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Becca and her boyfriend, Alec, attend different schools, but they make things work—mainly by being inseparable after school and on weekends. So when Becca has to take a job at a coffee shop, she is more than a little bit insecure about what this will mean for their relationship.

Meanwhile, new-girl Camille meets a haiku-spouting boy who makes her genuinely laugh, even thou
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Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published April 21st 2010)
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Emerald
“the goal is to keep yourself moving, remember? don't linger. don't hover. you are not going to stay.”

Katie
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2012
I loved the little blip on the dust jacket. I did. I really did. I absolutely love romantic YA stories so I figured this would be exactly what I was looking for. And I continued loving it as I flipped through the copyright information, the acknowledgement, and the dedication. Then I found the first page of the book and it all fell out the window from there.

The first thing that annoyed me was the grammar on Camille's part. I'm usually NOT a Grammar Nazi (or not one of the annoying ones that comm
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Rosalyn Eves
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book more than I expected to--I think mostly because I admired what the author was trying to do stylistically. I picked it up expecting it to be your standard YA chick lit (judging solely by the title and the cover), and then found that the story is told from the point of view of two girls, Becca and Camille, whose lives intersect around a boy, Alec. What was unusual here was *how* the points of view were related: Camille tells her story in a kind of stream-of-conscious journal form ...more
Kari
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a beautifully weaved take on a love triangle type situation, pitched through alternating points of view that are connected in an invisible way. Though it took me a little to really get into the novel, it was well worth it. Camille and Becca have separate lyrical styles, one more prose than the other but it certainly helps paint their overall unique perspectives.

The pacing, first and foremost, is unique and endearing. Some events that are classically elaborated on in most books are instea
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Mike
This was one of the most unique books that I've read in a long time, beyond a doubt. I'll confess that I've never read anything written in verse before; I always assumed it would be distancing and gimmicky.

But not a thing about this book was gimmicky. No, everything about the dual narration was intentional and controlled. Camille's second-person narration, for example. There are a lot of ways that you could read it, but I chose to see it as a demonstration of Camille's disconnect from her life.
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Jennifer
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Becca is a sweet girl who is in love with her long time boyfriend Alec. Alec writes haikus to her all of the time. He is a jock, but the time that they spend together is magical. She honestly can't picture her life without him. Becca is also part of the literary magazine, and when she narrates her part of the story, you can tell the structure of her poems and the word choices that she really cares about structure in her life. She enjoys tasks and goals. After an unfortunate car accident, she is ...more
Jessica
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dove
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK GAVE ME ALL THE FEELS! It was so nostalgic, tragic, and beautiful!! I give props to this author because 1. it's literally impossible to write an entire novel in just POEMS 2. it's legit impossible to tell a GOOD and ENTERTAINING story in poems. The author accomplished both of these with easee. I read this in one sitting. It was fantastic! I've never read a book written in such an unique manner and I'm so happy I read it! It was hard at first, because I don't like poetry, but I soon got ...more
Pearline Ho
Mar 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: verse
It's like watching a train crash. It was a watered down YA version of stream of consciousness that was that bad, you just feel compelled to finish it.

Becca's pov was written in verse style
that i still could handle,
but she was so besotted
and whiny
and clingy.

camilles pov is just lack of punctuation and all the uppercase and lowercase like a whole paragraph of words said in a single breath albeit without really thinking if they are constructive or they just seek to occupy space to make the nov
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Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the reasons why I read novels in verse. They're all about character and emotion. You get right to the heart of what the main characters are thinking and feeling. The book is written in two voices. Becca is the girlfriend, and she writes in verse. I greatly preferred reading her sections. Camille is the (unwitting) other woman, and she writes in stream-of-consciousness journal entries. Which would be exactly why I didn't like her parts as much. I dislike stream-of-consciousness sty ...more
Pamela
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My real rating for, 'After the Kiss,' is 4 1/2 stars. This was the first story I ever read in alternating verse and prose format, but I have to say that I fell in love with it. You could really see the characters (Camille & Becca) progress throughout the plot, emotionally and mentally. I read in a total of four hours. A great quick read!!! And I honestly can relate!!! <3 <3 <3
Catherine Johnson
This is
a clever novel
in verse
that captures
deep emotions
using free verse,
wonderful prose
and delicious poetry
A great
character-led
novel.
Michelle Ramirez
“After the Kiss, This book was a book that any teenage girl would like. Well from my point of view, it was a pretty good book. Filled with drama at points, poetry, and my favorite of all, romance. Looking at this book, made me figure out the reason i bought it in the first place. The cover is so fancy and cute. Its the "in" kind fo style. If you know what i mean. Well about this book. Becca the usual school girl, perfect life, in my opinion the "Movie" life, with a smart good looking jock, with ...more
Destinee
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the kiss is a Romance book. It includes in the title a little romance feeling. Not only that, throughout the book you get two different stories of two different girls and their perspective on life. Camille and Becca are living two different lives without even knowing each other. Eventually, all because of one boy everything will change. Will they battle for the boy? Or will they go separate ways and find someone else?
This book had tons of good strengths. It fully gave you details about the
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Sarah
Told through alternating verse perspectives.

Becca's boyfriend, Alex, grows distant, as she spends more and more time at her after-school job. Until, he is seeing making out with new girl, Camille. As their relationship ends, Becca attempts to understand why he cheated on her and who Camille really is.

Camille is having trouble in her new town and she finally thinks she is getting friends and a new boy, when Alex kisses her. However, it turns out that he is cheating on his girlfriend, and she ca
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Alicia
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a good book, I would recommend it to anyone.
02SteveeW
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to 02SteveeW by: found it myself
After the Kiss, This book was a book that any teenage girl would like. Well from my point of view, it was a pretty good book. Filled with drama at points, poetry, and my favorite of all, romance. Looking at this book, made me figure out the reason i bought it in the first place. The cover is so fancy and cute. Its the "in" kind fo style. If you know what i mean. Well about this book. Becca the usual school girl, perfect life, in my opinion the "Movie" life, with a smart good looking jock, with h ...more
Jordyn
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, ya, ace-list, verse, split-pov
Though Camille and Becca have never met, their lives become intertwined when Camille kisses Becca's boyfriend, Alec. For Becca, the kiss signals the end of her relationship while it unmoors Camille, who has gotten good at not setting down roots as her family is constantly picking up and moving. Written in split POV with both verse (Becca) and second-person stream-of-consciousness narration (Camille), the book explores the kiss from both girls' viewpoints as they deal with what comes after.

Since
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❅ (t.c) (hiatus: school)
2.5 stars

I liked this book the best so far out of Teera Elan McVoy's books ^_^ (haven't read the "Boy" one yet, so will get to that)
Well, first because of the unique point of views and writing style. And yes, Camille's voice is done where words seem to not stop, and the sentence goes on and on till the page just fills up, Beeca on the other hand, says in voice in free-verse, poetry style. I disliked Beeca, because she came off has a rude-snotty-bitch to Camille out of jealousy, when really, s
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Brittany
This isn't Camille's first move to a new town, and it won't be her last. Her parents move her whenever a new job calls. She has to just pick up her life and leave—her best friend in Cali, her heart in Chicago—and Camille has no say. She's shattered after this move from Chicago, but she figures it's only a matter of time before they move again. She'll just blend in and make no attachments, that is until the kiss.
Becca and Alec seem to be a match made in heaven. She can't believe she has a jock bo
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Alexandra
Terra Elan McVoy wrote many books but the one I am about to tell you about is no exception. Ladies and gentleman, for you reading pleasure, After the Kiss. After the Kiss is a for the most, a beautiful book. It is told in the two perspectives of Becca and Camille. These two Girl don't share much in common with each other. Becca on one hand is a small town girl. She has never lived anywhere else than the place she was born, a little town down south in Virginia. She lives with her mom and to suppo ...more
02RachaelF
This is a story about a love triangle. It shows different point of views through the entire book. One being Camille’s perspective, one being Becca’s. (Camille and Becca, as you probably inferred, are two of the main girls in this story.) However, it did take me quite a while before I could get into this book. I was glad I kept with it at the end. I think it took me a while to get into the book because of the way it was written. I wasn’t quite used to it. One girl wrote in a journal type form, th ...more
Sarah
Review originally posted here.

To be honest, I bought After the Kiss for two reasons. 1. The cover. How simple and yet awesome is it? And 2. I went into B&N just before Valentine’s Day in the mood for some YA contemporary romance. I bought this book alongside Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance. And also, for the sake of honesty, I wouldn’t have bought this book if I’d realized it was prose poetry. But I read the back of the book (the story and plotline is definitely fun!) but didn’t flip through t
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Emma (Miss Print)
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Camille isn't impressed with her new town. It's nothing like her old town (or the one before that, or the one before that). It's tedious making new friends during senior year only to move on like she always does, like they all will with college around the corner. Still, she'll put on a show and pretend it all matters while she marks time until her escape.

That's always been her process and the plan is no different here. Not until she meets Alec at a party. He isn't the boy she left behind. But he
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Taryn
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is good, but kind of weird
It is about a girl and a boy who are dating
And it is about friends and their problams
Written&Read
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-reads
So far, I've read two Terra Elan McVoy books, and I loved them both. I put After the Kiss on reserve at the library without hesitation, and just got it on Sunday. So there I was, expecting another great book from her, and when I fipped to the first page...

"Um? Mom? It's told in poetry."

Yup. About half of this book is told in poems, from Becca's point of view. The other half is a bit longer and goes to Camille. She tells her story in run-on sentences, with zero capitalization and little punctuat
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Clementine
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, fiction, ya
Becca and Alec are the perfect “it” couple. She’s fallen for him hard. Camille is the new girl in town and is careful with her heart. She moves around so much that she never gets invested in much, especially since leaving Chicago. Then she receives an unexpected kiss from a mysterious boy and her world is turned upside down. Unfortunately, the mystery boy is the same Alec who is the center of Becca’s world.

Told in split-point-of-view from both Becca (verse) and Camille (second-person stream-of-c
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Natalie
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic-fic, ya
3.5 Stars

After the Kiss was an ambitious book, to write an entire book of poetry (with some poetic verse thrown in for good measure) but instead of diving into the harsh and gritty topics Ellen Hopkins delves into, writing poetry about the two girls on either end of a cheater.

McVoy is a talented writer; some of the poems, metaphors, phrasery, etc were beautiful. Yet the plot for After the Kiss was lacking, the character development got lost in the poems, and Kiss lost its meaning. Becca, for ins
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02madalynm
This is a beautifully woven take on a love triangle type situation, pitched through alternating points of view that are connected in an invisible way. Though it took me a little to really get into the novel, it was well worth it. Camille and Becca have separate lyrical styles, one more prose than the other but it certainly helps paint their overall unique perspectives.

The pacing, first and foremost, is unique and endearing. Some events that are classically elaborated on in most books are instead
...more
Becci K
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After the Kiss kiss
By Terra Elan McVoy


I read after the kiss by Terra Elan McVoy. In the beginning I thought it was interesting but when I went on to read, it was hard to follow and understand. It has poems throughout the reading that go along with the stories. It is hard to follow because right when one story get juicy and you want to keep reading it switches to a new one.

It started with a girl named Camille and talked about her life and how she over thinks something’s with going too in depth.
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