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Lex Murphy's group of friends have all dated, hated, ignored and lusted after each other for the last few years. If only there was a way of matching people perfectly to avoid all the unrequited love, dumping and drama!
Then Lex's friend George is give a mysterious Sims-like game by his software-testing dad which involves building character profiles in the categories of Life
Paperback, 278 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Random House Children's Books
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Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
*Kiss, Date, Love, Hate* is a perfect YA romantic comedy - really, really funny, but with surprising depth by the end, and with fun SF elements in the mix. Just right!

15-year-old Lex and her best friend, George, are on a one-week film course when they discover a computer game that can actually change people's feelings and even appearances. At first, it just feels like a game - and like the perfect way for each of them to get their long-term crushes (also on the film course) to notice them. Every
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
The first thing I would like to say about this book is how well Luisa Plaja creates realistic teen narrative voices. This does however, mean that they are not necessarily like-able to begin with.

Told in first person narrative from the viewpoint of Lex. I adored the Jurassic Park link to the name. Lex is very much a daydreamer, she lives inside her head and is easily distracted. I can completely relate to this - ohhh look there is a squirrel [ ; D ] Lex continually over-thinks things, she isn't
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Lex used to carry on with Matt. Due to a certain incident, Lex broke up with Matt. Matt is now getting hot ‘n’ heavy with Gemma. Jess and George are Lex’s two best friends. George is madly in love with Jess but Jess does not reciprocate his feelings. Jess has a step-cousin, Drew. Drew gets along splendidly with Lex as buddies-in-perpetual-trouble. Lex, however, may also be attracted to Drew. But how is that possible when Lex knows that she is still p
Serendipity Reviews
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really do love the way Luisa writes.She is funny, warm and extremely entertaining whilst behind the scenes she is juggling real issues that affect teenagers at the same time. She sugar coats the morals until you have unknowingly swallowed them and only when you have had time to digest them do you begin to analyse what you have read. I am actually convinced that Luisa is a bit of a fibber - she has tried to convince me she is the same age as me; but she writes with such an authentic teenage voi ...more
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Many girls wish that they could magically get their ex-boyfriend to like them again, or even for something as simple as bigger boobs and longer hair. If given the chance I’m sure that we’d all change something about ourselves or our lives so when our heroine Lex and her best friend George play a mysterious online Sims like game starring not only themselves but also their group of friends who can blame them for tinkering around with the online settings? Giving themselves a better image and adding ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
Another fantastic read from Luisa Plaja. This young adult romance was origional in the plot line, which centred around a Sims like game where the setting on the game had an effect on the real life characters. The main protagonist Lex is highly likable and I enjoyed reading the book from her point of view, though she seemed to be a bit dim at times. I never for a second guessed that (view spoiler) ...more
May 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
*I won this through the goodreads giveaways*
I really was bored reading this book. I think it was the wrong genre of book for me. I am more into books that have more, lets call it 'substance' to it. I really hate reading about teen drama and about one girls problem with her ex, the people supposed to be her friends and some hot best friend's cousin? Did i get that right...the complications of the relationships and the plain ridiculousness of her problems, along with her magically appearing curvac
Petula Darling
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I picked this up because it looked like a fun YA read. I probably would have loved reading this book when I was 12, but it definitely skewed too young for even my immature taste.
Mary Farrell
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemp
This starts out like a light, fun read, but really deepens in the last quarter. I think it's a really great story. The characters are unique. ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, quick read
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best and most cutest novel ever... I read the hard copy three times already but I still can't get over it ❤🙆 ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it

Kiss Date Love Hate was such a fun read. Though it’d seem fantastic to be able to control real life through a computer game, sadly things are never that easy, as Lex and her friend George found out. I loved how they realised what they truly wanted by the end of the book, and I was left with a really happy feeling at the end – this was definitely a feel good book!

Lex was a very likeable character and I warmed to her immediately. She was very relatable and definitely a friend I’d love to hav
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I saw the cover to this book I knew I had to read it as soon as I could, whilst I’m not remotely a pink person the little computer characters and generally pixelated look of it really appealed to my inner geek. Then there was the synopsis, the idea that Lex could influence real life via a computer game, an intriguing concept. I thought I had a bit of an inkling of what to expect from this book, my expectations were met and exceeded my far.

I loved the plot of this book, Lex is mad
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
OK, it's official. My favourite book by Luisa Plaja has been replaced by this one! I love everything about it. The comedy, romance, magic, mystery. Over the period of time I read this it I couldn't stop. This involved lots of late nights and homework with no effort, but it was worth it... :D

Lex Murphy feels like she doesn't fit in. Her world is falling apart around her - her boyfriend, Matt, left her for her worst enemy, her best friend is deserting her for schoolwork and nobody understands her.
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This latest novel from Luisa Plaja is all about Lex and her nerdy Lord Of The Rings loving friend, George. The pair test out a brand new computer game, similar to The Sims. But then George discovers the game doesn't even work, at least not on screen. But what about in real life?
I had heard some very positive reviews for Kiss Date Love Hate for a while now, so when I received a copy for review, I couldn't wait to get stuck in. Like always, Luisa has managed to write a fantastic novel on relation
Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it
I’m really glad I read this book via an audiobook because the reader had a British accent which made the book seem a little more believable than if I was picturing the accents in my head. I’m pretty sure after this book, there would be incidences where I would find myself speaking in a slight British accent. It’s like brainwashing or something.

Kiss, Date, Love, Hate is a cute book. It’s a short read and can be considered as a beach read since it’s so lighthearted. The plot is pretty straightforw
Rachel S
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
A lovely, light, girly read from Luisa Plaja, what more do I need to say? I definetly recommend this to tween/teen girls who are looking for a unique and enjoyable read.

Lex Murphy has a strange group of friends. Not only have they all had their fair share of fall outs and break ups but her "supposed" best friend is too involved in her studies to pay attention to her, her other best friend stole her boyfriend and George, her clueless boy buddy is obsessing over a girl who won't even give him a se
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
4.5 Stara

Another brilliant, funny, sweet and magical story from Luisa Plaja. I completely fell in love with it!

When Lex and her best friend George test one of his father's games and decide to base all the characters on themselves and their friends, they find their settings actually change in real life! Can George use it to capture the heart of his long time love, and will Lex be able to get Matt back? But what about the gorgeous Drew...

OMG! How much did I love Lex? She is just absolutely adorabl
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Hooray - another Luisa Plaja novel! It's always such a treat when one of her novels is released, they're guaranteed fun and laughs and everything that's great about YA. She's a true talent and one of the best contemporary YA writers we have in the UK. The very first book I ever reviewed was her second novel, Extreme Kissing, and I've been a huge fan ever since.

Kiss Date Love Hate is pure fun from beginning to end. If you're in need of an escape from the outside world and want to curl up in anoth
Alice (The Reader Room)
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I first heard of Kiss Date Love Hate, the premise intrigued me but it looked a little young so I wasn't sure if I would like it. Despite not requesting a copy of KDLH I received a copy and decided to give it a go. Fortunately for me I did as I ended up really enjoying it.

The start of the book seemed a little juvenile but once I finally got into the flow of it and actually remembered what I was like at 15 I was able to connect with Lex and understand her choices a little better.

Plaja is real
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, 2012, uk
Lex's group of friends have been falling apart for a while, but when her and her best friend George get their hands on a Sims-like video game that lets them make changes to people's looks, life outlook, and even who they fall in love with, they never dream that those changes will carry over into the real world. But when they do, Lex sees the perfect opportunity to get back with her ex-boyfriend, Matt, who's currently in love with a girl (Gemma) who used to be one of Lex's closest friends.

I love
Mar 16, 2012 added it
Kiss Date Love Hate is Luisa Plaja’s fourth contemporary novel and my first taste of her writing. I was incredibly intrigued by the premise as I’m a huge SIMS fan and what player hasn’t put themselves into the game at some point?! It’s fun to think that you can manipulate your life through the game to suit your own purpose but you have to accept that this may have consequences of its own.

I have to start this review with an admission. When I first started reading the book, it was like overhearin
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uk-author, for-review
Luisa’s fourth novel Kiss, Date, Love, Hate is definitely my favourite of hers. It’s brilliant!

Kiss, Date, Love, Hate’s brand of freaky contemp (coined by Luisa!) is one of my favourites. I love the way that Luisa writes realistic, relatable characters with a sprinkle of magic that really could happen if you wish hard enough. Well, I like to think so, anyway! Especially when there are the possibilities the ones Lex and George come up against here...

Being able to change yourself and your friends
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Here first written review..i just felt like i needed to "comment" on some stuff
I did like the was entertaining, but weirdly, the one aspect that made me interested in it in the first place, the actual "hook" of the book, the "Sims" Inspired game that actually changes looks, characters and love interests in real life fell totally flat.

I feel like it would have been a wonderful book without it, the Game feels like kind of a cop excuse for the author to not further examine
Ria [The Beaucoup Review]
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing

First things first, this book was amazing. The writing style really draws you in and you want to continue. Luisa has a way of making you read on, whether you have time or not [resulting in over-due homework!].

The story-line is a great twist, not going into the game, but the game happening in real life. I would definitely re-read this, over and over again. I loved all the characters, but my favourite is Lex. A typical choice, as she's the main character, but she has a lot to cope with. You find o
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Kiss, Date, Love, Hate isn’t exactly what I expected it to be. It’s so much more than just a fun read.

Lex is a great character; she’s sarcastic, rebellious and hates school. To begin with I thought it was just because she was a bit of a brat but there is a really good reason behind her behaviour and I didn’t see it coming. I since re-read bits of Kiss, Date, Love, Hate since and the way Luisa Playa has woven everything together is impressive. Once you know you can spot it but until th
Emma Mills
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I haven't read many young teen girls novels, but occasionally I'll pick one up for some light entertainment. The novels I would compare Luisa's too would be those of Louise Rennison. The teenagers in these books are all believable and suffer with the same anxieties and ideals. What makes this story different is the fabulous plot idea! I love the idea of a trial computer game where you input all your details and manipulate real life. It brings up fun situations of course and comedy moments but al ...more
Lina Khairunisa
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love the idea turning everything that happens in just a digital game becomes true in a real life. It's like you can control everything around you and just redo it if you don't like it or what, it's sick man! The twisted love between Lex, Matt, and Drew I just love it. From the moment the character Drew appears in the page, I knew the ending already. It's a bit cliche but I enjoy it so much. Luisa did a good job in combining gaming world with reality and relates it to teenagers' problem-self es ...more
Skye Yeo
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit-1
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I loved the idea that a game may change Lex and her friends' lives (or feelings) and I loved how Lex's character developed. Before the game happened, Lex was completely hung up on Matt and would have done anything to make him be with her again but throughout the whole book she began to realise that maybe he wasn't the love of her life after all and begins to fall in love with Drew. (DREW IS SO CUTE) Anyway, I loved the plot twist where Lex realises that Drew wasn't under the i ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
After the first couple chapters, I put this book in the "too painful to finish" category because it has SO much stupid, teenage drama that I couldn't stand it. Once the book got into how the game was affecting people it got much better. By the last chapter it actually ended up being meaningful with a good message and I was kind of impressed. Drew and George are ok characters. Everyone else is annoying. The plot is a typical rom-com and everyone ends up happily ever after. Lex and Drew's back sto ...more
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Author of teen comedy romance novels including Split by a Kiss, Extreme Kissing, Swapped by a Kiss and Kiss Date Love Hate, published by Random House. Latest novel is Diary of a Mall Girl, published by Curious Fox.

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