Sunday, February 1, 2009

Enchanting Review: The ABC's of Kissing Boys

Contemporary Young Adult
ISBN# 978-0-385-73582-7
215 Pages
Trade—Available Now

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

Parker Stanhope has a plan. Since she was unceremoniously left on JV soccer, she knows the absolute perfect way to get herself bumped up to the varsity team, where she rightfully belongs. But there’s one big problem with the plan. Parker’s a little less than experienced where boys are concerned and if she’s going to pull this off, then the kiss she lays on her brother’s best friend has to be beyond believable. Enter freshman Tristan Murphy, neighbor and after an impressive display of removing the starburst wrapper with his tongue—her new kissing tutor.

THE ABC’S OF KISSING BOYS has it all—a fab girl in Parker, the mean evil girl and surrounding clique in Chrissandra and co, and the unlikely potential boyfriend in Tristan.

I really liked how Parker was willing to try something crazy to get herself back to where she believes she rightfully belongs, up on the varsity team with the rest of her friends, where she would have been had the numbers not been against her. The side story of the feud between her father and Tristan’s added a good extra layer of tension and humor to the story, with Parker having to sneak out to see her new ‘boyfriend’, a label their both inadvertently stuck with after a chance meeting with Chrissandra, which was one of my favorite scenes in the book. Another of the best scenes is when Parker finds her locker decorated with a baby theme courtesy of her ex-best friend. I loved the conversation between the two that followed. Anyone looking for a really fun read can’t go wrong picking up THE ABC’S OF KISSING BOYS.

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Enchanting Reviews
January 2009

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