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The Things You Kiss Goodbye

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,355 ratings  ·  311 reviews
Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him.

But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't think I would like this book so much. In April I decided that it was finally time to clear out my ARC folder, so I randomly picked my next read. The Things You Kiss Goodbye sounded interesting, I thought the cover was cute and I opened it just to glance at first page. Before I knew it, clock showed two in the morning and I was still reading.

What happens when... your family has Greek origins, you start dating basketball player, your best friend moves away and you meet an older guy? All
Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 2.5

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

One thing I did learn from this book was that making your readers feel intense emotions isn't always going to help them like a book, because while I definitely felt the intensity of the emotions the author tried to convey, I never fell in love with it. There were certain scenes that really got to me but never really changed how I felt about it. I must say, though, while I didn’t enjoy The Things You Kiss Goodbye very much,
Jen Ryland
Just a heads-up that this story is pretty bleak.

Fifteen year-old Bettina loves dance and steampunk and wishes her Greek parents weren't so strict -- she's not allowed to date until she's sixteen. When hunky basketball star Brady Cullen (yep!) shows interest in Bettina, she's flattered and begins to plot ways be with him.

All that sounds like the set-up for a romantic, love-against-the-odds YA contemporary, but yikes, did this story get dark. If you don't want to know more than that, don't read o
3 stars

I'm going to be upfront with you guys and let you know that I did not have particularly high expectations for this book. I actually traded for this ARC with Mel because she had no interest in reading it, and I thought, why not. I thought it would be an easy-to-read, easily digestible romance. Probably corny. The synopsis was majorly focused on a love triangle, so I thought there would be some melodrama... but this book surprised me in the best way.

The Things You Kiss Goodbye is not a part
Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
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I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher HarperCollins (Katherine Tegen Books) for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

2.5 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). My preconceived notions about my feelings on the plot/outcome of this book could not have turned out more different than what happened with The Things You Kiss Good
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can not even with this book. I'm totally gutted! I have not ugly cried at a book like this for quite some time. If you want a powerfully emotional book to read, pick this one up.

A little background, I found this book in my library's display for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. So, be prepared for that aspect of the book. I think it's very important for teens to learn the warning signs of an abusive personality. I think there is a great value in teaching our kids that love should not hurt,
Although it has its shining moments, The Things You Kiss Goodbye is just as soapy as its title suggests. This, of course, will either mean really good things for your reading experience with it, or really bad things. It meant neither particularly for me, but I do think if would have enjoyed this more had it not relied on some clichés from soap operas revolving around abuse. Also, compared to the several dark contemporary romances I've read recently, The Things You Kiss Goodbye lacked for me genu ...more
My Summary: Bettina has grown up in a strict Greek household where her father's word is law and nothing is permitted unless he says it is. Forced to give up dance and with no friends in sight, Bettina turns to her art and Brady Cullen - a boy who seems like everything she's ever wanted and more.

But a few months into the relationship, Bettina begins to notice a change. Gone is the sweet, gentle boy she fell in love with, and in his place is an impatient and abusive boy whose idea of a joke is pul
Gabi Coatsworth
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a book that lingers in the mind. The protagonist, Bettina, is only 16, but the problems she faces are those that can happen to any woman at any age. This book captures this young woman's voice perfectly, as well as her lack of experience, which has her putting up with more subtle abuse than we want her to. I think most women can relate to being pressured when young to have sex before one wants to, yet not knowing how to prevent it from happening. Just saying 'no' doesn't always hack it, ...more
We were told that this is not the saccharine type. Upon knowing, I felt it was necessary to toss away the possible cutesy stuff and expect something…serious? But it wasn’t all that intense. Sure, there was that last part where I wasn’t expecting. Shocking? Not really but it did surprise me. How this book illustrated how the protagonist said goodbye to this man, to this boy, and to her past. It was something...almost profound?

Ignore the vibrant blue cover and don’t focus on the word ‘kiss,’ as I
Jul 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
My thoughts…

Another review from a blogger friend I enjoyed reading: The Lifelong Bookworm

The problem I had with the book

No real plot
It was frustrating not really uplifting
The angst and emotional content weren’t at all effective
Horrible ending
Plot twist did not end well for me
Writing wasn’t special
Speed was too slow; resulted to many readers DNFing the book

Honestly, I don’t know what else to think of when you voice out “The things you kiss goodbye.” This is a really depressing and fru
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Bettina is happy with her boyfriend Brady, until he starts raping her and beating her up.
After one such attack Bettina meets a man who has an auto repair shop, a man she calls ‘Cowboy’, and she comes to rely on him for support when Brady is bothering her.
Does Bettina really deserve to be treated that way Brady treats her? And can Cowboy help her to understand th
Mar 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Oh this book was so awful. I don't even give it a one... I give it a 0.1... And i don't even know if that should be what it gets. It was painful trying to keep reading. I didn't understand the way anyone acted. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 26, 2014 added it
Shelves: young-adult
I'm going to go ahead and not rate this one. There's not exactly a (view spoiler)

Anyway, this was very well written, and it completely sucked me in, but this was not my kind of book. I kind of wish I hadn't read it, but when you are so completely taken in by the story and characters it can't be a bad book!

This is probably a 4 star read for quality, but I can't 4-star it when I'm really unhappy with the book and depressed by it.

Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a well written book. It brought you teen love, dating violence, first 'true' love, loss of a loved one, and family drama. The story opens your eyes to the difference of summer love and love during the school year. They are two different things in the sense that the surrounding audience is different. When faced with dating violence, it is hard for young people to end things as they will continue to see the other person in school. When you do find your true love, it just feels right even ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-digital, ya
Guys? This one made me cry. As much as I wanted to kick Bettina in the butt to make her wake up and realize what an ass she was letting hurt her, I still kinda loved her. So watching her in the last ten chapters or so broke my heart. Everyone needs a Cowboy in their lives, someone who makes them feel valued and loved. And if they gain some friends along the way like Bettina did, all the better. Now I'm going to go and write a long thing about all the crap this book made me realize about myself. ...more
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Beautiful & heartbreaking. Loved the family dynamics here.

Full review to come.
Princess Biel
i think this is a beautiful story
Kat L
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: october14
It is about loss and pain. And love. And I loved it. I hurt with them. I ached. I lost. I smiled.
3.50 STARS

I'm not really sure how to rate this book. Everything about this book were realistic but that plot twist just came out of nowhere. I'm honestly upset and sad about what happened but I also think it was forced to make the book look "heartbreaking" enough.

The first time I read the blurb for The Things You Kiss Goodbye, I thought it had potential. I immediately held unto this book while I was strolling to a book fair. The beginning was actually pretty good. The pace of the story just we
Christy (TheReaderBee)

I’ve had The Things You Kiss Goodbye on my list of books to review for a while now. I have really mixed emotions now that I’ve finished the book. I both loved the novel, and found it insanely frustrating as well. I went into the book rather blindly, even though I had read the synopsis, I was expecting a love story of sorts, but what I got instead was a story that was much darker instead.

When basketball star Brady Cullen asks Bettina out, she can hardly believe her luck, especially since her sup
Drew Greene
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as I expected but had some good messages.
Laura Gardner
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the audio. I will never be ok w a 26 year old dating a 16 year old, it I ended up liking this one more than I thought I would.
Miranda N.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was very good and definitely worth the read. The characters were developed nicely and I like what they contributed to the story. Bettina was naive and that helped push the story forward along with Brady Cullen's aggressive and abusiveness. Cowboy was my favorite character in this novel. He was caring and sweet when Bettina needed him the most. He had a giant heart and I loved reading about him. My favorite event was when Bettina and Cowboy went to the mountain to watch the sunset. It w ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
my can't take this ;( ...more
Erin L
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I would give this book a 2.5-3 stars. I thought it had potential, but I almost gave up on it. I like romance books and have read many and I don't think this book was nearly as good as others that i have read. This book lacked charter development and and a clear plot/setting. ...more
Amber (Books of Amber)
Originally posted on Books of Amber

The Things You Kiss Goodbye is a book that I was very much looking forward to. It’s one of those books that everyone was freaking out about before its release, but then for some reason, as the release date rolled closer and eventually passed, there was radio silence. I read it back in July after staying away from reviews, and I must say that I was not impressed at all.

Going into the book, I didn’t know that it was about abusive relationships. It’s my own fault
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
"The bad stuff goes away when I'm around you."

I'm going to write some specific things that I noticed about this book and that, maybe, are relevant for other readers:
- the writer touches the subject of 'abuse' between two people in a relationship and between two people with a family bound. It's something that happens in real life and it's not an easy subject to write about.
- the dramatic ending. Well, I can say that I didn't see that coming. It was a shocking twist. First I thought, yeahhhhh f
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My life began suddenly (you can even ask my mother) in an antique farmhouse outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I was born right on the family room floor ~ no time to get to the hospital! I swear, I’ve been in a hurry ever since.

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