Author: Anna Michels
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Source: Received for review from publisher via Edelwiess
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Breaking up with her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. And so she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.
From the top of the Ferris wheel at her hometown carnival to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan, Veda takes every opportunity she can to add kisses (and boys) to her list, and soon the breakup doesn’t sting quite as much. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down.
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Anna Michels’s debut is the story of one girl who realizes that moving on from the supposed love of your life means taking a chance—and having the courage to love again.
Sometimes you just need a fun light read, and 26 Kisses fits the bill perfectly. I needed this book so bad. I had just read a pretty emotional story and this one had me smiling the whole time.
The gist is, Veda gets dumped by her boyfriend right before summer. She's devastated. Her friend and her come up with a plan for Veda to kiss 26 boys, one for every letter in the alphabet. SO Fun! There were a few letters that had me laughing out loud.
The romance was cute. Because there is a romance, and her kissing challenge gets in the way of that a bit. I also enjoyed her interactions with her best friends. Things get sticky for reasons I won't mention, but I liked the over all message there. Yay friendships!
There really isn't a whole bunch to say about 26 Kisses, but that's not a negative thing to say. It's an adorable summer read. It's not going to make you cry or keep you mind reeling for days after. And that's okay. It's just not supposed to be that kind of book. It will make you laugh however. You get what is promised and I was very pleased. :)
About the author:
When I was writing 26 Kisses, I asked myself, "If you could be seventeen again and be
kissed anywhere by any guy, what would happen?" My favorite scenes in the book grew out of that question--scenes that are stuffed to the gills with the sights, sounds, and smells of summer, and the fluttery feeling you really only get with a first kiss. I loved writing 26 Kisses, and I hope you love reading it!
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