Monday, November 26, 2018

Book Review: Kiss Collector by: Wendy Higgins

Release Date: December 18, 2018
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents' marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it's time to collect.

Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race...or at least some of them."

My Thoughts:

This was a cute read and I think people who are big fans of YA contemporaries will very much enjoy this book. I am not the biggest fan of YA contemporaries but I do love Wendy Higgins so I had to give this one a read. In the end it was really enjoyable and super cute.

Zae is a great heroine because she’s realistic. She is far from perfect and she has flaws and she has some unlikable moments and that’s why I liked her so very much. She is going through a really tough time and it’s understandable why she wants to find a way to take control. This book also puts a strong emphasis on the relationship Zae has with her girlfriends and while I do think they were terrible at times, I also appreciated that it showed them forgiving one another in the end.

I will say this book was a bit too catty for me at times. While I know that there are some girls who behave this way, I just get tired of seeing it portrayed so much. Girls can be so much more and I just no longer have the patience for it. But again I know it’s not necessarily unrealistic. Also for a book called Kiss Collector, I could have used a bit more romance. But I did enjoy the romance that popped up there finally at the end. Also the book did take a bit for me to really get into, but the last 25% I really really REALLY enjoyed. It definitely finished very strong.

All in all, Kiss Collector was a good YA contemporary and while I had some small issues with it I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to a fan of the genre.

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