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The ABC's of Kissing Boys

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,730 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Parker Stanhope has played soccer practically since she could walk. And now that she’s a high school junior, everything she’s worked for is finally coming together. She’s paid her dues on the field, and as an upperclassman, she’s a shoo-in for the varsity team. But that’s not what happens.

This year, Coach Hartley moved up every JV player but two—and one of those two was Pa
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Published January 13th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Cute read.

If you are looking for a cute book to read, The ABC's of Kissing Boys is a pretty good place to start. In it, you will meet Parker. She's popular, stylish, and going to be junior in high school - what could possibly go wrong for her? Well, for Parker.. her life would be in shambles if she doesn't make the girl's varsity soccer team.

So what does she do? Parker comes up with a magnificent plan to get on the team with her friends. What does this plan include? Somehow.. kissing boys? Yeah
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 12th-grade
Imagine being a junior and falling in love with a freshman. That's the situation in Tina Ferraro's latest novel, The ABC's of Kissing Boys. Parker has everything; popularity, friends, style, and now she’s a junior in high school. Sixteen is the age when you’re supposed to be having the time of your life but it's humiliating for Parker Stanhope's life to be on a downward turn. She has spent her life being a team player and yet when she begins her junior year playing junior varsity, instead of mov ...more
Jan 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Can a girl fall for the boy next door even if he's a freshman...and she's a junior? That's the question in Tina Ferraro's latest novel, The ABC's of Kissing Boys. Parker Stanhope's life is on a downward turn. She plays soccer. That's who she is. Yet when she begins her junior year playing junior varsity--again--instead of moving up with her peers to varsity, she's angry, frustrated, bitter, disappointed. Dropped by her friends and former teammates, Parker is having to redefine herself. But Parke ...more
Katie M.
Sep 22, 2009 rated it liked it
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Jul 08, 2008 rated it liked it
You know why I love reading Ferraro’s novels..? Because when I’m finished I always feel all warm and gooey inside! While I thought this novel was just too cute and fun it also has some depth. Parker not only loses her spot on the soccer field, but also personally, her spot among her “friends.” Ferraro expertly captures the essence of an ostracized teen! And I’m glad that Parker was able to experience what true friendship meant, even though it wasn’t from the people she wished it had been. What y ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Parker's life is over.

She failed to make the varsity soccer team and now her friends are drifting further and further away, until her social life is nonexistent.

But she's not taking this lying down. She's come up with a foolproof plan to regain both her spot on the soccer field and also her former BFFs.

She's going to pay the hottest guy in town to kiss her at the annual sports fair. His only condition - the kiss has to look real.

Parker's never
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down. And I liked the hero from the start--I guess I have a thing for guys named Tristan.

I will definitely read anything Tina Ferraro writes!
Hana Bilqisthi
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is fun and quick read :)
I really like it.
Even tough I did not understand the first chapter at first
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Sometimes all a girl wants is a relatively issue free fun romp with sparky repartee and a little romance. At the moment it seems like these books are few and far between. Tina Ferraro's The ABC's of Kissing Boys was exactly what I wanted - light but meaningful fun, written well with some inventive kisses thrown into the mix. What was a little different was that the guy (the kisser in question) with the kissing goods is a little left of centre for YA. He's the younger man. I know. Shocking, right ...more
Sara Shalash
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
After just reading a pretty intense read, The ABC's of Kissing is just what I needed to lighten the mood. I loved the setup of the book, the chapters were labeled in alphabetically order and had words revolving around kissing/kisses. I didn't even know some of these terms, they were really fun, like "butterfly kiss" and "caterpillar kiss". Not only did the book focus on the kissing aspect, but also the true meaning of friendships, popularity, and finding yourself. Parker losing her spot on the v ...more
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was the best of the other two Tina Ferraro books that I've read. I most defiantly know my ABC's now.
Main character Parker has been downgraded from her high school Varsity soccer team to the Junior Varsity. Devasted, Parker is determined to get her old life back by tricking her coach into putting her on the team at the sports fair when a friend of her brother demands that he'd only kiss her if she was on the Varsity.
As simply unrealistic that plan was in the beginnng I totally forgot a
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Parker Stanhope has been playing soccer for a long time. She is now a junior in high school and is on the soccer team. She had been playing on varsity and during junior year, Coach Hartley is supposed to move everyone from varsity to JV. But, this year it was not what happened. this year Coach Hartley moved everyone from the varsity team up to JV but two players. And, one of those two was Parker. Now, her friends are ignoring her and life is getting tough. So, she comes up with a plan to get Coa ...more
Jun 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-goodness
What makes this book so fun is, surprisingly, not the romance: it's the girl politics. When junior Parker Stanhope doesn't make the varsity soccer team, her so-called friends cut her loose. She devises a crazy plan to get back on the team which involves a kissing booth ... now all she needs are kissing lessons. You can see where this is going.

This book had some crazy, cringe-inducing make-out scenes, but I kept reading because Parker and her ex-friends turned out to be a bunch of scheming, jealo
T.V and Book Addict
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was sooo cute! I'll admit, at first I thought, "hmm is it gonna be one of those books that's super predictable?" but thank goodness I was wrong. It was nothing like I thought it would be and I really enjoyed it. :)
Parker is a junior who loves soccer and this year she unfortunately did not make it into varsity with the rest of her junior "friends". She and her brother Clayton have come up with the Plan that will hopefully get her back on varsity. This plan includes a hot guy called Luke
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
I'm not really sure why I bought this book, I got it in a big order I placed from Book Outlet and when I went to pick it up about 8 months later the synopsis sounded quite frankly a little ridiculous.

This book is definitely still an enjoyable, light, fluffy read but it was probably a little more "juvenile" then I normally go in for.

I also found the ending to be a little too all happily ever after, wrapped up in a nice little bow, for my tastes.

Definitely worth checking out if you enjoy light con
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
A scam to get her life back, a plan to make it look good and the moment she never saw coming.
The ABC's of Kissing Boys was a really fun read; predictable and a little to YA for me, but fun none the less.
Plus, I have a serious thing for guys named Tristan;)
Quick, cute and a very sweet read.
Reader Rabbit
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
It's the beginning of her junior year and Parker knows she's destined for great stuff. She's been playing on the Junior Varsity team and it's basically a given that she'll be headed for the Varsity team this year. That is, until it turns out that there's no space for her on the team. And her coach insists that she needs Parker where she is, the JV. With that, Parker's friends start to ditch her and publicly humiliate her based on Parker being stuck with the freshmen, leaving Parker to fend for h ...more
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
It all started when Parker Stanhope didn’t make the varsity soccer team junior year. She was one of the only two JV players to not get moved up, and Parker sees this as unbelievably unfair. Now Parker’s where she’s been for the past two years, slumming it sees with the freshmen instead of chilling with the rest of the juniors and seniors. To make matters worse, Parker’s so-called friends, all of whom got moved up to varsity, have turned against her, determined to make her life more miserable tha ...more
Oct 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Parker loses all her friends when she doesn't get moved up to varsity. Awesome friends right? So to get her friends back and to get on the varsity team, instead of staying on the JV with -gasp- freshman, she hatches this plan. This involves kissing a graduated hottie from the school to impress her soccer coach. Somehow, Parker enlists the help of her younger neighbor, Tristan, who's dad is in some big dramatic fight with Parker's dad. Tristan is going to teach her how to kiss.

Parker plans for th
Princess Bookie
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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My Thoughts: We are introduced to Parker who loves soccer and revolves her life around soccer. She is upset she doesn't make varsity so she hatches a plan to get kissed at the kissing booth by last years most hottest popular guy who is now in college. He is also her brother's best friend. Yes, they both are in on it. We are than introduced to Tristan. He is Parker's next door neighbor and is two years younger gradewise than Parker. He's been to camp and knows how to kiss so he
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
The ABC's of Kissing Boys is a cute book worth of multiple squeals! It's a great mixture of flirting, romance, and learning who you really are.

Parker's "faux-mance" with the younger Tristian stars innocently enough. He knows how to kiss and she needs his skills to pull off a stunt to get back onto the varsity soccer team. Soon enough the line between business and actual romance starts to blur and Parker finds out that maybe she's enjoying her time with Tristian a bit more than she had expected.
Sarah BT
Jun 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens looking for a light fun clean read
This was a fun, quick, light read. It combines romance and sports and even a bit of mean girls. Parker is great character. I think because she's not a stereotypical jock or a typical girly girl, she'll appeal to a lot of readers.
Tristan is a great guy for Parker-he's smart, funny and confidant. I'm sure he'll be on many lit boy crush lists!:)
Parker does get a little annoying because she doesn't realize how mean her so called friends are, but I am a reader looking in, and Parker has to learn on
Jan 22, 2009 rated it liked it
I fell in love with this book cover and knew I just had to read it. It also has such a great title! Parker is a typical high school girl that goes through typical high school "stuff." I like how Ferraro gave her a what is commonly a boy's name and made her an athletic girl, not a girly girl. So many books you read have girly girls in them. I feel like Parker is a real girl that many teens will be able to relate to. What teenage girl doesn't wish she could just take Mommy's credit card and go to ...more
Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it
This book can definitely be summed up in one word: cute. Honestly though, it had me squealing and giggling at almost every other page. I for one am not huge on giggling. Combine that with squealing and you have a book to be reckoned with.

What I love about this book was the chapter titles. It definitely played with the title, The ABC's of Kissing Boys, quite ingenious in a way. The short definition combined with the humor makes a wonderful chapter title.

I also love the surprise in the end involvi
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
Aug 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-ya
I’ve wanted to read this one for awhile now. I’ve enjoyed Ferraro’s other novels and thought this one had a cute storyline. I didn’t think a lot of the scenario’s were that realistic, but that’s the great thing about fiction. Parker was a nice character, she didn’t come across as either too popular or too nerdy, just a good balance of both. She learns some good lessons (not just kissing) along the way and the story ended up being really cute. The kissing stuff was pretty strong at the beginning ...more
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it
I really really really liked the cover - utterly and undeniably quite luscious! I will admit that I did not expect much from this book except light and fluffy, and in that regards, it did not disappoint.

I had been looking forward to the actual ABCs that open up each chapter. For some reason, I had expected each letter to describe some new form of kissing. While some of them did - is it just me who is a little freaked out by the Butterfly Kiss?! - others stood for reactions and advice when it com
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - I adored this book and devoured it in one sitting. Not only is the premise terrific, the characters are well-drawn and sympathetic. I enjoyed spending time with them; and there was a comforting quality to the town that made me want to stay longer. I would've happily continued reading for a long time. I loved that soccer politics was a subplot, along with a few mysteries regarding the neighbor rivalry and whether the main character would be placed on Varsity (and if she even should be ...more
May 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was short, sweet and fun. I enjoyed it a lot more than I did How to Hook a Hottie but I don't know why.

I though the whole kissing booth scam was hilarious and absolutely brilliant. I mean, who would dream up something like that? Amazing! I also loved the way Parker got to know herself again and learned to like herself the way she really was and not as the person under Chrissandra's shadow and rule.

The whole mean girl clique bullying the rest of the girls with subtlety and evil was real
Nov 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Claire by: girls who want some light reading- bullying, doing wht you enjoy
Parker is an elite soccer player, she fully expects to move into Varsity girls soccer when her junior year starts. She is Devastated when she is chosen to be captain of JV instead- Her alpha grrrl friends now viciously shun her.
Parker's brother comes up with a fantastically wacky plan to have Parker join the kissing booth at the sports fund raiser- but- Parker has to step up her kissing skills.
Enter the Freshman across the street who is willing to teach Parker far more than she bargained upon.
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

This was a cute and funny read. I didn't like Parker too much, but I grew to like her more as the story continued. Tristan is sweet and a bit too predictable. I enjoyed reading about Parker and Tristan's family feud; it was a good addition to the story.

The ending was sweet, although I already knew it was going to happen. Things clear up between the two families as well, which I liked. You'll never guess who started the rivalry. :P

Overall, this was a very short but cute re
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I am the author of three young adult novels with Random House: Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, How to Hook a Hottie, and The ABC's of Kissing Boys (AKA Ten Ways to Kiss a Hottie). In addition, I self-published The Starter Boyfriend, and released a Lunchbox YA romance, Stupid Cupid.

I've been writing since I learned to hold a pencil, and sold upwards of a hundred short stories to national mag