Kate was Lissa's best friend. They've shared everything for four years. Then one night at a drunken party, Kate leaned in to kiss Lissa, and Lissa kissed her back. And now Kate is pretending Lissa doesn't exist. Confused and alone, Lissa's left questioning everything she thought she knew about herself, and about life. But with the help of a free-spirit new friend, Lissa's...more
Why did you do that to me?
You gave me an interesting premise, decent main characters, and pretty good chemistry between the main couple (something I find majorly lacking in most YA books, especially YA LGBT), but you failed in one of the most important areas -- your subplots sucked ass. You're like that guy going down on his girlfriend who pulls away and refuses to continue, no matter how much she begs. What's your problem?
Your MC, Lisa, isn't bad. In fact, I kind of liked her. ...more
I. Didn't. Like. It.
Kissing Kate is the story of two best friends, Kate and Lissa. One night at a party, a very tipsy Kate approaches Lissa and kisses her. (In fact there's quite a bit of kissing going on and minor touching). When Kate's boyfriend and a couple of guy ...more
Penguin Group, 2003, 198 pages, $7.99
Friendship, Homosexuality, Lesbians, Identity
One summer night at a party, Kate, a drunk 16 year old, kisses her best friend Lissa. After awkward weeks of avoiding each other Kate tries to reconnect with Lissa and pretend like nothing has happened and just be friends. Lissa tells Kate she wasn't drunk and isn't sure how she feels about Kate or herself. Kate tries to talk Lissa out of being a lesbian, but Lissa's new f ...more
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(view spoiler)[Well! That was adorable and much easier to read than probably anything else I’ve gotten through this year. It was a good portrayal of someone just discovering their sexual identity, I thought.
I did feel like the first half was just stuffed with boring filler and unimportant doings, but that may have just been me. I also felt like Lissa was TERRIBLY ANNOYING during that first half, and I found it very hard to like her or care about what happe ...more
When a book handles a dangerous,powerful, hard subject such as coming to terms with your sexuality - and accepting it - I feel as if it should be fantastic, should make me bawl or something along the same lines.
The premise was fascinating. It sounded real in a way that I can't imagine myself in, but can see other people having as a reality. The cover was pretty. And when I first met the main character, I sort of like he ...more
Now, after finishing the book, I think that those were the only two good features of this piece of fiction.
Okay, okay. That is a slight exaggeration. The story begins with a prologue (that is also repeated later in the story) that sort of tells the reader what had happened between two best friends, Lissa and Kate, at a party. Kate gets drunk and sh ...more
SUBJECT/THEMES: Homosexuality, lesbians, friendship, accepting who you are, breaking up.
SUMMARY: Kate and Lissa have been best friends for four years, doing everything together. Then one night at a party, a drunken Kate kissed Lissa, who reciprocated. After that, they ignored each other for weeks. Lissa was a wreck. She was confused over her feelings for Kate, and was struggling to understand what had happened between the two of them. W ...more
Lissa is very confused and lonely. Her best friend, Kate, after kissing her is ignoring her. And so Lissa is questioning everything she knew about herself, or didn't know. Trying to figure out who she is. And then at her work place there's this new girl whom she knew at elementary school and who at all cost wants to be her friend.
If you expect here an ordinary lesbian romance you ar ...more
Kissing Kate is a simple and sweet story. Lissa is kind of lost, without really realizing just how lost she is, because she doesn't wallow in it. She doesn't rage or become rebellious; she doesn't turn to drinking ...more
Loved the side plots that involved Ariel and Darlin. They are just great characters. Ariel reminded me of a friend I had in high school. She’s a free spiri ...more
One night at a party, Lissa's best friend leans in for a kiss and Lissa kisses her back. Now Kate is ignoring Lissa and pretending nothing happened while Lissa is angry and confused. The two friends use to mean everything to each other and one kiss is getting in the way. But Lissa knows it must mean something. As she experiments with lucid dreaming, Lissa tries to come to terms with what kissing Kate means.
I've only read a couple of things by Lauren Myracle, but I've enjoyed t ...more
It is true that there could more char ...more
While I thought this book did a good job at pulling out the different emotional aspects that Lissa is going through, I felt like it never went quite far enough or did enough. The resolution felt smudged and somewhat awkward. We'd like to think that Lissa is going to be OK, but you're left with the feeling ...more
Surprisingly, I found this book to be a bit ahead of its time for an LGBTQ+ book that was published in 2003. But then again, what do I know? I was a 5-year-old turning 6 that year, so I have no idea what the American YA landscape was like. I'm just saying, I never expected a YA novel centred around a character realising she's a lesbian to be as well-written as this was for something from the 2000's. So kudos to Lauren Myracle for that.
If this was ...more
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
Obviously, I’ve heard the buzz about Lauren Myracle, but this is actually the first of her books I’ve ever read. Maybe I should have started with her most popular and lauded book, Shine, but hype and I really aren’t friends right now. Sometimes it’s nice to start with a less well-known book by an author. Even if Kissing Kate was terrible, I wouldn’t write her off, but, if I liked it, then I could be even m ...more
Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books ...more
I blinked. I didn't know if what she said made things better or worse.”