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17 First Kisses

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,903 ratings  ·  304 reviews
No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment.

Until Claire meets Luke.

But Megan is f
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"If you were the one dating him and she was the one who couldn’t stop thinking about him, you’d want her to stay away, right?”
I wince. “Yeah. Yeah, I would.” But Luke and I are supposed to be together, I want to say. So it’s different. Isn’t it?
According to this book: boys >>>>>>> friendship.

There's a stupid 60s song by the Supremes whose lyrics I think goes together perfectly with this book.
Nothing you can say can tear me away from my guy
Nothing you can do 'cause I'm stuck like glue to m
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Courtney Summers and basically everyone else in the world, forever and always
This book is such an underrated, amazing little gem, you guys. And such a surprise, too: I went into this expecting a cute romance, and what I got instead was something so much more than that. It has its cute moments, but, as opposed to the romance, the main focuses in 17 First Kisses are friendship and family (despite what the title may lead you to believe). With it, Rachael Allen takes contemporary romance tropes and puts an innovative spin on them, providing readers with something fantastic, ...more
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

*This review might contain some spoilers--for the sake of ranting, of course.

Okay, we have another case of a highly misleading synopsis! Not in a particularly good or bad way, per se, but in a really confusing way. So, if you'll base your want to read this one on the synopsis, let me warn you: read between the lines.

That aside, I can say that I wasn't a fan of this novel. The story is narrated by Claire. Again, based on the synopsis, I assumed she was a really sweet, possibly naive, and cari
Emery Lord
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My favorite thing about this book was that it has all the pleasures of a contemporary YA rom-com, while managing to play with tropes of the genre. 17FK takes the stereotypical Popular Girl clique (and especially the Queen Bee Cheerleader) and makes them all 3-dimensional, which was so refreshing. None of them are perfect, and their friendships aren't perfect, either. It reminded me of this picture I saw on Humans of New York, of two beautiful young women. The quote with the photo was of one sayi ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Review by: Amanda at Of Spectacles and Books

Why I Chose this Book:
I have come to the realization that I snub my nose at chick-lit too much. I know that I should be a well-rounded reader, and I chose this month to read at least 2-3 contemporary novels. This was a freebee I got on Edelweiss, so I decided to give it a shot. And dear God, I wish I hadn’t. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of m
This was such a pleasant surprise of a book. It's not that 17 FIRST KISSES is a misnomer of a title; it isn't. In fact, I love the way the stories of the kisses are scattered as vignettes throughout the book. But this is really a book about family and friendship, and looking at the things that really define your life. It's not at all a neat-and-tidy book, and I have so much love for books that acknowledge that there are sexual options between kissing and sex, because, uh, there are? Definitely a ...more
Jenni Arndt
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-ebook
The fact that I even read 17 First Kisses at all is a testament to what book bloggers can accomplish. I had written this one off and didn’t think it was going to be for me at all until I saw Blythe’s (Find Bliss In Books) review. As soon as I saw that she recommended it for fans of Courtney Summers I knew that it was going to be so much more than the blurb let on. And it was, this one has become close to, if not my favourite contemporary read of 2014 so far.

What I loved so much about this book i
Lisa Maxwell
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books, ya
I love that a book with kisses in the title is actually a story about the complexity of the friendships between girls--how they grow and develop and change and, sometimes, break. CJ/Claire is such a sympathetic character. I doubt any reader wouldn't find her compelling and beautifully written. None of these girls is a cliche, but the book deals with everything from self-doubt, to consent, to slut-shaming, all in a subtle way that makes the issues come alive without it being a heavy-handed issue ...more
catherine ♡
Jun 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was chock full of cliches (and not the good kind): cliques, cheating, unnecessary drama, high school name it.

The characters were honestly all unlikeable, and I felt like no one was really developed.

The plot was unfortunately predictable, and overall there were so many girl fights and slut-shaming. I'd rather not.

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

Rating: Surprisingly delightful, though flawed

I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. Contemporary, for me, is very hit or miss, but the common denominator in all my favorite contemps is definitely voice. And that was the element in 17 First Kisses that really, truly earned my love: the fact that Claire's voice is funny and touching as all hell. While this was by no means a perfect read for me,  the likes definitely outweighed the dislikes, a
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
17 First Kisses is why I enjoy YA literature so much - it's a story that appears to be a typical cute YA romance at first, but ends up being so much more.

Debut author Rachael Allen introduces us to Claire and Megan: two best friends who have each gone through their share of romances, without finding the right boyfriend, even though it always feels like Megan wins out in the end. However, they both end up falling for the same guy this time around, and that's when things get complicated…

I've read
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
4.5 stars.

17 First Kisses was completely not on my radar, until it showed up in a package from HarperCollins, along with something I’d actually requested. I often side-eye these accompanying books, but I am so glad that Allen’s debut novel showed up on my doorstep. I was charmed right from the get go by the setting and the real high school-ness of it. Allen tackles a lot of deep subjects in her debut: family, grief, sex, friendship. Despite that, the novel still is a pleasant read, rather than
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book and like others have said, this is a book less about romance and kissing, than it is about friendship, family, and the tiny perfect moments that make being a teenager so intense. This book is authentic and warm and just an all around fun read.

Highly recommended for those who love fast reads about forever friendships and accepting each other, no matter what.
Michelle Krys
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Adorable, heart-warming, and contains probably the #1 funniest line of dialogue I've ever encountered. Recommend! ...more
An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes. This does not affect my review or my opinion for that matter in any way.

17 Last Disses

This is a story of a book with a highly misleading synopsis of a girl who really, REALLY likes to kiss a bunch of guys.

Dis #1 - Here we are, yet again, with an annoying heroine who gets bundled up with peer pressure coming from her group of friends. This time, her name is Claire (but most people call her CJ) who plays soccer for school.

Dis #2 - Claire h
"Finding a guy to kiss in this town is next to impossible."

DNF at page 30.

Excuse me, while I roll my eyes at the first sentence alone...
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"First of all, I have to find a guy who isn't secretly pining over Megan McQueen, the most popular girl in school and my best friend. And second of all, I live in Pine Bluff. Which would be find if I wanted to kiss guys who chew tobacco and wear flannel. But I don't."

Okay, I know I probably should have given this book a couple of more chapters bu
My thanks to HarperTeen for this galley.

This book was more than what I had expected. At first I thought it was going to be another mushy, gooey teenage romance. Well, it still had all the mushiness, but on the level that I was okay with. However, there were also a lot more going on.
It was a wonderful debut!

I thought the plot was absolutely well-developed. It moved from something oh-so-casual as Claire trying to find a decent boyfriend as having kissed 13 guys before, and most of the time, it did
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc
This review and more awesomeness are also over at YA Midnight Reads

17 First Kisses is an interesting book. The thing is, your enjoyment of this novel almost entirely hinges on the way you interpret this. You can either see this as petty, pointless drama or an in-depth examination of a friendship. Personally, I saw this book as the latter, but I know plenty of people who think it’s the former.

17 First Kisses is told in “the present” and flashbacks to all of Claire’s kisses. In the present, Claire
Jaime Arkin
The title, 17 First Kisses may lead you to think that this is a fluffy contemporary YA novel… and it is that, but it’s absolutely so much more as well. It’s about friendship and family and it tackles a few topics I was surprised to see included.

Claire and Megan are best friends living in a small town. Claire is convinced she’s never going to find that one person she wants to date, and of course kiss until she meets Luke, the new kid. Everyone seems to fall for the amazing Megan before they can
Debbie Narh

2.5 Stars

Going into this novel, I was under the impression that all this book cares about is romance and boys and stuff. I mean, we are told about her first kisses after every chapter and everyone seems to be tripping over this guy, Luke. Anyway, I didn't hate this book. However the characters are pretty flimsy and I found myself rolling my eyes whenever the girls get into fights but I didn't dislike it as much as I thought I would have.

I hated how shallow and boy crazy the main character is
Jan 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen
Extremely clever marketing ploy name dropping Sarah Dessen in the book synopsis. It totally sucked me in, but I would have to disagree that this book is anything like something Dessen would write. I would really hope teen girls will not be as easily fooled as I was because there are several reasons why I came close to just walking away from this story. Here are a few examples of horrible life lessons this book will teach young teens:
1. You CAN become popular overnight.
2. It's no big deal to forg
Oct 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Uggh why did I even bother with this..I should have just dropped it but apparently I like to torture myself by reading silly stories. T_T

All the characters are messed depth and no character development.

The only characters I found okay were Sam and Amberly.
Everybody else deserves to be run over by a bus. Seriously all these characters think about is kissing or sleeping with a guy.
Can't they just stop thinking about sucking each other's faces off and just have a decent conversation. It'
Brandi Kosiner
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this one because I wanted to know what the tragedy with her family as well as find the dirt on the 17 kisses as well as her current crush.

I immediately felt for Claire. I was always the girl that had a hard time with boys, especially at first. She had a great narrative voice and it was so easy to read from her perspective and laugh with her, worry about her mom with her, and reminisce about those kisses and how they went wrong.

It was such a shame that the new guy to school,
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Claire has kissed 13 boys, which she thinks is fine, but doesn’t stop the other girls at school calling her a slut.
When new boy Luke starts at school, Claire is instantly attracted to him, but so is her best friend Megan. They make a pact to both go after him, but neither are allowed to make the first move.
Who will win Luke? And is he really worth so much animos
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally found on

I'm a huge fan of contemporaries, particularly those that have a twist and give us more than is expected. 17 First Kisses was one of these titles that completely exceeded my expectations. I read the majority of it in one day which seems to be the trend with me recently. Once I started I couldn't stop because I was completely caught up in Claire's world.

There are different dimensions in this book and to adequately explain it I'm going to have to br
Aug 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
As I kept reading this book I just hated it more and more. Any time it seemed like it had a chance of redeeming itself somewhat, it went in a completely different direction than I wanted.

First of all, I kept hoping that Claire would realize what a terrible friendship she and Megan have. They're jealous, they let boys get in the way of their friendship, they punish each other, etc. This is never resolved. It's as if (view spoiler) is enough to fix all of th
Jeff Raymond
I really don't know how to describe this book in any coherent way. A number of years ago, I read and reviewed a book called The International Kissing Club , a book that seemingly existed without any real redeeming qualities. 17 First Kisses was reminiscent of that one in many ways, although it's not completely irredeemable.

The story is basically about Claire, who comes from a home that's been troubled as of late, but really just has a goal regarding boys in high school while also navigating t
Rebecca Petruck
The title suggests a teen romance, and there are boys. But this novel is also a wonderfully nuanced homage to female friendships, and what it's like to grow up with the same people in a small town who know everything you've ever done. I also found the storyline about the mother's depression and Claire's reactions to it be accurate and filled me with tension every time Claire got her hopes up. I'll be giving this to several teens because I think it will help them see that a mistake doesn't define ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten!

I may be Florida-raised, but I’m Georgia-born and bruise like some unholy fusion of a Georgia peach and a banana. Seriously, bruises just appear on me out of nowhere. Nine times out of ten, I’ve got no idea where they came from. 17 First Kisses is set in a backwoods Georgia town my mom would probably say is just like her own hometown–backwards-thinking residents and all! But 17 First Kisses still left me feeling happy somehow?

Our narrator Claire is neither
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
1.5 - 2 stars. I have to say, I really did not like this book.

To be completely honest, this book was just plain weird to me, mostly because I didn't understand the friendship between the two main girls at all. At all. The girls at first seemed to have a solid friendship, one that I actually originally thought was quite adorable that is, until you realize how messed up it is. Their relationship just didn't make any sense to me, seeing all the things Megan would do to Claire. And the way they foug
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Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA where she's working furiously on her PhD in neuroscience. When she's not doing science or writing YA, you can find her chasing after her toddler and her two sled dogs. Her debut YA novel 17 FIRST KISSES, is forthcoming from Harper Teen. Rachael may or may not have had 17 first kisses...luckily she doesn't kiss and tell.

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