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First Kiss (Then Tell): A Collection of True Lip-Locked Moments

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Was it magical, momentous, and completely earth-shattering? Or was it sloppy and self-conscious? Cecil Castellucci realizes that bad boys can be good kissers. Lisa Papademetriou relives being a Texas girl at a Vermont summer camp-and one momentous night in the woods. Amy Kim Ganter draws her first kiss with her future husband in full comic-book form. And those are just a f ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published December 1st 2007)
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To find out whether or not this book is right for you, I've devised a simple test: just read the cover and the synopsis. Does the premise look interesting to you? If so, you'll probably like this book. Are you a fan of any of the authors listed on the cover? If so, you may or may not like this book, but you might as well read it anyway.

If you're not a fan of any of the authors, however, and the book doesn't look good, don't bother reading it. This is not a book that rises above its premise, or e
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Author Cylin Busby has brought together some of young adult's funniest and most talented authors to reminisce about their real-life first kisses (or the second, or the third, or the twenty-fifth). In a collection that ranges from funny to bittersweet, from cringe-worthy to downright disgusting, this is one anthology that is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud.

A slimy first kiss that wasn't even wanted, the breathless anticipation of a first kiss that never
Apr 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
With a title like that, I knew I'd be horrified by the actual stories. And I was. Let me give you a glimpse into this collection: In her bio, the editor "claims she had her first kiss at age 14 (but in reality it was dangerously close to her 15th birthday)". Dangerously close? As though a bomb was about to go off but she saved the day by locking lips with a guy just in the nick of time. Barf.

And speaking of guys, almost all of the stories featured hetero kisses. Only 2 stories had gay boys and n
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
His name was Mike. I was old-- 15 and 3/4, and dreading turning sweet-sixteen-and-never-been-kissed. I agreed to play spin the bottle, hoping no one would be able to guess at my inexperience. I almost instantly regretted not holding out for someone I truly and genuinely liked.

Popular authors for teens reveal the stories of their first kisses - first kiss ever, first kiss with a new person, first LAST kiss at the end of a relationship...the memoirs, by the likes of Jon Scieszka, David Levithan, C
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult-lit
I just LOVED these stories. They were funny and cute, but sometimes just downright awkward or gross. It just was fun to relive funny memories of first kisses (and be glad I am not there anymore!). The book is a compilation of authors writing a small story of a first kiss, or even a last first kiss (that one was sad). I think that really any girl would love this book, its just the cutest.

Warning: I have to add this..or someone will be mad at me. Well almost all of the kisses, with the exception
Eliza Brittni
Nov 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: girls
Recommended to Eliza Brittni by: my friend Chelsea
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Jan 29, 2009 rated it liked it
this book was so cute! my favorite was especially scott westerfeld's who decided to do a haiku:

halfway to Bio
my tongue tip glides the metal
just behind your lips

HILARIOUS! for a man wrote writes some good kissing in books, he had so little to say of his own first experience. some of the first time kissing accounts were mortifying and made me wonder how they werent traumatized for life. then some were really sweet, and some heartbreaking. made me reminiscent of mine...

A Haiku:
*clears throat*

Hard t
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, readit
There's pretty much something for everyone, whether your first kiss was recent, hasn't happened, or it's been more than a decade. Some stories play on your emotions, some gross you out,and some would probably inspire fears I never would have thought of on my own.
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love nerds. I love all these authors. I love reading kisses. I love random facts. I love this book.
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Super cute short stories of first kisses. Fun read!
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: silly-awesome
Justine's was the grossest, Scott's was the funniest, but I loved David's best!
Feb 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book has to be one of the funniest books I've ever read. Even if you're not into the whole romance thing, this book is something I'd recommend reading!
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty cute. It’s not my favorite thing I’ve ever read or anything, but it was just cute and fun and the perfect thing to read on Valentine’s Day. I think my favorite thing about this book was how each author had such a different perspective on how to answer the question of their first kiss. I mean there were stories and poems and comics and other stuff but more than that, their answers were so different. Some wrote about their actual first kiss, some wrote about their first kiss t ...more
Sisi Nzambi
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fist kiss(Then tell)is a collection of true lip-locked moments. It's a shor book of 212 pages, the book is edited by Cylin Busby. The book has 25 authors for teens telling the story of their first kiss. Some stories might make you cry, authers will make you laught. The stories are funny and cute, but sometimes it's awkward or gross. It just fun to relive funny memories of first kisses. I like and enjoyed read Fist Kiss(Then Tell) because I think one of the most interesting things about this boo ...more
Victoria Frias
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
First kiss
The book first kiss is about many different kisses good ones,bad ones,sloppy ones,scary ones,hurtful ones, and the number one kiss the one that makes u tingle from head to toe. the book first kiss has 23 different stories and all different authors. my favorite one is about a boy and a girl. the girls name is Jessica and boys name is Jacob.the girl secretly likes the boy they never talk or make eye contact but one day after school the girl hears her door bell ring and she runs down sta
Jan 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-reads, nonfiction
Rating: C-

Review: This is your typical short story collection. Some good, some bad, some redundant.

My favorites were:
-"Bad Reputation," by Cecil Castellucci (with implications regarding the influence of friends on the kissing dynamics);
-"Yeah, I Know," by Jon Scieszka (a down-to-earth guy's perspective that tells it like it is... smelling rubberbands?); and
-The she said/he said, "Our First Kiss (with each other)" by Shannon and Dean Hale.

There were two other good stories, but (because they were
Jul 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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* Reading level: Young Adult
* Paperback: 224 pages
* Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books [December 26, 2007]
* ISBN-13: 978-1599902418

Usually I feel that short story collections are not very popular with young adults, due to the use of short stories as a teaching medium in English classes. However, First Kiss (Then Tell): A Collection of True Lip-Locked Moments is an innovative anthology that breaks down barriers. Along with short stories, it also has p
Jun 20, 2008 rated it liked it
A collection of true first kiss stories.

The idea of this book was very intriguing to me, I found it equally interesting that famous authors wouldn't mind sharing their personal experiences with the masses. Being the nosy person that I am, I was totally for hearing their stories. This book had a wide range of stories, some were grotesque, disgusting, sweet, pathetic, weird, sloppy, and all were unforgettable. I liked most of the stories, I thought that they portrayed reality instead of the fantas
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It was all about some of the authors that had their 1st kiss.

Mary Coliet
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A cute collection. I picked this up after reading the author's memoir, and the introduction to this short story collection was really a nice little "PS" to her memoir. At least we know she did turn out okay in her teenage years after all! (The memoir THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED doesn't tell you how they end up).
This is for young girls (or boys) and I find it so sad that so many homophobes have come here to review this sweet, innocent collection (there is nothing even PG-13 rated in here!) But I gue
Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I picked “First Kiss Then Tell” at the bookstore with my friend. I read the blurb and I instantly wanted to read it. It’s filled with a bunch of stories about kisses. It is funny, cute, and interesting. My favorite story was the second one it was so funny. It was about this girl who says she’s going to tell the story about her second kiss but ends up telling about her first kiss, which was offal. There are quotes and advice, poetry, also some comics so you get a mix of different styles of writin ...more
Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
I read this book because Shannon Hale (a young adult author I really like--who is LDS and shares my birthday) has a small story in here where she and her husband share their first kiss.

The book was kind of strange because really, do I want or even need to know the personal experiences of people I don't even know? How voyeristic is that? I felt a little odd about reading some of the stories (especially the homosexual first kisses--particularly the homosexual who loves all first kisses because of
Tami Daniel
Apr 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 21-30
I thought that this book was funny but lacking in plot. There were too many author inputs.What's facinateing about this book is that ther authors are well known, for example there are writers such as: Scott Westerfield,David Leviathan, and Amy Ganter. I do warn that there are some scenes that may seem inapropiate. I would recommend this book to young teens who experience anxiety for their first kiss.

This book is a collection of stories of author's experiences with their first or second kiss. Som
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 13-, 14- and 15-year-olds
Shelves: young-adult
I borrowed this from one of the writers who was part of it. At first, admittedly, I thought the idea was hokey--who would want to buy a book with just quick true stories about kissing? But considering that I want to write books for teenagers, this was actually a very helpful read! It was cool to read about motivations especially--whether they wanted to kiss their one true love or just really wanted to get a first kiss over with to say they'd been kissed. Plus, I never read this kind of stuff as ...more
Jun 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, non-fiction
First kisses are mysterious to the young and romanticized by many. In the hands of YA authors like Scott Westerfield and Shannon Hale this book does a wonderful and varied job of shining a proverbial literary flashlight into the dark corners of the first kiss by having these master story tellers write about their first kiss.

An incredibly short and fast read; I loved it. There were times I was laughing, smiling, and even gagging. A terrific idea that will sure to captivate all 7th grade readers,
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
A bunch of authors' memories of their first kiss(es)... I didn't really identify with any of them SINCE THEY WERE ALL LIKE THIRTEEN. I don't know if I'm just weird, but I don't remember anybody really talking about kissing in middle school in my group of friends. All four of us. Okay, maybe I'm not the target audience. But I can at least weigh in that some of the stuff between stories was suuuuuuuuuuuuper lame advice. Did that sound like a thirteen year old?
The book was bettter than I thought it was going to be. The stories are short - as in some are 3 pages long! They are the true stories of YA authors' first kisses. As a fun twist, there are kissing facts and trivia found throughout the book. Quotes from celebrities are also placed here and there. Some of the authors sharing their stories include: Deb Caletti, Cecil Castellucci, Lauren Myracle, Jon Scieszka, and Scott Westerfeld. 21 in all!
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this on valentines day. what a sucker. i enjoyed this from a voyeuristic standpoint, particularly reading about shannon and dean hale's first kiss. in between diary-like stories of first kisses, the editor compiled kissing advice/trivia for young readers. i strongly dislike that aspect of the book.
May 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Overall it was fairly entertaining. Definitely a one hour sort of read because some of the stories are as sort as a Haiku (Scott Westerfield). My favorite by far, and the whole reason I read the book, was Shannon and Dean Hale's story. Really cute and funny. Makes me think of Star Wars in a whole different way! ;)
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
I read this book because an author I enjoy wrote a story in it. First off, I thought he wrote more than just one. And his story was co-written and happened to be a graphic novel. Did I mention I dislike graphic novels. I deemed this book two stars only because I let out a chuckle here and there. Would I recommend it? Maybe to a tweenie.
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Cylin Busby is the author of several teen books and numerous articles as well as the acclaimed young adult memoir, THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED,which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Cybils Award winner.
Her latest novel, THE NINE LIVES OF JACOB TIBBS, has earned starred reviews and was an Amazon Best Book of the Month. The former Senior Editor of T
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