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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  4,545 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children. They’ve always played together, eaten with each other’s families, called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and deep down, Sylvie has always believed that they’d end up married to each other. They even have a magical fantasy world that belongs to them alone — and the glass hut where it’s all created, at the ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Doubleday UK (first published 2006)
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Ashling I don't think so. I mean, they're very young, and Paul probrably just wanted to prove to himself that he wasn't gay, and I'd say he got scared when he…moreI don't think so. I mean, they're very young, and Paul probrably just wanted to prove to himself that he wasn't gay, and I'd say he got scared when he actually got that far.(less)

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Cara Marie
Jul 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
I was a fair bit younger when I went through my Jacqueline Wilson phase, and most of her more recent books I haven't read. But I picked up the reader for this one, and it's like - ah. She's reliable. So, Sylvie and Carl have always been best friends, with their own private fantasy world and Sylvie's own assumption they're going to grow up and get married. Only of course it doesn't work like that. Carl changes schools, and they both have to learn who they are without each other. It's not a fun ro ...more
Michelle
I never ever thought I'd feel like this. I thought I'd just coast along somehow. I've always been careful...I felt so safe, you and me and our own private world. I didn't have a clue about what it's like to fall in love. It's frightening because it's so intense, it kind of takes you over. It's just like every stupid cliché, every silly song. You can't eat, you can't concentrate, you can't sleep. You just think about the other person all the time, even though you know it's crazy...I knew I didn't ...more
Inga Ingvarsdóttir
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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Emily
Aug 08, 2011 added it
Kiss is a novel written by Jacqueline Wilson, it is based on a boy and a girl, named Carl and Sylvie, who have been best friends ever since they were tiny, they've even called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and Sylvie imagines them getting married one day. They've always played games together, and made stories in Carl's glass hut about their dream world – Glassworld. But as they grow older, when they both go to high school, Carl attends a different school and Sylvie starts to see that Carl ...more
Maddie
Sep 18, 2016 added it
Shelves: library-books
Reading this now, nearly a decade after it was published, and after having read so many more books with LGBT+ protagonists, has been hilarious. It's not the best representation of a boy discovering his sexuality, as the girls in his life make everything about them and his parents seem to want to think it's just a 'phase'. The phrase 'he's not old enough to decide yet' is actually used, and I was like ??? I'm pretty sure at 14, you can be sure of the legitimacy of your feelings.

I was really look
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spacenaiads
May 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgb
Still angry about Kiss because I LOVED Jacqueline Wilson growing up, I've read so many of her books (even now, my younger sisters sometimes bring home her newest books and I often end up reading them). I have the greatest respect for her writing, I think she's brilliant and super talented at getting into a child's head, and this is why I find it so terrible. She wrote this book after over two decades as a successful children's author, where the vast majority of her books are about girls and are ...more
Simone Perren
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This book has many nostalgic feelings about it because although I didn't read this particular book as a child; being 14 when this book came out, I had decided I was far too grown up to read 'children's books', I loved Jacqueline Wilson books throughout my childhood. Any one of her books fills me with memories of reading and discovering my love for sitting down with a good book. I knew before I read this book that it would be great! It was!
Reading this book reminded me how fantastically Jacquelin
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Bethany Miller
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Carl and Sylvie have lived next door to each other and been friends forever, and Sylvie had always believed that one day they would get married, but lately something seems different about Carl. Carl has earned a scholarship to Kingsmere Grammar, an exclusive all boys’ high school, and Sylvie misses having Carl around at school. After school, he seems to want to spend less and less time with Sylvie and doesn’t seem interested in playing Glassworld an elaborate fantasy the world that the two of th ...more
Connie
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, owned
Source: I own this book.
Cost: Unknown

Title: Kiss
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Genre: Middle grade, contemporary
Overall Rating: 3 stars

This is your typical, reliable Jacqueline Wilson book with a bit of an LGBT+ twist. Wilson was the person who presented darker and tougher topics to me as a child, and I think that's kind of why I'm slightly more understanding to certain things than some others, if that makes sense. She tackles sexuality, divorce, poverty, bullying, and adoption in her middle
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Jessica
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novel tells the story of Carl and Sylvie who have been best friends throughout primary school. However, Sylvie starts noticing that Carl is becoming more and more distant and reluctant to spend time with Sylvie. This is the main focus of the story, the changing relationship between Sylvie and Carl. I was looking forward to reading this book as I have not read a Jacqueline Wilson book in a very long time (we are talking 5+ years) and I found that I enjoyed it almost as much as I had done whe ...more
Laura
Nov 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
What happens when your BFF is the boy next door - the boy you're in love with - and that boy is in love with another boy at school?

Sylvie and Carl's Glassworld seems to rip-off Bridge to Terebithia and The Secret Language, but that's a minor complaint. Far more important is the way Sylvie grows up with her new friend, Miranda, and learns to accept change (like Mom dating). Carl's "secret" is handled sensitively, although I did wonder whether having his family (and Sylvie and Miranda) accept him
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Mia
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story of friendship, sexuality and love. The best of Jacqueline Wilson, such a great story, well-paced and has a real plot to it. Even though Carl and Sylvie are quite annoying at the parts to do with Glassworld, they are intriguing and fascinating other times. Miranda spices things up and so does Paul.
I read this when I was about 11 and really enjoyed it, reading it a lot. When I got to the age of 14, I read it again. This time I cried. I was about the same age as them at this point
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Richa Bhattarai
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s a wonderful novel - I’d recommend it for all teenagers, because Wilson writes so intimately and kindly of the want and need to explore sexualities and friendships during those years. She is one of my favorite writers, because she is so knowledgeable of so many issues, and writes on them tenderly. If your child has come out or is trying to, I think this would help a bit.
Hannah
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I decided to re-read my childhood collection of Jacqueline Wilson books and this was my latest read. However, I've realised that maybe this book shouldn't have been in my childhood collection, as it was very mature. However, thats how I like them!

'Kiss' is a story for older fans of Jacqueline Wilson. It's based on the character of Sylvie who is going through that awkward stage of growing up. She has no breasts, she's not started her period and she has never been kissed. And to top it all off, he
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16BlandfordI
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this book, not as much as Jacqueline Wilson's other books, but still. I really loved the relationship between Sylvie and Carl, and how Sylvie comes to accept that maybe she won't follow her childhood dreams of marrying Carl, but that they will always be best friends.

Carl and Sylvie were my favourite characters, I didn't feel I liked the character of Paul to start with. But after Sylvie finds out about Carl and Paul's relationship, I felt I understand him more.

I liked how there
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Hannah Jefferson
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Franziska
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sylvia is a girl whose fantasy never ends, she has her own mythical world with her best friend Carl. They call it glass world. Her life is perfect with only Carl and her. They do everything together, well the did everything together. They are now teenagers and have changed. Carl has moved on but Sylvia still wants to be best friends with Carl and she still wants to keep playing glass world. But this isn't easy. Although she doesn't know it something very shoking will change the way she thinks ab ...more
Théo
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Nahhhhhhh.

I guess I'm too old for that shit, I don't know.

Seriously though. The main character really annoyed me. I guess she's exactly the kind of girl I really would not have gotten along with when I was her age.

The only thing that was sort of interesting was Carl's sexuality, but even that was not handled that well. I felt like his sexuality was sort of denied at the end? I mean, he could have been bisexual, but I really didn't get that vibe from the ending. It was more like "Yeah, I did kis
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Danii Allen
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2016-popsugar
I'm honestly surprised how well this book held up, and how much of it I remembered, considering the last time I read it was eight years ago.

I read this to fulfil 'A book you haven't read since high school' for the PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016, and I'm so glad I did. This was definitely one of the first pieces of LGBTQ fiction I'd ever read (back at the wee age of 12), and it definitely played a monumental part in my reading, and personal, future and development.

I loved Jacqueline Wilson as a
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Penny_Hood
Apr 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Honestly, I can't get why would that book's ending be like that. It's not that I have something against homosexual people, not at all, I'm just saying that the ending was completely disappointing and didn't go with the flow of the whole plot. I really expected way more things and yeah, I can tell it's the kind of book that when you finish it, you just throw it out of the window without even having second thoughts.
Molly Whitelock
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it had a brilliant plot and I would, and have, read it again many times. It shows becoming a teenager perfectly; proving how becoming a teenager isn't all its said out to be, and that nothing can go quite to plan.Would highly recommend to any teen.
Rachel Poon
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's all about gay-ness xD Seriously I don't get it, why would Carl like him? :P
Ailie Grant
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books from my childhood! Read it many times and loved it even more each time.
Victoria Melita
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
You all know who Jacqueline Wilson is, right? She’s a legend in the YA market in the UK. She’s written a lot of books marketed towards young, often prepubescent girls about broken families, adoption, friendship, sibling rivalries, the works. I read a good portion of her books growing up, but this book has stood out in the last few years to me. It’s very different from her other books, and stands out quite well.

The story is told by Sylvie West, who is very small for her age and a very quiet, mous
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Amber Archer
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
this is one of the best jacqueline wilsons out there, in my opinion, but it does have some pretty big failings. i loved glassworld and the stories about it, but it seemed quite forced in some places, and not especially relevant to the current plot.
the main plot point of the book is carl being gay, and his and his peers' subsequent reactions to this fact. it's revealed quite late in the book, but it's quite obvious that that's where the plot is going after just a few chapters. it's also not handl
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Danii Allen
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-popsugar, lgbtq
Read as part of the PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019, to fill 2) A book that makes you nostalgic.

I mean, this book could have aged better, but it's still important to me.

I think this is the first queer book I ever read. It represents an important stepping stone in my development. Would I recommend it to queer/questioning kids now? Probably not. But I'm glad this book existed and I happened to read it back in 2008.

There are things I could nitpick about this ((view spoiler)
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Bláithín
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had always enjoyed Jacqueline Wilson’s books as a childhood favourite. This was the exception. I would not recommend this book. The plot is unoriginal but is also somewhat far-fetched. There are no good, likeable characters in this book. The main character, Sylvie, is very clingy at the start but by the end of the book her character has not developed at all. Miranda is probably the best character in the book but even she is still an entitled brat by the end of the book. Carl is not a very nice ...more
Haley Craig
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kiss!
So much wondefulness in one book. I have been a fan of Jacqueline Wilson for around 17yrs now.. i started reading her books at 8 years old and fell in love. Recently I decided to buy more of her books, ones i hadnt read when I was younger.. this being one of them.

It was fabulous! A teen story written perfectly.. first love, first heartbreak, friendships changing, growing older and of course giving advice without sounding preachy!! Also tackling the main topic of sexuality brilliantly, abso
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Stephanie Evans
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mia Norazharuddin
Jun 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
picked this book up because i felt nostalgic and it sold for 1.50 pounds???? I've grown older so this book didn't really suit my tastes but would have been a great novel to read when i was younger as this story delves into themes regarding sexuality and feeling comfortable in your own skin and also experiencing young love and heartbreak :'-(
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more
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