.

I mean that has to be it. Because, love this book, I did not. I wouldn't go so far as
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
All the stars!

This was a fantastic book! I loved every page!

Eva and her mom had this heartbreaking relationship because of her father's death, and I could really feel their emotions colliding.

Will was such a great character, but he was so real. He had issues too and he didn't always make the best decisions.

It is a road trip, but not your typical road trip. I loved it just the same though!

I think what I loved most about this book is that it's not your typical happily ever after love story. I
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Another case of, "why couldn't the awesome best friend been the MC, instead of the whiny prat we got instead?!"
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From the Book Jacket In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels 118 of them, to be exact. Her romantic fantasies become reality when she meets Will. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head over heels for him, he picks up and moves to California. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness and, perhaps, her shot at real love Eva and her best
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, 2015
Eva's in love with a boy named Will, who, right when things start working out between them, moves across the country. Eva knows that if she can just see Will again everything will be okay, her worries about her mom remarrying, and all her unresolved issues with her dad's death won't matter so much. But how is she supposed to get all the way across the country to see him again?

First of all, I feel like the title and description, and even the cover, of this book are very misleading. It doesn't
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

Rabb's latest (after Cures for Heartbreak and a super cute mystery series) centers on a teenage girl coping with the sudden death of her father, falling hard for a cute mysterious boy at school, and getting into romance novels. When her love interest ends up in California, she convinces her best friend to enter a scholarship battle/reality show in LA so she can secretly go see him. A crazy (and pretty crazy entertaining!) road trip ensues. There's a lot
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Long bio: I'm the author of the novels Kissing in America and Cures for Heartbreak, and I've written essays, articles, book reviews, and short stories for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Slate, The Rumpus, Zoetrope: All-Story, Seventeen, Best New

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