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I Kissed Alice

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,760 ratings  ·  449 reviews
For fans of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Fangirl, I Kissed Alice is a romantic comedy about enemies, lovers, and everything in between.

Rhodes and Iliana couldn't be more different, but that's not why they hate each other.

Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator's block, while transfer stu
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Macmillan/Imprint
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
DNF @ pg. 101
I wanted so badly to love this, it sounded amazing! But enemies to lovers isn’t my favourite and this was sooo focused on the enemies part, and I didn’t care for the writing. I was pretty confused especially because I couldn’t tell the characters apart and it’s dual perspective. I wanted to push through but just found my attention wandering because I wasn’t connected to the characters. They weren’t really developed beyond just disliking each other.
Elle (ellexamines)
I Kissed Alice follows two girls, Iliana and Rhodes, who are best friends—and maybe something more—online, designing a webcomic together. In real life, however, the two despise each other, despite their mutual best friend Sarah’s wishes. It will take an art school competition and a whole lot of drama to get them together.

Okay, honestly, ever since I saw this blurb, I was hooked:
Two girls at a southern school for the arts find themselves in a bitter rivalry over the final spot in the scholars
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Unfortunately, I really didn't like this book very much. Based on the cover and the blurb, I went into this one expecting a light and fun enemies-to-lovers sapphic romance, and this just.. was not that book. It is definitely sapphic, but nothing about this book was fun. With all that being said, even if I had known going into it that this was a much heavier book than I was expecting, I still don't think I would have liked it all that much. I really didn't like either of the main characters and I ...more
"People will never stop asking for things. If I want to spend my life as an artist, I’ll spend my life creating what other people expect of me."

~ Rating- 2.5 stars ~

Content/ Trigger Warnings-
Anxiety, Depression, Alcohol consumption, Recreational Drug Use, Bullying, Financial Issues & Bankruptcy

Note- I have tried to include all the content warnings that I noticed, but there is no guarantee that I haven’t missed something.

-Mention of some these in the review-

"Hate is a complic
Nov 09, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: lgbt-read
25 November 2020
DNF at 20%. I'm confused and bored.
Maybe I'll start it all over again sometimes. Or find the audiobook. That would be the best.
But this cover just won't let me go.

3 March 2020
If you want to know why the cover has changed, you can find the answer here.

9 November 2019
All of next year's LGBT releases have so gorgeous covers!
"...despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities are starting to like each other...a lot. When the truth comes out,
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
Finally a story takes place where I'm familiar with: Atlanta and Alabama. Funny about the Atlanta traffic because I feel what Rhodes felt driving and merging onto the busy crowded highway, a nervous wreck! It's interesting getting to know about art competition and art school in this book. I enjoyed the humor, especially how Rhodes and her younger brother caught each other checking out the same girl. I love the illustrations and the cover. The way Iliana was described in this story is fascinating ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)
my bookstagram picture of the book in ipad with a grey blanket in the background

“She says she sees this version of Alice in me and reminds me almost daily that being brave simply means doing the hard thing—even if you’re terrified.”

I Kissed Alice is a YA Contemporary that I think will be incredibly divisive but that I loved so very much for its flawed and unlikeable characters and portrayal of the complexity of friendship.

I'm not gonna lie, this is one of those reviews that I'm almost dreading to write a little bit. I just think this book is going to have a lot
Jun 06, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF around 60 pages.

Unfortunately, I think the cover and description kind of misrepresent what this book is. Not to say there isn't an audience for it, but I am not it. The description suggests that this is a rivals-to-lovers rom-com where the girls are rivals at an art school over their art but meet anonymously online on a fanfic site. Which sounds very cute. Except that actually they are NOT rivals over their art. They're rivals over their friendship with a third girl and it is a very toxic an
Mar 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
2020 book covers need to sit down.
My eyes can't take this much beauty.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Well, I'm drained.

I Kissed Alice started out very strong, and I was excited to see where it would take me. I've actually read a few similar books before, and I love the real life enemies, online lovers plotline. Plus, queen teens! I had very high hopes.

However, though this book is billed as a romantic comedy, there is nothing, and I mean nothing funny about this story. Mainly, it's about frenemies being pretty terrible to one another.

It's also not really romantic. It's more of a drama with LGB
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, lgbtq, fiction
You know, before this book, I actually thought I had read enemies-to-lovers before. Now, after having read it, I realize that what I thought was enemies-to-lovers was merely two people who have the most vague irritation fueled by UST towards each other to lovers.

This book was exquisitely written, and if I were a different person on a different day, this would hands down be a five star read. But I do find that I prefer less enemies and more lovers, and that the angst factor was higher by several
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cute, gay enemies to lovers YA story about girls in art school. 🌈💜
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 08, 2022 rated it did not like it
I made it to about halfway on inertia alone. The sad fact is that I don't like anybody in this story. Both Rhodes and Iliana are mean, angry, and self-destructive.

Rhodes is deep in depression with an anxiety kicker that nobody else can see, possibly because the characterization is just that poor. I mean, her mom is pretty much evil incarnate (on the "using others for her own gratification" axis) so no surprise she doesn't see it, but neither can anybody else. The author has made Rhodes an active
Toya (the reading chemist)
I think the biggest downfall for this book is the marketing. It’s touted as an enemies to lovers romantic comedy. That is 100% false. Yeah, it’s enemies to lovers all right, but nothing in this book is funny. These girls are ruthless to one another to the point that their toxicity destroys each other and themselves.
Okay, but this is already one of my favourite f/f romances ever. Halfway through this book, I preordered a physical edition, because I was just loving it that much.

This book is about two girls who share a best friend but HATE each other, but they're also best online friends (who are crushing on each other) who work on a webcomic/fanfic of Alice in Wonderland together, and they don't know each other's real identities.

And the writing??? Is amazing?????? Honestly, this was so well written, and I a
Queen Ophilia III
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult-uhc
Thank you to Edelweiss+ to have given me a free arc for an honest review

I dont know who to blame this Review on: the author or the marketing person. I dont really have a problem with the book itself BUT the summary dont add up to the book in my opinion. In the summary we read that we have a rom-com with 2 Girls who are enemies due to their art but they meet anamously online and bound over some fanart. And from enemies they become lovers.

But to me the book isnt about to Girls having some sort of
Sapphic YA romance about two messy art students who hate each other in real life while they are in love online creating a fancomic together.

Read the full review on the blog!

Content warnings include: bullying, loss of scholarship, corruption, nepotism, abusive parents, class difference, destruction of art property; mentions of teens consuming drugs.

I loved the setup for this book. I adore enemies-to-lovers trope, and Rhodes and Iliana truly do hate each other, even though they share the same
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
[I received a digital arc from netgalley for an honest review]

I wanted to like this book. Enemies to lovers romantic comedy and an Alice in Wonderland theme made me so excited. Let's start with this is not a romantic comedy. I laughed zero times and nothing about any of this made me want to chuckle.

Essentially this story is about two girls, Rhodes and Iliana, who have the same best friend, Sarah and who hate each other to an extreme. They are in competition for an art scholarship and in competi
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
May 13, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
hater-to-lovers romance is what I live for

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Mar 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-challenge
I kissed Alice by Anna birch

Well I finally finished this book. I kind of liked this was confused for some of the book. But I like the book for the most part. I feel the beginning of the book could of been done a little bit better.
This book follows two I oung girls name iliana and Rhodes. They happen to enemy's except for online one fanfic page. They both have no idea that their enemy is who they are falling for online. The two girls go to a fancy art school and they are both going for the same
Aug 22, 2021 rated it liked it
2.75/5 Stars

I Kissed Alice is a YA romance that I was expecting to like a lot more, in the end I'm sorry to say that I found this novel to be just an okay read, definitely not something that will stay with me for long.
The idea of Rhodes and Iliana's online friendship might have been cute if it had been explored a bit more in my opinion.
Moreover, I wasn't the biggest fan of how everything went down at the end of the novel and how some characters behaved, it just didn't sit right with me.
May 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
I felt like this book suffered from a poor execution of its basic enemies to lovers trope-premise. The initial set up is that Rhodes and Iliana hate each other for some unclear reason or another. Both are friends with Sarah and seem jealous of the other but neither is romantically interested in Sarah, so it's just a jealousy over which is perceived to be the better "best friend". Frankly, the Sarah character flitters throughout this book but is never developed enough to feel particular germane t ...more
Trisha (semi-hiatus)
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked it!

This has been on my to-read, or at least in my sights for months, but I finally found a copy this month, so I was really excited to start this one!

The characters were really good, the writing amazing, the illustrations awesome, and the plot just engrossing!??!

I really like the enemies-to-lovers trope, and this one really delivered on that front. The fanfiction was just amazing, and their chemistry really good. I love books like this where they meet and interact online, then me
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a drama filled story about high school students competing for the prestigious Capstone Foundation Award which came with many perks. The story was told from the alternating perspectives of Lliana and Rhodes. They were both seniors at the Alabama Conservatory of the Arts along with Sarah, Lliana’s best friend since third grade, who was also Rhodes’ roommate. Initially, Rhodes and Lliana were civil to each other. However, after a campus incident that got Lliana arrested, civility was repla ...more
james ☆
my emotions are...mixed. the characters in this book are totally narcissistic, mean, and unlikeable - but also impossible not to root for and relate to on some level. i’d almost say “i kissed alice” read more like an outline than a novel. patches of info and buildup are “missing” or lacking, and the whole book up until some of the very last scenes are loaded with an addicting tension that just dissipates all of a sudden.

EDIT: the longer it's been since i read this book, the less i like it....so
Feb 26, 2019 marked it as maybe
"Two girls at a southern school for the arts find themselves in a bitter rivalry over the final spot in the scholarship program, even as they anonymously fall in love on a fanfic site" is this the real life ...more
Sierra Elmore
This book is AMAZING! I read a super early copy, so, will review closer to pub!
Mac (bookshelfpalace)
I’ve been listening to this on audiobook whenever I had the chance. School has been busy, so I haven’t been able to read as much as I want to. I was really enjoying the book at the beginning, but then I started to lose interest. I like the, “we know each other in real life, but we don’t know it” trope, but the overall plot of trying to win this scholarship just didn’t grab my attention. I would be interested to pick up more from this author in the future though!
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
DNF at 21%

Just not feeling it. I think this is more me and my general mood and not really jonesing with YA angst than this book.

Probably won't pick it up again, but I am very happy that it exists in this world. We need more f/f YA.

I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review
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