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If We Kiss

(If We Kiss #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  2,685 ratings  ·  332 reviews
Kevin led me quickly around the side of the building, then stopped. I managed not to crash into him. I tried to look calm, cool, unperturbed. I told myself not to laugh, especially not a snorting kind of laugh. "Wha . . . what did . . ."

And then he kissed me.

Charlotte (Charlie to her friends) finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is in love wit
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by HarperTeen (first published May 1st 2005)
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Jan 10, 2014 rated it did not like it

First off let me say that Charlie is a freaking dumb ass bimbo! Who in the hell would still want to kiss someone when all you could think of afterwards was GERMS?! Shouldn't you be thinking, oh I don't know, something along the lines of if you even like the guy?!?!?! Charlie always went on and on about how she hated Kevin but the second he kisses her she's all I LOVE YOU KEVIN!!! LOVE ME BACK!!! So f***king pathetic!! And even when her best friend.
Anastasia シ
the word(s): kiss, kissing, kissed is mentioned like 1-10 times on each page.. smh
The first half of the book was so cringe... but it starts picking up around Christmas when they go to Vermont.
I kinda liked it though..
I think I needed to read this book when I was younger because I did not relate to it at all. This book is about firsts - first kiss, first love, first heartbreak. Charlie is a high school freshman who, one day, is randomly kissed at school by a boy named Kevin. This confuses Charlie as she has never thought about Kevin that way and now she can't stop thinking about him that way. Problem is, that one kiss was the only interest he's shown and not much time later, he's kissing her best friend, Tess ...more
Carol Tran
Jun 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
This is the worst book I've probably EVER read! If We Kiss is about this girl named Charlie, who randomly gets kissed by this guy in her class, Kevin. Charlie used to hate Kevin 'cause she thought he was a manwhore. Now he's suddenly dating her best friend, Tess, right after he kissed Charlie. But Charlie can't stop herself from liking him, but keeps everything that happens between her and him a secret from Tess. More troubles erupt when Charlie's mom starts dating Kevin's dad. Both families go ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Rachel Vail's If We Kiss is an adorable story that focuses on one teenage girl's angst and drama when it comes to boys, best friends and her mom's new love life. The writing is great, the characters are funny (not overly cheesy), and I enjoyed reading the book overall.

But here's where I'm torn: When I'm reading a book, I normally read it as "Maria: 28 yr. old woman who loves a good romance novel." But there are times, particularly when reading novels truly meant for young adults (12-15 year olds
Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this was soo good i actually really like the end of this book and i usually dont like ends of books so its big that i like this one! lol
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I hate rating a low number of stars for a book. I really do.

But this book simply did not work with me. My reasons were as listed:


~I thought all the characters sounded one and the same. I know that's weird to say when the book was written in first person, but honestly? All the characters-- kids and adults alike-- sounded and acted the same to me.

~I truly disliked the main character. First off, I didn't think her voice was that of a ninth grader; but rather a s
Brad B.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This book was a very invigorating choice for me, albeit has a very confusing plot. So the basis of the story is that the main character is in love with her best friends boyfriend, and the boyfriends dad is dating the protagonists mom. It's honestly really confusing and on all different levels of weird. The book's pacing was alright, but could've been better. I like the way it's formatted, and how it's easy to read for newcomers. (on a side note I forgot to point out, the girl is fourteen and nev ...more
May 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
When We Kiss is definitely an entertaining read by Rachel Vail that follows the story of Charlie's crush and first kiss with a ladies' man (or boy). Kevin is the boy all girl swoon over and Kevin also happens to be her best friend's boyfriend. Wow--the complication of 9th grade love! And of course, there is George, who is of the best friend, next door neighbor status. Kissing Kevin is a growing thing--even Charlie can't believe she likes doing something so disgusting and something that could rui ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
3/5 Full Review can be found on

For me I found that the book was very fast paced, which I do really enjoy, instead of lolling it out. I know that Charlie and her friends are in grade 9 but I find that they are a little young, and she seems constantly confused when it comes to situations.

I really like the fact that Charlie's mom was having fun at the party, and even acting like a teenager herself.

I liked how Charlie would fight for what she thought was righ
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the beginning of the book but the ending was horrible(my opinion ).I wouldn't say I have a favorite character because there wasn't one character that I truly liked .My opinion on the worst character would have to be Tess I have to say.She was rude to Charlie too many times and she thought of herself too much.Especially the way she was humiliating Charlie at the end of the book(the party)however it was all Kevin's fault in the first place;because if he never got with Charlie and started ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Short, sweet with a bitter after taste.

The shortness of its length didn't leave much room to develop a liking to the characters. Then again, if a book is written well, the length wouldn't matter so much.

Relationships here were awkward and the pairings aren't really likeable.

I was just looking for a quick hit and this one caught my eye. I'm still interested to read the follow up, regardless of how I felt about this book.
Aug 16, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Not Recommended
Shelves: high-school
I never actually finished this book, because I got a little ways into and found the storyline so dumb, I couldn't continue for fear of melting my brain.
Nov 11, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
Read the first few pages and could not bring myself to continue reading. Very immature voice. I don't mind young and cutesy, but not immature and ridiculous.
May 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Worst book I’ve ever read. Endlessly entertaining.
Felicia Deane
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just describes me and my life
Posted on Dark Faerie Tales.

Rachel Vail’s If We Kiss is about a young girl’s first kiss and the kisses thereafter. But Vail talks about more than just a kiss. In a young girl’s life, it will always be more about the moment than the actual act of kissing and Vail talks about that. If We Kiss is simple and beautiful, bringing me back to the moment of my very own. Of course, Vail’s version is a little more complex than mine, and it makes for a great read.

In If We Kiss, Charlie is living life as a f
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book titled, “If We Kiss” written by Rachel Veil is a story about the typical high school drama that goes on everywhere. I enjoyed reading this book because the events that happened in the book made me think about some of the things that go on in my own school. The main plot is about one girl named Charlie, who kisses a boy named Kevin, who happens to end up dating her best friend Tess. Not only did Charlie have to struggle with her confusion over the kiss, and the fact that she had to lie t ...more
Holly (Novel Bliss)
Review originally posted on the blog. :)

I REALLY wanted to love this book. I mean, you like (and kiss) a boy whose dad is dating your mom? Yes please! Unfortunately, I’m really sad to say that this is my first DNF of the year, which is why there is no rating. Normally, I don’t DNF books, but sadly this one I had too.

I had a lot of issues with this book, the first one starting on page one. I just don’t get why Kevin randomly kisses Charlie out of nowhere. It makes no sense. I feel like the story
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: irp-shelf
If We Kiss is about a girl named Charlie who finally had her first kiss with Kevin Lazarus. She was a freshman in high school, and after he kissed her in the hallway in school, she had the biggest crush on him. Once Kevin’s dad and Charlie’s mom started dating, and Kevin and Charlie saw each other more, she slowly started to fall in love with him. One problem: Charlie’s best friend Tess is dating Kevin. Soon after Charlie got her first kiss, Kevin and Tess started dating. This may not have happe ...more
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: q3-2009
I am presently reading a 259 page work of juvenile fiction called If We Kiss. The writer, Rachel Vail, was born on July 25, 1966 in New York. I think it is pretty amazing how well someone of Vail’s age can depict such young characters. She is known not only for juvenile fiction, but also children’s picture books.

If We Kiss opens up telling about a ninth grade girl named Charlie experiencing her first kiss, this scene is written very well, from the awkwardness of the brick jamming into her back
Dec 06, 2009 rated it liked it
If We Kiss is a book with no real substance. I guess there could have been a message to it but it didn't come across to me. It all just seemed a little too pointless.

If We Kiss is about Charlie's first kiss and what happens afterward. The whole kissing part wasn't even that big. The story was more about what happens if she kisses him again later even though she didn't enjoy it the first time. Oh and things have really changed since the first time she kissed him seeing as now her mom is dating hi
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 10th-advisory
If We Kiss
Rachel Vail
259 pgs.
ISBN 0-06-056914-X

Charlotte (Charlie) fell in love with someone who she "shouldn't" be in love with. No one knows who this person is, not even her bestest friend Tess. With this secret kept all to herself, Tess slowly fell in love with him and they became a couple. Having to see them always together, Charlie doesn't know how to be herself. Besides this love relationship, her mother is also going out with his father. How is she going to continue
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-the-shelf
"It felt weird and distant yet familiar" (Vail253) That was how Charlie explained the feeling of dancing with Kevin at the end of the book, but I must say those words captured how I felt reading this book the whole time. Often times in stories of teens written by adults the teens are misplaced in the voice of the adult's memory of what it means to be a teenager. However, Rachel Vail captures the essence of teenage romance and naivety so well. There is a hidden truth in the characters that most a ...more
Makayla Terhune
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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If We Kiss
Rachel Vail
I rate this book a 5/5 Stars cause it was a very good book, I think you all should read it! If your into romantic and humorous books then this is the right book got you. This book is about a girl named Charlotte(called Charlie by her friends.) She has a crush on her best friends boyfriend. Will her best friend get mad at her. Her mom is still dating her dad but she thinks she might be dating something else. Charlotte gets shoving to a wall and started t
Apr 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like a stupid typical dramatic romance
Recommended to Olive by: Anna
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Mikey Cupcakes
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book was really good because it had a lot of situations that I could relate to. I think the ending was really good too because it ended with a really big statement. I understand liking two guys and not knowing who to live with the feeling. READ THIS BOOK!
Gaby T
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was alright, It was full of drama, so if you like girl/boy drama, this is the book for you. :)
Sara A.K.A. Sista Mary Gonzales
looks like a frend i kno... aulii!
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I was born on July 25, 1966, in NEW YORK CITY, and grew up in New Rochelle, NY, with my mother, my father, and my younger brother Jon. (And down the street from my future husband, though of course I didn't know that until much later.)

Some details, I do know-I was very into reading and theater, so I read every book I could get my hands on (especially realistic fiction, either contempo

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