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Confessions of a Serial Kisser

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,719 ratings  ·  284 reviews
Does the perfect kiss exist? This smart and funny modern romance from the author of Flipped explores the pleasures and perils of love. Perfect for fans of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Evangeline Logan wants a kiss. Not just any kiss—a “crimson kiss,” like the one in a romance novel she’s become obsessed with. But the path to perfection is paved with man
Paperback, 294 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by Ember (first published January 1st 2008)
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May 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't even finish this book. I got less than halfway through and just gave up.
First of all, the girl was the most stupid and irritating character I've ever had the misfortune of reading about. She goes around kissing guys at random because she wants a 'crimson kiss.' What. The. Heck. No one is that stupid in real life. You don't just do that. Not even whores work that fast. And is she an idiot? What does she think made the romance novel's kiss a 'crimson kiss'? Two good kissers? Ha. What an
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Van Draanen, Wendelin. 2008. Confessions of A Serial Kisser.

I'm on the fence with Confessions of A Serial Kisser. I loved the opening chapters where we are introduced to the narrator, Evangeline, and catch a glimpse of the premise. A young teen girl, who discovers, while cleaning, her mother's stash of trashy, smutty romance books. Out of pure curiosity and with a bit of disdain, she starts looking at them. She starts by reading the blurbs, then progresses to reading random passages. But before
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, gifts, 2012, ya
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Wendelin Van Draanen is the author of one of my favorite books ever, Flipped. I love Flipped -- I have read several times and pushed to several people and even cried while watching the movie. I never really got around to reading the author's other works, until I got it for a gift. It took me another year to read it (just like my other books in my TBR, heh), and I thought it would be the right book to cleanse my palate over reading something a little bit more serious
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Confessions of A Serial Kisser is one of the funniest book I have ever read. And that’s saying a lot since I’ve read tons of books which I’m sure you guys all know. :)

What I loved about Confessions of A Serial Kisser was the hilarity of the plot. It was entertaining and definitely kept me engrossed in Evangeline’s story. It was interesting to see how Evangeline got her “inspiration” from a romance novel, The Crimson Kiss, and how she went about in obtaining that “crimson kiss.” Her plan, though
Ashlee Thomas Watt
This book was disappointing...
I know what you’re thinking, “Ashlee, just look at the title. This book isn’t set up to be a classic.” And I KNOW that. However, in my defense, I have loved Wendelin Van Draanen’s books before (I mean, have you read Flipped? It’s amazing). But this one is not up to par.

I get it. Draanen is trying to create a character whose flimsy actions reflect her deep feelings about her parents’ rocky relationship (not a spoiler, you find it out in the beginning). But —-ehhhh—
Jackie "the Librarian"
This chicklit title can't decide whether it wants to be an outrageous comedy like the Louise Rennison "Georgia Nicholson" series, or be a more serious story about divorce, communication and relationships. It's not bad, but it's not that good, either.
Evangeline's parents are separated, and so she tries to help her mom out as much as she can with the housework. While vacuuming her mom's room, she finds a stash of cheesy romances, including one called The Crimson Kiss. She finds herself captivated
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got all the way through this book before I realized it was by Wendelin van Draanen. (It was a Kindle version, so it's not like I saw the cover much.) She is pretty much amazing, that's all I have to say. I've read a couple other books of hers, Flipped and Swear to Howdy, which are both very funny, but perhaps for younger audiences. This one is about a girl who just loses it a little bit and turns into the school serial kisser nearly overnight. Note to self: steamy romance novels are dangerous ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is what I'd expect from a middle schooler writing about what high school would be like. The voice was never believable to me as a sixteen-year-old.

Also: if your name gets written on a bathroom wall for any sort of slut reasoning, guess whose fault it is, writer lady? NOT THE GIRL'S. Girls do not deserve that. Boys are jerks for writing that crap. Girls, kiss who you want. Kissing is fun! Has the puritanical streak in this country run so deep that now KISSING TOO MUCH is an effing probl
Stevie Sullivan
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen is about a girl named Evangeline wanting to find the perfect kiss with the perfect guy. Evangeline likes this one guy and she tried to kiss him, but thought the kiss was very uncomfortable.She continued to try and find the perfect guy that had the perfect kiss. I really enjoyed this book because it was funny seeing Evangeline being under pressure to have the perfect kiss. I would recommend this book at 6th graders.
Kaylee Salguero
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen is a really good book! The book is about this girl named Evangeline wanted to find the perfect crimson kiss with the perfect guy. She had a crush on a guy and she tried to kiss him and said how it was the most uncomfortable kiss she could possibly have. She tried it other times and hated it and tried to find the perfect one. This book is really funny because of all the stress she goes through to find the perfect kiss.
Alexandria Villavicencio
Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen was a very interesting book. The title of the book caught my attention as well as the first chapter “Dirty Laundry”. The first chapter started with a weird vibe, “My name is Evangeline Bianca Logan, and I am a serial kisser.” I didn’t know what a “serial kisser” was so I kept reading to find out. Since this is a romance book I definitely would not recommend this book to everyone.
May 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Evangeline has always been a "good girl," receiving good grades, hanging out with "good friends." She now lives with her mother in a tiny apartment having moved out of her childhood home after her parents' separation. One day she's cleaning in her mother's room and finds a box of romance novels under her mother's bed. One of these books, A Crimson Kiss, draws her in, and she sets upon a mission to get her own crimson kiss. This mission soon becomes an obsession ...more
'Melanie Perdomo
This book is really good, to be honest. Evangeline Logan wants a kiss, that bad, a meaningful/loving kiss, that any girl wishes to have/get. Evangeline is so obsessed with books, that she found meaningful to her, which in that case made her want a kiss so bad.Which made her quest for a kiss.I recommend people to read this especially girls, because if you are that type of person that likes these types of books for example like romantic, serious, funny, then this is your book!
Von Bariuad
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Von by: A gift from my cousin
Shelves: young-adult, teen
(Source: I got this as a present from my cousin. Thanks to you, Remy!)

I believe that books can be moving and it can affect your life. This story proved it but in the other way around.

From a normal, basket-case, academic conscious teenage life, it was flipped by a combination of Romance novel and a Self-help book that made her life a bit exciting, embarrassing, messy and complete... one at a time.

She became obsessed over the Romantic Novel, "The Crimson Kiss". Coming from a broken family, Evang
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I had expected something good from this because of Flipped(Which you should totally read), but this book fell short on that.

Why you ask?

Because there were a whole lot of unexpected, non-romantic, not-so-drool-worthy of -


While I sort of expected


Yes I know this was supposed to be a fun book, but even then it doesn't justify to it's ultra 'cheerfulness' to kissing random people at starbucks or grabbing a guy to get rid of another. In places EVANGELINE (Now what is that name???) behaved like
Mar 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So far, the chapters are irritatingly short. I don't know why the author feels the need to create a new chapter for every conversation, train of thought, or miniscule event; but it's aggravating and unnecessary.

As far as my thoughts of the main character are concerned, she's coming off to me as something resembling a slut. There's nothing wrong with wanting a kiss to be special or fantastic. But that doesn't excuse the fact that all she's really doing is flirting with and kissing random guys she
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evangeline is in search of the perfect kiss. She’ll stop at nothing to find a kiss like the one in A Crimson Kiss, the romance novel she found hidden under her mom’s bed. But finding that life-changing kiss proves to be more difficult than she had anticipated. Lots of boys seem to have potential but when tested are really “missers”, ear lickers, or fish-lipped kissers. She wonders if any of her kisses will ever rival Delilah and Grayson’s in A Crimson Kiss.

Evangeline gets a bad reputation for he
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2011
Moral of the story....don't go around kissing strangers becasue in High School you will be thought of as a slut. Or something like that.

Actually I think letting yourself be free enough to try and find your passion or your dreams is a really cool thing. Most of us, myself included, don't allow ourselves to open up to the possibility of the possibility. We instead wonder what if?

That's what I need to do, like Nike says, Just do it. Stop worrying and wondering what if and just do it.

And that's wh
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rwr
This books is about Evangeline, a high school student, who after finding a romance novel under her mothers bed, dreams about the perfect kiss. Which she calls a crimson kiss. She embarks on a journey trying to have that perfect kiss. To do this she kisses almost every boy in her grade to see who can give her a crimson kiss. On this journey she struggles with her best friend and family issues, while realizing the perfect kiss isn't so perfect after all.

I chose to read this book because my friend
Arianna Largo
The book " Confessions of a Serial Kisser " was okay. The story was not at all relatable to me. Evangeline the main character goes around looking for boys and when she finds what she thinks is the perfect guy she wants to have what she calls a " Crimson kiss." To me whats she does doesn't make sense.I mean who would want to have a kiss with pretty much everyone boy you meet. Anyway I would recommend this book to any one who just needs a book to read. ...more
The book,"Confessions of a Serial Kisser" by Wendelin Van Draanen, was one of the best books I've read.Even though I couldn't actually relate to the main character,Evangaline,I enjoyed the book very much.I could though relate to school events and activities.When I first started reading this book, I didn't want to put it down at all.I thought that this book was funny,descriptive,and entertaining.I would recommand this book to any girls who like funny and emotional stories based on teen girls. ...more
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of my least favorite books of all-time. The main character was annoying and stupid. It doesn't take a genius to know that a "crimson kiss" isn't just with the most popular boy or with the proper setting. The number of escapades that she went through took up the entire book.. it was soo incredibly boring and annoying. ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The book was okay. I didn't really like it that much. I had an expectation of what the book would be like but then, reality hit me. `What I really liked was that i enjoyed the book but not as much as i wanted to. What I didn't like about the book is that i only liked the ending. i would recommend this book to anyone who... well anyone thats bored. ...more
Anna Motteler
Aug 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any girl, or even guy!
Recommended to Anna by: My librarian.
I just finished reading this book, and I thought it was amazing. I literally could not put it down, it had me laughing nonstop. To picture this actually happening is quite funny, and makes you wonder if someone would actually randomly kiss you, just to get the crimson kiss.
Ms Threlkeld
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-plain-sweet
A sweet story about a girl who kisses many boys in search of a "crimson kiss." She is struggling with her parents' divorce, the repurcussions of kissing so many random boys and problems with her best friend. I read it in one sitting and felt very satisfied at the end. ...more
Anita Prince
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evangeline finds a romance novel called The Crimson Kiss under her mother's bed and becomes obsessed with finding the perfect kiss. In her quest to find her Crimson kiss, she makes some serious errors in judgment but eventually learns what she's really looking for. ...more
Luke Reynolds
I'm really not feeling this one. After a promising start, Evangeline's quests are getting more repetitive, and the juvenile writing and voice makes her come across as 13 instead of 17.

Plus, having a bunch of guys pining after her is gonna get annoying, so I'm out.
Jun 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was written by the same author as Flipped which was so cute. I was hoping for more with this one and was disappointed.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I also finally see that a crimson kiss isn't something you can chase because it's more than just the passionate meeting of mouths.

It's a confession.

It's the truth that your lips whisper to someone you love."

When I first started reading this book, I thought that it was one of those fluffy little YA books about a girl who is looking to get a great kiss. If it had been, it would have been a well-written and entertaining book. The real reason that I loved it, though is that it is so much deeper
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Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series, and wrote Flipped which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ, and became a Warner Brothers feature film with Rob Reiner directing. Her novel The Running Dream was awarded ALA’s Schneider Family Award for its portrayal o ...more

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