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Zzz Ten Command for Kissing Gloria

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Between friends, lip gloss, boys, homework, pimples, fashion, and gossip, 14-year-old Gloria Jean has a lot to keep up with as an eighth grader--especially when Sex Ed and Confirmation classes are thrown into the mix. But one thing is particularly weighing on her mind: her first kiss. As if all of this isn't enough to deal with, Gloria Jean gets diagnosed with Celiac disea ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Pauline Books & Media (first published December 18th 2013)
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Leslea Wahl
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This middle-grade novel is about a girl named Gloria Jean who is obsessed with thoughts of kissing a boy. She doesn’t have a specific boy in mind but really is curious and wants to experience her first kiss. She comes up with rules and questions about how this moment might happen and what to do if it does happen. At the same time her public-school class is covering sex education, she also is attending Confirmation classes at church. On top of it all, she has just learned she has celiac disease a ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The narrative in this novel deftly placed me inside the head of a 14-year-old Catholic girl wishing for her first kiss. Her illness complicates matters for her, but like the rest of us, something almost always does. My county library system had a copy of this book, which was a nice surprise.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not a teen, so I'm not the target audience. From an adult point of view the boy choices seemed simple. The bad boy, the lukewarm church boy and faithful church boy. There is a finding yourself in God theme, so the book is not about just choosing the right boy. I agree with context. I did, though, have to stop bringing up adult questions in my head and expecting a discussion. Such as, even faithful church people aren't as compatible for each other as they are on paper. Also, while the finding ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book for middle school girls! I am a rather liberal Catholic, so I was worried that it might be too ‘preachy’ but I really liked it and would recommend it to my students
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I read The Ten Commandments for Kissing Gloria Jean over the summer and didn’t like it. Like, at all. A couple days ago, I decided to reread it, and it was definitely better this time. Not perfect, but not totally hideous either.

This is not a very long book. It took me maybe an hour and a half to read, two hours max, and while not very gripping, was reasonably fast-paced. That’s a good description of this book: not excellent, but not awful either. Somewhere plop in th
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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On the one hand, this is a unique book in the YA fiction I've read to date. It's distinctly Catholic (without being too overbearing) and it has a voice that is all its own. In fact, I was a bit put off by that voice. I'm definitely not the target reading audience here, so I forgive the book its voice. Though none of the teens I work with have a voice like this, I don't see them in their native habitat. I see them in Confirmation classes, at family gatherings, outside of school. So let's say I li ...more
Jen Steed
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed this book. It deals a lot with celiac disease & kissing/boys/dating in Junior high. Some people didn't like the tone or voice of the book, but I would have loved a book like this in junior high. I was reading books way over my understanding & age and NOTHING Catholic. I remember feeling exactly like the main character was without the good Catholic influence.

I would probably consider it appropriate for grades 6-8 depending on where your daughter is as far as expo
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for anyone to read. The storyline keeps you intent on finding out what happens next and is full of surprises and good humor. The narration from a young teenager's perspective is very realistic because it touches on many common facets of teenage life, such as relationships, school, and parental upbringing, and the struggles and joys of each. It also connects the dots between faith and life in general and shows how important it is to get to know people beyond the surface. Defi ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet book about a young Catholic teen encountering typical middle school experiences as well as finding out she has celiac disease and incorporating that into her identity and faith. The author dos a good job of writing her thoughts and experiences consistent with a middle schooler. The end was a little too neat but overall it was very sweet and well written.
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked the character and the voice in this book, but I felt that both the Theology of the Body and the celiac-disease issue were kind of overdone. It felt like the reader was being lectured sometimes. Also, there seemed to be a bit of snark on the author's part toward more-contemporary liturgy and liturgical music. ...more
Tammy Downing
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from Goodreads Giveaways. This was a very enjoyable book about a young Catholic girl who is struggling with her desire to be kissed and her desire to be a good girl.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
It is a Catholic YA novel aimed at the middle school crowd. I have mixed feelings about it.
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